Protecting Businesses And Employees Through Restrictive Covenants
Non-compete agreements – also known as restrictive covenants or covenants not to compete – limit the right of an employee or business to freely compete. They are supposed to protect employers against unfair competition by their former employees and the competing businesses that hire them. An employee who signs a non-compete agreement promises not to engage in certain competitive activities both during and after termination of employment. To be enforceable, a non-compete agreement can only protect an employer’s legitimate business interests and must be reasonable in scope, duration and geography.
Our contract lawyer at Kramer & Kramer, PLC, possesses 32 years of experience drafting non-compete agreements and assisting businesses with enforcement against non-compliant former workers. We also advise employees who have signed non-compete agreements about possible defenses and exit strategies.
Assisting Employers In Drafting And Enforcing Non-Compete Agreements
Often a business needs carefully drafted non-compete agreements to protect their business investment, relationships and goodwill. Errors can void non-compete agreements, leaving a business vulnerable to risks. Our contract lawyers carefully draft non-compete agreements that protect businesses’ interests. In addition, our attorney has years of experience vigorously enforcing these agreements when violations improperly threaten a company’s ability to conduct business.
Advising Companies, Employees And Independent Contractors On Covenants Not To Compete
Businesses, employees or independent contractors who have signed non-compete agreements must take them very seriously. Employers can sue for money damages if a valid non-compete agreement is violated. In addition, restrictive covenants can prevent professionals from pursuing new employment and business opportunities.
We advise our clients about whether a non-compete agreement hinders future employment plans and advocate for clients who have been sued for breach of a non-compete agreement. Our services include:
- Reviewing and analyzing the non-compete agreement
- Determining whether a restrictive covenant is enforceable
- Negotiating with a former employer regarding an effective exit strategy
- Protecting the rights of clients who have been sued
Non-Competes Are Tricky; We Can Help You Sort It Out
Whether you need help drafting or reviewing a non-compete agreement, you can trust us to carefully consider the non-compete agreement in order to best serve your business. Contact us at our Ann Arbor office at 734-821-1055 or fill out an online contact form. We help clients throughout Michigan and nationwide.