North Providence 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 can 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 significant, Rhode Island courts place great weight 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 North Providence that is excessively large.

Non-compete clauses are also limited in that they may only apply to competitors who are rationally related to the industry of the employer. 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 North Providence, Rhode Island 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 A lawyer can also render useful advice for employers who are contemplating suing an employee for breach of covenant, or they can counsel employees who have signed such an agreement.

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Life in North Providence

North Providence is located in Providence County, Rhode Island. The 2010 census reported its population to be 32,078 people.

The primary industries driving the economy are textile, chemical, and drum recycling. Although the legal force is not included amongst the top industries, there are many law offices and solo practitioners that practice in North Providence. Therefore the legal force is present and thriving.

Famous people that have called North Providence home are Ernie DiGregorio, Jim Gilchrist, Danielle Lacourse, Zellio Toppazzini, and Bob Giammarco.

For a small city covering a small area, North Providence has a lot to show for itself, making it a must-see city to visit!

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