Newport News Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Newport News, VA

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?

Foreseeing whether or not a judge will uphold a covenant not to compete is typically difficult. Although the interests of employers are significant, courts in Virginia 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. A court will normally hold non-compete clauses to be unreasonable if they involve unusually long periods of time or if they cover a geographic region surrounding Newport News that is excessively 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 Newport News, 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 When it comes to suing an employee for breach of a non-compete clause, an attorney can provide valuable advice. They will also be able to counsel employees who need advice for a covenant they have signed.

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Life in Newport News

Newport News is home to many shipbuilding, military, and aerospace installations that fuel the local economy. Newport News is the end of CSX Railroad tracks owned by Fortune 500 giant CSX Transportation once known as the Chesapeake and Ohio (CO) Railroad. The two Newport News industrial parks have helped foster manufacturing and distribution industries that now help fuel the economy.

Newport News lawyers help solve all kinds of legal problems. Newport News isn't all business though, they city is home to countless historical sites, museums, and shopping thoroughfares. The Newport News Mariners' Museum is a world renown collection of over 35,000 pieces that include some works of art and a number of artifacts. Some of those artifacts are from the USS Monitor. The USS Monitor was an American Civil War ship credited with the first ironclad battle against the Confederate States Ship named the CSS Virginia. The Virginia War Museum, U.S. Army Transportation Museum, Peninsula Fine Arts Museum, and Ferguson Center for the Arts on the Christopher Newport University campus are other popular attractions in Newport News.

There's 35 city parks in Newport News but most tourists visiting are boaters who visit one of the cities two boat ramps: Denbigh Park Boat Ramp and Hilton Pier/Ravine. The area is know for having outstanding trout fishing. There are camping, archery, Frisbee golf, and picnic areas with barbeque pits available for residents and tourists too.

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