Woonsocket 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. 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 Woonsocket.

Covenants not to compete are also required to deal only with competitors who are reasonably related to the employer's line of industry. Finally, the employer needs to have an acceptable business purpose which justifies their motives in requiring their employee to sign 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 Woonsocket, 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 Employers can receive useful advice from an attorney should they decide to sue a worker for breaching a covenant, and employees who have signed such covenants can also benefit from a lawyer's counseling.

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Life in Woonsocket

Woonsocket is located in Rhode Island's Providence COUNTY. Specifically, it is south of Massachusetts. Perhaps one of the main reasons Woonsocket is well-known is because it is home to the headquarters for CVS, the popular pharmacy and drug store chain.

Popular sites include Allen Street Historic District, Frank Wilbur House, Glenark Mills, Hanora Mills, Jenckes Mansion, Linton Block, Main Street Historic District, Pothier House, St. Andrews Episcopal Chapel, Stadium Building, Woonsocket Civil War Monument, and L'Eglise du Precieux Sang.

Famous residents, past and present, include Greg Abate, Rocco Baldelli, Clem Labine, Ambrose Kennedy, Neil Lanctot, William C. Lovering, Bryan Berard, Brian Boucher, Marcel Desaulniers, and Gabby Hartnett.

Woonsocket also has a strong legal force because many attorneys have established small law offices and firms in the city. These offices and firms provide legal services in all areas, allowing local businesses and residents to stay near in order to seek legal guidance.

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