Blacksburg Non-Compete Agreement

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In Virginia, 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?

It is difficult to know whether a judge will enforce a given non-compete agreement. Even though the interests of an employer are significant, Virginia 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. Those agreements that courts have seen to be unreasonable include those that last for an prolonged period of time or cover geographic areas around Blacksburg that are unreasonably large.

Limitations on non-compete clauses must also be restricted to cover only competitors who are related in a reasonable way to the employer's industry. 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 signing anything that may restrict your rights, you might want to hire a Blacksburg, Virginia attorney to review the contract. A lawyer can then negotiate to modify the covenant as needed, or might 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 Blacksburg

Blacksburg is a town located in the county of Montgomery in Virginia. It is best known for being the home to Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, or simply, "Virginia Tech". Due to the presence of the university, Blacksburg is an ideal site for high tech industry development.

Another feature of Blacksburg is the Virginia Tech Corporate Research center, which houses many companies including Honeywell and the National Weather Service. Radford University is also located nearby. Blacksburg's population is estimated to be about 41,000, which reflects the suburbanization of the area.

Noteworthy points of interest in the town of Blacksburg include Lyric Theatre, Armory Art Gallery, Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the Hahn Horticulture Garden. The town hosts several festivals and parades throughout the year. Some of the more popular events include The International Street Fair Parade held every spring, and "Steppin' Out", which is a summer street festival showcasing local food, fun, talent and crafts.

Blacksburg lawyers are usually accommodated by the Montgomery General District Court. Lawyers in Blacksburg, Virginia with more advanced claims can file their cases at the Montgomery County Circuit Court. Montgomery County also has an extensive public library system, with a branch conveniently located in Blacksburg.

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