Medford Non-Compete Agreement

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

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 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 discern whether a judge will enforce a given non-compete agreement. Even though the interests of an employer are important, Oregon courts value a person's freedom to select the type of employment that they desire. Thus, courts will typically uphold only those covenants not to compete that they conclude 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 Medford that are unreasonably large.

Limitations on non-compete clauses must also be restricted to cover only competitors who are related in a rational way to the employer's industry. 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 signing anything that may restrict your rights, you may want to hire a Medford, Oregon attorney to review the contract. A lawyer can then negotiate to modify the covenant as needed, or may even draft a new one that is acceptable to 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 Medford

Medford is located in Jackson County, Oregon. It has a population of around 75,000 people. The city was named by its civil engineer, David Loring, after his own home town.

Some popular attractions include Alba Park, Bear Creek Corporation, Harry David, Claire Hanley Arboretum, Vogel Plaza, Roxy Ann Peak and Prescott Park.

Top employers include Rogue Valley Medical Center, Providence Medford Medical Center, Harry and David Operations Corp, Benchmark Maps, Falcon Northwest, Pacific International Enterprises, and Lithia Motors. Medford is also home to many attorneys, who practice in various areas of law. Thus, the legal force in Medford is capable to handle any and every legal need.

All in all, Medford is a wonderful place to live and visit!

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