Running a business often involves information that you want to keep confidential for a variety of reasons. Whether it is trade secrets, operational procedures, or sensitive client information, it is vital to the success of a business to prevent any competitors from gaining access to such information. When an employee goes to work for a competitor, however, there is the risk that they will divulge sensitive information to the detriment of the company.
To avoid this exact situation, many companies expect employees to sign a contract called a “non-compete agreement.” This is generally signed when other employment contracts and documents are signed at the beginning of the employment relationship. There are many legal considerations for employees when it comes to non-compete agreements, as legal disputes often arise from this type of agreement.
If you have any questions about a non-compete, the legal team at HKM Employment Attorneys in Las Vegas is here to help. We can review non-competes prior to signing and can address allegations regarding breach of the agreement. Call our office to discuss your legal needs today.
Legal Issues with Non-Competes
Too often, employees are not aware of the implications of everything they sign with their employment documents. An employee may not realize the restrictions put in place by a non-compete. In addition, many employees who signed a non-compete will later realize that the terms of the agreement were unreasonable.
In order for a non-compete agreement to be enforced, it must meet the following requirements:
- The agreement must be reasonably necessary in order for the business to protect itself and its information;
- The agreement may not be too broad in terms of geographical or temporal scope or other restrictions on the employee;
- The agreement cannot be too vague without clear restrictions;
- The agreement cannot cause undue harm to the employee or to the public.
Perhaps not surprisingly, many business owners try to set forth non-competes that are overly broad and have unreasonable restrictions on a former employee. It is wise for employees to have an attorney review any contracts before you sign them.
Discuss Your Legal Needs With Our Nevada Non-Compete Attorneys Today
HKM Employment Attorneys helps employees in and around Las Vegas challenge non-compete agreements. If you would like to discuss an employment contract, please contact our employment lawyers for help today.
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