Round Rock Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Round Rock, TX

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". Compensation might be paid for employees who sign the covenant, or at times the employment might be conditioned upon such an agreement.

When are Covenants not to Compete Unenforceable?

Whether a given judge will enforce a non-compete agreement is difficult to discern in advance. Although the interests of employers are significant, courts in Texas also give importance 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. 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 Round Rock.

The agreements must also deal only with those competitors whose line of employment is reasonably related to the previous employer's. Lastly, an employer is required to have a legitimate business reason in its motivation for imposing a covenant not to compete on an employee.

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

Before you sign any agreements that could restrict your rights, you may consider hiring a Round Rock, Texas attorney who can review the covenant. The attorney can negotiate modifications to the contract if they are needed, and can draft a new clause which is acceptable to the parties involved. An attorney can also give valuable advice when it comes to suing employees for breaching covenants, or counseling employees who have signed one regarding whether they can accept a different job.

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Life in Round Rock

Round Rock, Texas is a city located in Travis and Williamson Counties. Its population, as of a 2009 Census estimate, is about 100,000. This is up from 60,000 counted in the 2000 Census, making it an extremely fast-growing city.

In 2008, Round Rock was named by Money Magazine as one of the best small cities in the U.S. to live. It placed seventh, overall, out of hundreds of U.S. cities of comparable size. This is largely based on Round Rock's high average income, and explosive job growth. Round Rock also boasts some of the best public education in the state of Texas. Round Rock is the national headquarters of Dell Computer, which employs about 16,000 people in its local facilities.

Round Rock has made it through the recent recession much better than the average American city, thanks to its highly diversified economy.

This means that there is a thriving and diverse legal community in Round Rock. If you need a Round Rock, Texas lawyer, chances are good that you'll be able to find one. Whatever legal issue you may face, now or in the future, there's probably a Round Rock, Texas lawyer who can help.

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