Layton Non-Compete Agreement

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In Utah, 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". 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?

It is difficult to discern whether a judge will enforce a given non-compete agreement. While employer's interest are significant, the courts of Utah also put a high level of importance on a person's ability to pursue their desired employment opportunities. Consequently, a court will generally only uphold non-compete clauses which under the circumstances are considered to be reasonable. Those provisions that courts have seen to be unreasonable include those that last for an prolonged period of time or cover geographic areas around Layton that are unreasonably large.

Covenants not to compete are also required to deal only with competitors who are rationally related to the employer's line of 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 Layton, Utah 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 Layton

Layton, Utah is a city located in Davis County. It has a population of about 60,000 people.

Layton, Utah is named after Christopher Layton, a Mormon missionary and early settler of the region. In the decades after its founding, Layton's growth in population and wealth was slow but steady. However, the establishment of Hill Air Force Base nearby, followed almost immediately by America's entry into WWII, led, almost overnight, to a huge spike in population, changing the face of Layton forever. War workers streamed into the area, transforming Layton from a small agricultural community to a bona fide city.

After the war, growth slowed, but continued to be fueled by the growth of nearby Salt Lake City, for which Layton is now a major "bedroom community" (a town on the outskirts of a much larger city, serving largely as a residential area for people who work in the city).

Thanks to its proximity to Salt Lake City, Layton is home to a thriving legal community. If you are facing a legal issue, there is almost certainly a Layton, Utah lawyer who can help you solve it.

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