Mckinney Non-Compete Agreement

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In Texas, 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 them either does so as a condition to employment or they may receive compensation for the agreement.

When are Covenants not to Compete Unenforceable?

Whether or not a judge will conclude that the covenant is enforceable can be difficult to know beforehand. Although the interests of employers are important, courts in Texas also give priority to an employee's freedom to choose the type of employment that they desire. As a result, courts usually uphold only those covenants that are consider to be reasonable according to the circumstances. Covenants not to compete that a court will categorize as unreasonable include provisions that last for a long duration or that restrict the employee to an unreasonable geographic area around Mckinney.

The agreements must also deal only with those competitors whose line of employment is rationally related to the previous employer's. Lastly, the employer must have a valid business interest behind its motivation for mandating a covenant not to compete.

Do I Need an Attorney when Dealing with a Covenant not to Compete?

You may want to hire a Mckinney, Texas lawyer to review the covenant before signing any agreements 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. When it comes to suing an employee for breach of a non-compete clause, an attorney can give valuable advice. They will also be able to counsel employees who need advice for a covenant they have signed.

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Life in Mckinney

McKinney is located in Collin County, Texas. It has a population similar to Plano, Texas. McKinney is home to around 131,100 people.

An interesting fact is that in 2007 McKinney is ranked as the second fastest growing city. CNN Money Magazine included it in its list of "Best Places to Live in the U.S."

Top employers include McKinney Independent School District, Wal-Mart, Lattimore Materials, Blockbuster Entertainment Group, Medical Center of McKinney, Torchmark Corporation, and Encore Wire. The legal industry also has a presence in McKinney because many well-established and experienced lawyers have made a home in McKinney. Therefore, residents and businesses have competent attorneys to handle their legal issues.

Overall, this is a great city to visit or live in!

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