The Woodlands 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". Compensation may be paid for employees who sign the covenant, or at times the employment may 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 know in advance. Even though the interests of an employer are important, Texas courts value a person's freedom to select the type of employment that they desire. Thus, courts will typically uphold only those covenants not to compete that they conclude to be reasonable. Some agreements that courts have considered to be unreasonable include terms that last for an unusually long period of time or that cover a geographic around The Woodlands that is unreasonably broad.

Limitations on non-compete clauses must also be restricted to cover only competitors who are related in a rational way to the employer's industry. Lastly, the employer needs to have an acceptable business interest 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 may want to hire a The Woodlands, Texas attorney to review the contract. A lawyer can then negotiate to modify the covenant as needed, or may 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 The Woodlands

The Woodlands is a community located in Texas. It is within the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan area. Per the 2010 census, its reported population is 93,847 people. Specifically, this area is located 32 miles north from Houston.

Top employers include Chevron Phillips, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Baker Hughs, CBI, Hewitt Associates, Maersk Line, and Safmarine.

The legal industry also has a presence in the area because many attorneys call The Woodlands home. Also, with the area being so near Houston, residents and local businesses have access to the top-tier law firms and excellent attorneys that practice in the Houston area.

Celebrities who have once called The Woodlands home include Torrie Wilsom, Laura Wilkinson, Peter Stroud, Nick Mitchell, Larry Izzo, Jack Ingram, Hayes Carll, Michael Glyn Brown and Lance Blanks.

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