Canton Non-Compete Agreement

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Generally speaking, in Ohio, 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". Compensation may be paid for employees who sign the covenant, or at times the employment may be conditioned upon such an agreement.

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 Ohio 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 Canton that is unreasonably broad.

The agreements must also deal only with those competitors whose line of employment is rationally related to the previous employer's. Lastly, the employer must have a valid business interest behind its motivation for mandating a covenant not to compete.

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

You may want to hire a Canton, Ohio lawyer to review the covenant before signing any agreements 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. 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 Canton

Canton is located in northeast Ohio. Specifically it is south of Akron, and is a part of Stark County. Per the 2010 census, it has a population of 73,007 people. Surrounding areas include Youngstown, Mahoning County, and Nimishillen Creek.

Popular sites in Canton include the Pro Football Hall of Fame, McKinley National Memorial, First Ladies National Historic Site, and the William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum.

Top employers include LTV Steel, Hoover Company, the Whirpool Corporation, and Balden Brick Company. There are also many small law firms and law offices located in Canton. Via these firms and offices, excellent attorneys are trained to handle all the legal needs of residents and businesses.

Overall, Canton is a wonderful place to visit and live!

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