Reston 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 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?

Foreseeing whether or not a judge will uphold a covenant not to compete is typically difficult. Even though the interests of an employer are important, 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 provisions that courts have seen to be unreasonable include those that last for an prolonged period of time or cover geographic areas around Reston 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, there must be a legitimate 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?

Before signing anything that may restrict your rights, you may want to hire a Reston, Virginia 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 Attorneys can provide valuable counseling to employers who are considering suing an employer who breached a covenant not to compete. They can also assist employees who have signed an agreement limiting their employment options.

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Life in Reston

Reston is known internationally for its meticulous planning that aimed at changing post World War II concepts of how to utilize land and create a residential/corporate development in suburban America. That probably why 64,560 Fairfax County residents chose the standout community. It could also be because the schools are so great in the area. There are a number of public and private options and even several opportunities for higher education. Reston has a high proportion of college educated adults, 67%. You can understand then why the average household income is ,221. Reston has a great selection of lawyers who are familiar with local courts. Since Reston is so close to Washington D.C., many Reston lawyers have been licensed in multiple states. Celebrity and political figures live in Reston for the same reasons. Some notable residents of the city include mystery fiction writer Donna Andrews, songwriter and producer to Katy Perry and Britney Spears Benny Blanco, and Delegate Kenneth R. Plum.

Reston has seen much interest and money invested into the city by various technology and Fortune 500 corporations like NII and Sallie Mae. The United States Geological Survey, CNRI, and the National Wildlife Federation are all based out of Reston. Rolls Royce, Google, and other companies recently began putting large installations into the Reston Town Center area. The four-mile direct access from the Washington Dulles International Airport along the Capital Beltway is free. The international companies recognize the savings and also give back to the community. Reston properties are highly sought after because it's such a thriving city with lots of opportunities.

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