Bend Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Bend, OR

In Oregon, a covenant not to compete typically requires that, upon leaving the company, an employee agrees not to be employed by their employer's competitors. A covenant not to compete may also be called a "non-compete clause". Employees who sign them may either receive compensation or simply be required to agree as a condition for their employment.

When are Covenants not to Compete Unenforceable?

It is difficult to know whether a judge will enforce a given non-compete agreement. While employer's interest are significant, the courts of Oregon 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 Bend that are unreasonably large.

Non-compete clauses are also limited in that they can only apply to competitors who are reasonably related to the industry of the employer. Finally, an employer is required to have a valid business reason in its motivation for imposing a covenant not to compete on an employee.

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

Before you sign any agreements that could restrict your rights, you may consider hiring a Bend, Oregon 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. An attorney can also give valuable advice when it comes to suing employees for breaching covenants, or counseling employees who have signed one about whether they can accept a different job.

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Life in Bend

Bend if located in Deschutes County, Oregon. It is the largest city in central Oregon. Per the 2010 census, it has a population of 76,639 people. Nearby sites include the Cascade Range, Deschutes River, and the Ponderosa Pine Forest.

Bend is a great place to visit for those who love to mountain bike, fish, hike, camp, or go rock climbing. Basically it is a nature-lover's heaven. Popular attractions include the Vince Genna Stadium, the Central Oregon Indoor Sports Center, the Newberyy National Volcanic Monument, Tower Theatre, High Desert Museum, and Des Chutes Historical Museum.

Bend is also home to many attorneys. These attorneys have been trained by large firms or successful solo-practitioners. Either way, Bend attorneys focus on providing residents and local businesses with excellent legal services.

Overall, Bend is a peaceful place to live and a wonderful place to visit.

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