Appleton Non-Compete Agreement

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A covenant not to compete typically implies that a Wisconsin employee makes an agreement not to work for any of their employer's competitors should they leave the company for any reason. These covenants are typically called "non-compete clauses". Employees who sign them can either receive compensation or simply be required to agree as a condition for their employment.

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 significant, Wisconsin 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 Appleton that are unreasonably large.

Non-compete clauses are also limited in that they may only apply to competitors who are rationally related to the industry of the employer. Finally, the employer needs to have an acceptable business purpose 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?

You might want to hire a Appleton, Wisconsin lawyer to review the covenant before signing any provisions that may limit or restrict your rights. The lawyer will then be able to negotiate any modifications to the contract as needed, or they can even draft a new one should it be required by one or both parties. Attorneys can provide valuable counseling to employers who are contemplating 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 Appleton

Appleton is located in both Calumet and Winnebago Counties of Wisconsin. Surrounding waters include the Fox River and Green Bay. Per the 2010 census, it has a population of 78.086 people.

Some popular attractions include the Appleton Art Center, the Gardens of the Fox Cities, Goodland Field, The History Museum at the Castle, John Hart Whorton House, Temple Zion, Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium and the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center.

Top employers include the school district, Miller Electric, St. Elizabeth Hospital, Outagamie County, West Business Services, Valley Packaging Industries and Voith.

Although the legal industry is not included in the top employers list, Appleton is home to many small law offices that provide legal services in practically all areas of practice. Thus, residents do not have to travel far to have their legal needs tended to.

Famous residents include Myrt Basing, Rocky Bleier, Brian Butch, Willem Dafoe, J.P. Hayes, Erik Jensen, Ron Kostelnik, and Terry Zwigoff.

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