Dublin Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Dublin, OH

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 when leaving the company. Such agreements are also known by the term "non-compete clauses". Compensation might be paid for employees who sign the covenant, or at times the employment might 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 discern in advance. While employer's interest are important, 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. Terms contained in a covenant not to compete will be struck down by a court as unreasonable if they bind the employee for an unusually long period of time or if they cover an unreasonably large geographic area around Dublin.

Covenants must also be limited to restricting dealings with those competitors that are reasonably related to the employer's industry. Finally, the employer needs to have an acceptable business purpose 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?

You might want to hire a Dublin, Ohio 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. An attorney can also give valuable advice when it comes to suing employees for breaching covenants, or counseling employees who have signed one regarding whether they can accept a different job.

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Life in Dublin

Dublin, Ohio is a city that straddles Franklin, Delaware, and Union Counties. It is one of the fastest-growing suburbs of Columbus, with a population of approximately 39,000 as of 2009, up from 31,000 in 2000.

Dublin is perhaps best-known for hosting the Memorial Tournament, a major golf tournament which is part of the PGA Tour. Accordingly, many golf enthusiasts have chosen to call Dublin home.

During its early history, in the early 19th Century, Dublin, Ohio experienced an influx of immigrants from Ireland, and it got its name from one of the early Irish settlers and major landowners in the area, who named it after his hometown of Dublin, Ireland.

Dublin, Ohio hosts the headquarters of several major companies in the food service, healthcare, insurance, and telecommunications. Dublin, Illinois features over 1,000 acres of parks, and over 77 miles of scenic bike trails, and two manmade lakes for boating and fishing.

Given its size, and rapid growth, it's not surprising that Dublin, Ohio is home to many lawyers who have set up shop to meet the legal needs of a rapidly-growing community. Dublin, Ohio lawyers are highly skilled and competent. If you live in or near the city, chances are good that a Dublin, Ohio lawyer can help you with whatever legal issue you might be facing.

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