Hempstead 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?

It is difficult to discern whether a judge will enforce a given non-compete agreement. 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. Those provisions that courts have seen to be unreasonable include those that last for an prolonged period of time or cover geographic areas around Hempstead that are unreasonably large.

Covenants not to compete are also required to deal only with competitors who are rationally related to the employer's line of industry. 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 provisions that could restrict your rights, you may consider hiring a Hempstead, 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. Attorneys can provide valuable counseling to employers who are considering suing an employer who breached a covenant not to compete. They can also assist employees who have signed an agreement limiting their employment options.

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Life in Hempstead

Hempstead comprises one third of the municipalities in Nassau County and is situated in the southeast. Hempstead is much larger than nearby Buffalo playing host to 756,000 New York residents. It is the 14th most populous city in the State of New York. The Town of Hempsead is the 47th largest employer in Long Island with 2,000 employees. The Village of Hempstead is incorporated within the Town of Hempstead that also includes a total of 22 villages and 37 hamlets. There are many lawyers living in Hempstead. Those lawyers are familiar with Nassau County courts and procedures in many different areas of law.  

Hempstead plays host to a number of outstanding parks and recreational areas including the Hempstead Lake State Park, Valley Stream State Park, and Jones Street State Park. The New York State Parks in the Town of Hempstead incorporate fishing areas, covered picnic areas, tennis courts, sports fields, boat launches, hiking, and nature trails. In the winter ice fishing, ice skating, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling are just a few of the activities offered by state parks in Hempstead. 

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