Binghamton Non-Compete Agreement

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Generally speaking, in New York, a covenant not to compete means that the employee will agree not to work for any of their employer's competitors upon leaving the company. Such agreements are also known by the term "non-compete clauses". Signing such an agreement may either be a condition for being employed, or the employee may receive additional compensation for doing so.

When are Covenants not to Compete Unenforceable?

Whether a given judge will enforce a non-compete agreement is difficult to know in advance. While employer's interest are significant, the courts of New York also put a high level of importance on a person's ability to pursue their desired employment opportunities. Consequently, a court will generally only uphold non-compete clauses which under the circumstances are considered to be reasonable. Some agreements that courts have considered to be unreasonable include terms that last for an unusually long period of time or that cover a geographic around Binghamton that is unreasonably broad.

Non-compete clauses are also limited in that they can only apply to competitors who are reasonably related to the industry of the employer. Lastly, the employer needs to have an acceptable business interest which justifies their motives in requiring their employee to sign a covenant not to compete.

Do I Need an Attorney when Dealing with a Covenant not to Compete?

Before you sign any documents that could restrict your rights, you may consider hiring a Binghamton, New York attorney who can review the covenant. The attorney can negotiate modifications to the contract if they are needed, and can draft a new clause which is acceptable to the parties involved. A lawyer can also render useful advice for employers who are considering suing an employee for breach of covenant, or they can counsel employees who have signed such an agreement.

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Life in Binghamton

Binghamton is the county seat of Broome County in the state of New York. With a population of 47,000, it is considered the cultural center of the "Greater Binghamton" area, also known as the "Triple Cities" metropolitan area. It was settled as early as 1802 and officially incorporated as a city in 1867. Currently Binghamton is known for being a city with a rich history of technological innovation. The city is the birthplace of companies like IBM, Link Simulators, and Dick's Sporting Goods. Binghamton University is also located nearby and is an important contributor to the economy and educational atmosphere of the Triple Cities area.

Residents of Binghamton enjoy the city's many urban and rural trails, which are suitable for bicycling and walking. One of the more popular urban trails is the Downtown and Northside River Walk, which winds past many of the town's main attractions. Binghamton also boasts a number of fitness and recreation facilities.

Notable Binghamton residents have included musical composer Frederick Ayres and author Liam Murphy. Binghamton has also made several appearances in many films, TV shows, and books.

Lawyers practicing in Binghamton, New York typically file their cases in either the Binghamton City Court or the Broome County Courthouse. The Binghamton Supreme Court Law Library has proven to be of great assistance for many Binghamton lawyers. Binghamton lawyers practice in a wide variety of legal fields and topics.

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