Hazleton Non-Compete Agreement

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In Pennsylvania, 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?

Foreseeing whether or not a judge will uphold a covenant not to compete is usually difficult. Even if the employee's interests may be important Pennsylvania courts will certainly assign great weight to a person's freedom to choose the type of employment that is suitable for them. Accordingly, only those covenants which are deemed to be reasonable will be upheld by the court. A court will typically hold non-compete clauses to be unreasonable if they involve unusually long periods of time or if they cover a geographic region surrounding Hazleton that is excessively large.

Covenants must also be limited to restricting dealings with those competitors that are rationally related 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?

Since covenants could restrict your rights, you may wish to hire a Hazleton, Pennsylvania lawyer to review any provisions. They will be able to negotiate further changes to the covenant, and can draft an entirely new one that is acceptable to all parties if needed. 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 Hazleton

Hazleton is home to 24,000 Luzerne County residents who enjoy a close proximity to nearby major metropolitan areas and outstanding city parks and recreational areas. Hazleton is known as "The Mountain City" and "The Power City" because of it's abundance of foothills and abundant coal supply. One fact of which you may not be aware is that Hazleton was originally spelled "Hazelton" but a clerk misspelled it during incorporation and it stuck.

In 2006, Hazleton garnered national attention when Mayor Lou Barletta and other counsel members passed the Illegal Immigration Relief Act which initially fined business owners ,000 for each illegal immigrant they employed as well as the loss of all city issued licenses and permits. The law was later thrown out because it was considered unconstitutional and was disputed by a number of lawsuits as well as the Pennsylvania ACLU among others. Office Max, Simmons Bedding Company, Michaels, AutoZone, WEIR Materials, Amazon.com, and EB Brands are some of the important companies who are major employers in Hazleton. There are also a number of every experienced lawyers. Hazleton lawyers are familiar with many different areas of law and use their knowledge of local courts to advise you.  

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