St. George Non-Compete Agreement

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In Utah, a covenant not to compete generally 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?

It is difficult to foresee whether a judge will enforce a given non-compete agreement. While employer's interest are important, 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. A court will usually hold non-compete clauses to be unreasonable if they involve unusually long periods of time or if they cover a geographic region surrounding St. George that is excessively large.

Covenants not to compete are also required to deal only with competitors who are reasonably related to the employer's line of industry. Finally, there must be a valid business interest which motivates the employer's mandating a covenant not to compete.

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

Since covenants could restrict your rights, you may wish to hire a St. George, Utah lawyer to review any documents. They will be able to negotiate further changes to the covenant, and can draft an entirely new one that is acceptable to all parties if needed. 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 St. George

St. George is located in the southwestern party of Utah, and is part of Washington County. The city is known because of its proximity to Las Vegas, Nevada and to Salt Lake City. Surrounding sites include the Mojave Desert, Pine Valley Mountains, and Zion National Park.

Top employers in St. George include SkyWest Airlines, Wal-Mart, Intermountain Health Care, Bryce Canyon National Park, and the Zion National Park. As evidence, tourism is a driving force in St. George's economy. This being said, the legal industry also has a presence in St. George because many attorneys have settled in St. George. They practice in small law offices offering legal services in various areas of law. Therefore, residents have local attorneys that are competent to tackle all of their legal needs.

Famous residents include Julius Erving, Bruce Hurst, Doug Jolley, Jay Don Blake, and Lavell Edwards.

Moreover, famous movies filmed in St. George include High School Musical 2, Jurassic Park, On Our Own, and Romancing the Stone.

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