Non-Compete Agreements, the Law and You
When starting a new job, most employees are optimistic that their new company will be a good fit for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, however, this is not always the case. After months or even years at a given workplace, some workers find that their talents are better suited to another company.
Some employers ask new hires to sign non-compete agreements. These contracts can be an attempt to prevent you from taking your skills to a new company. These agreements may also be intended to prevent you from working in your industry for months or even years after the end of your current employment.
If you get trapped in a restrictive non-compete agreement, it may be difficult or even impossible for you to find work. This is unfair to employees who just want to work at a company that is the right fit for them. If your employer has asked you to sign a non-compete agreement, it is a good idea to learn more about your options.
An experienced attorney can help you understand the agreement proposed by your employer. They can help you explore your options, including contract negotiation. They can also advise you about what signing a specific non-compete agreement would mean for your future. If your employer is trying to take advantage of you, a lawyer can help you get the treatment you deserve.
The laws about non-compete agreements vary widely from state to state. In New Jersey, for example, these contracts must be limited in duration and geography. They must also reflect the legitimate interests of the company in question. In many other cases, a court may refuse to enforce a non-compete agreement.
A lawyer can help you navigate your state’s particular laws and determine the best course of action for you.
Contact O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble Today
At O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble, we believe in the importance of workers’ rights. No one deserves to be out of work simply because they were told to sign an unfair or confusing contract as a new hire.
Fortunately, we bring years worth of employment law experience to our clients. Our experienced attorneys can help you navigate the complicated process of non-compete agreements and find the best solution for you.
It is important to contact an attorney early to negotiate the largest severance possible and to protect your rights. Contact the attorneys of O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble today to discuss a non-compete agreement review and potential negotiations. Contact us online or call at 1-908-282-3814 or 1-800-586-5817.