Utica 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?

Whether or not a judge will conclude that the covenant is enforceable can be challenging to know beforehand. 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. Some provisions that courts have considered to be unreasonable include terms that last for an unusually long period of time or that cover a geographic around Utica that is unreasonably broad.

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?

You might want to hire a Utica, New York lawyer to review the covenant before signing any provisions that may limit or restrict your rights. The lawyer will then be able to negotiate any modifications to the contract as needed, or they can even draft a new one should it be required by one or both parties. Employers can receive useful advice from an attorney should they decide to sue a worker for breaching a covenant, and employees who have signed such covenants can also benefit from a lawyer's counseling.

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Life in Utica

Utica is part of New York's Oneida County. Per the 2010 census, it has a population of 62,235 people.

The city is known for its beautiful attractions. Popular ones include the National Distance Running Hall of Fame, Mohawk Valley Ballet, Sculpture Space, Adirondack Scenic Railroad and Union Station, The Utica Symphony Orchestra, and The Utica Zoo.

Famous residents include Tommy DeCarlo, Chris Garrett, Steve Wynn, Art Mills, Dick Clark, Fran Cosmo, and Ron O'Neal.

Attorneys live and practice in Utica as well. These attorneys practice in many areas of law and focus on providing excellent legal services.

All in all, Utica is a wonderful place to live or visit.

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