Bristol Non-Compete Agreement

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In Rhode Island, 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". An employee who signs a covenant not to compete may receive compensation for the agreement, or in some cases the agreement is a condition for their being hired.

When are Covenants not to Compete Unenforceable?

Foreseeing whether or not a judge will uphold a covenant not to compete is usually difficult. While the employer?s interests are important, Rhode Island courts place great importance on an individual?s freedom to pursue the employment they want. Accordingly, courts have only upheld those agreements that they consider reasonable under the circumstances. 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 Bristol that is excessively 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. Lastly, the employer must have a valid business interest behind its motivation for mandating a covenant not to compete.

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 Bristol, Rhode Island 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. 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 Bristol

Bristol is located in Bristol County, Rhode Island. It is a small city with a population of around 23,000 people. It is a seaport that is named after Bristol, England. In fact, the atmosphere at Bristol Harbor is very serene and peaceful. It is one of Bristol's most beautiful spots!

Major industries that drive Bristol's economy include boat building, manufacturing and tourism. Some great attractions include America's Cup Hall of Fame, Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum, Bristol County Jail, Bristol County Courthouse, Bristol Ferry Lighthouse, Colt State Park, Gillary's Tavern, Herreshoff Marine Museum, Linden Place, Mount Hope Bridge, Poppasquash Farms Historic District, Joseph Reynolds House, and Coggeshall Farm Museum. As evident, Bristol is a history-lover's delight!

Bristol is also home to many law offices established by competent attorneys. These attorneys are well-experienced in many areas of law, making them easily able to handle the legal needs of residents and local businesses.

All in all, Bristol has it all--beauty, history, charm, and serenity!

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