Warwick Non-Compete Agreement

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In Rhode Island, a covenant not to compete generally 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 generally 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. Terms contained in a covenant not to compete will be struck down by a court as unreasonable if they bind the employee for an unusually long period of time or if they cover an unreasonably large geographic area around Warwick.

Covenants not to compete are also required to deal only with competitors who are reasonably related to the employer's line of industry. 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?

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

Warwick, Rhode Island is the second largest city in the small state of Rhode Island with a population of just under 90,000 residents. The sizeable city is on almost 50 square miles and is home to the main airport in Rhode Island as well as the Rhode Island National Guard. Warwick was founded in 1642, and is a city with some major historical significance. Warwick was the site where the first shot was fired in the American Revolution, and was also the site for many other important battles that ultimately led to America's independence. Not surprisingly, there are many relics to commemorate the various sites throughout the city. Warwick has come a long way from its roots and is a popular place to live and visit in Rhode Island. It is no wonder that Warwick attracts some of the state's top professionals to live and practice in it's borders. Warwick lawyers are trained at some of the nation's top law schools and are skilled in a range of practice areas. Warwick lawyers, along with the rest of the Warwick workforce are just one more reason that makes this city so wonderful.

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