A non-compete agreement is a contract between an employer and employee in which the employee agrees not to compete with the employer during or after employment. Non-compete agreements are also known as “covenants not to compete,” “competitive restrictions,” or “anti-competitive agreements.”
Non-compete agreements are usually entered into at the start of employment, but they can also be adopted during employment or in connection with a promotion or other change in job duties. Non-compete agreements are governed by state law. In Michigan, the courts have held that non-compete agreements are enforceable if they are reasonable in scope and duration, and if they are necessary to protect the employer’s legitimate business interests.
Why Are Non-Compete Agreements Important?
Non-compete agreements are important because they can protect an employer’s business interests. For example, if an employee has access to the employer’s trade secrets or confidential information, a non-compete agreement can prevent the employee from using that information to compete with the employer. They can also protect an employer from competition from a former employee. If an employee leaves the company and goes to work for a competitor, the non-compete agreement can prevent the former employee from soliciting the employer’s customers or employees.
Non-compete agreements are also important because they can help to ensure that employees remain loyal to the employer during their employment. By agreeing not to compete with the employer, an employee is less likely to be tempted to leave the company and go to work for a competitor. Finally, non-compete agreements can help to ensure that employees do not take advantage of their position with the company and use the company’s resources (such as its customer list) for their own benefit.
Do I Need to Hire a Lawyer to Look Over My Non-Compete?
It is always a good idea to have a lawyer review any agreement that you are asked to sign, including a non-compete agreement. A lawyer can help you understand the agreement and can advise you of your rights and obligations under the agreement. If you have questions about whether a non-compete agreement is enforceable or if you need help negotiating the terms of a non-compete agreement, you should contact a lawyer.
Our attorneys have experience representing both employers and employees in non-compete disputes. We can help you understand your rights and obligations under a non-compete agreement, and we can help you negotiate the terms of a non-compete agreement. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
When Should I Call a Lawyer?
You should contact a lawyer if you have questions about whether a non-compete agreement is enforceable or if you need help negotiating the terms of a non-compete agreement. Our attorneys have experience representing both employers and employees in non-compete disputes. Contact us today at 248-572-1050 to schedule a consultation.