Ithaca 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 when leaving the company. Such agreements are also known by the term "non-compete clauses". Signing such an agreement can 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 foresee whether a judge will enforce a given non-compete agreement. While employer's interest are important, 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. A court will usually hold non-compete clauses to be unreasonable if they involve unusually long periods of time or if they cover a geographic region surrounding Ithaca that is excessively large.

Covenants must also be limited to restricting dealings with those competitors that are reasonably related to the employer's industry. Lastly, the covenant not to compete must have a valid business purpose which is behind the employer's motivation for requiring the agreement.

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

Since covenants could restrict your rights, you may wish to hire an Ithaca, New York lawyer to review any documents. They will be able to negotiate further changes to the covenant, and can draft an entirely new one that is acceptable to all parties if needed. A lawyer can also render useful advice for employers who are contemplating suing an employee for breach of covenant, or they can counsel employees who have signed such an agreement.

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Life in Ithaca

Named after the Greek island of Ithaca, Ithaca New York is a charming city to live, work, and explore. Home to 30,000 residents, Ithaca is located in Central New York. The east coast city is located on the Southern end of the Cayuga Lake, which provides Ithaca with a moderate continental climate.

Ithaca is most famous for playing home to the Ivy League School, Cornell. Cornell has an undergraduate population of close to 20,000 students and the city is happy to play host to the undergraduate and graduate school campus. Not surprisingly, Ithaca has a very college town feel and a lot of the shopping, food, bars, and main street are tailored to their young students. Cornell also has a top-ranking law school that yields many top lawyers that choose to stay in Ithaca and practice law there. It is no wonder then, that Ithaca lawyers are highly sought after for their legal prowess.

Ithaca is also known for being one of the more culturally liberal towns in America. Whether it is the education, arts, musics, or museums, Ithaca is always on the cutting edge. Ithca is a wonderful town to visit any season.

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