Pawtucket Non-Compete Agreement

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In Rhode Island, a covenant not to compete typically 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 typically 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 normally hold non-compete clauses to be unreasonable if they involve unusually long periods of time or if they cover a geographic region surrounding Pawtucket 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?

You might want to hire a Pawtucket, Rhode Island lawyer to review the covenant before signing any provisions that may limit or restrict your rights. The lawyer will then be able to negotiate any modifications to the contract as needed, or they can even draft a new one should it be required by one or 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 Pawtucket

Pawtucket is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island. It is the state's fourth largest city, with an approximate population of 71,200 people

Some popular attractions include Marconi Garden, Daggett House, Water Color Gallery, Daggett Farm, State Memorial Park,

Pawtucket has been in the media--believe it or not! In 1996, the film American Buffalo was filmed there. It has also been talked about in the popular cartoon Family Guy! Pawtucket has also had minor references in the films Outside Providence, Mermaids, and NBC sitcom "Nurses."

There are many attorneys who practice in Pawtucket. These attorneys practice in various areas providing security to local businesses and residents that their legal needs can be easily handled.

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