Providence 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 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 typically 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 normally hold non-compete clauses to be unreasonable if they involve unusually long periods of time or if they cover a geographic region surrounding Providence that is excessively large.

Non-compete clauses are also limited in that they can only apply to competitors who are reasonably related to the industry of the employer. Lastly, there must be a legitimate 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?

Since covenants could restrict your rights, you may wish to hire a Providence, Rhode Island lawyer to review any agreements. 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 Providence

Providence is the 3rd largest city in New England and known for its jewelry and silverware industry. Providence is known as the "Creative Capital" because the city and its residents emphasize educational and cultural resources within the community. Ivy League Brown University, Johnson Wales University, the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence College, the state's oldest public college named Rhode Island College are all located in Providence. The city is also home to one of the best writer's retreats available in the United States.

Since Providence is such an important community, a number of talented New England lawyers call it home. Providence lawyers are familiar with local Rhode Island State Courts, Providence County Courts, as well as Federal Courts like U.S. Immigration and Bankruptcy courts.

Other major industries in Providence include transportation and trade, education, health services, government, and leisure/hospitality services for tourists. Providence is a major East Coast hub for business and financial services as well.

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