Hillsboro Non-Compete Agreement

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In Oregon, a covenant not to compete usually 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 can 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 discern whether a judge will enforce a given non-compete agreement. While employer's interest are important, 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. 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 Hillsboro.

Covenants not to compete are also required to deal only with competitors who are reasonably related to the employer's line of industry. Finally, there must be a valid business interest which motivates the employer's mandating a covenant not to compete.

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

Before signing anything that may restrict your rights, you might want to hire a Hillsboro, Oregon attorney to review the contract. A lawyer can then negotiate to modify the covenant as needed, or might even draft a new one that is acceptable to both parties Attorneys can provide valuable counseling to employers who are contemplating 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 Hillsboro

Hillsboro is the fifth largest city in Oregon, with a population of 91,611 per the 2010 census. Interestingly, Hillsboro is a high-tech center because many companies have established a presence there. In fact, Hillsboro's nickname is the "Silicon Forest."

High-tech companies in Hillsboro include Intel, Yahoo!, Sun Microsystems, Credence Systems, FEI Company, TriQuint Semiconductor, Lattice Semiconductor, RadiSys, Planar Systems, Genentech, Soloflex, and Rodgers Instruments. The legal force also has a presence in Hillsboro via many law firms (of all sizes), and law offices. These offices and firms train excellent attorneys tho handle all the needs of corporations, as well as local residents.

Some popular historic sites include Old Scotch Church, Imbrie Farm, McMenamins, Harold Wass Ray House, Zula Linklater House, Charles Shorey House, the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, and Manning-Kamna Farm.

Some famous residents include Samuel Thurston, William N. Barrett, David Hill, William D. Hare, and Josh Inman.

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