Employment Agreements

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Trade Secrets and How They Are Used Against High-Level Employees

Since the advent of the employer-employee relationship, there has been a power struggle between these two sides of a company. This balance of power has been in constant flux throughout modern history, depending on the industry and country. For example, in California, non-compete agreements are unenforceable. This is one reason why the tech boom in …

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Are You Subject to a Nonsolicitation Agreement? What You Need to Know About Using Social Media

If you’re a business executive, corporate officer, sales associate, or just an employee with significant influence over other employees and company customers, there’s a good chance you’re subject to a nonsolicitation agreement. But what is a nonsolicitation agreement? And why do you have to be careful not to violate it when using social media? We’ll …

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Are You Subject to a Noncompete or Nonsolicitation Agreement? Beware of Social Media!

Practically all businesses rely on their ability to find new customers and maintain existing ones. In some businesses, customers may be more devoted to a specific employee than they are to the business itself. In these situations, the business may struggle to survive when a key employee departs. To prevent departing employees from taking away …

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My Employer Was Bought. Can the New Owner Enforce My Non-Compete Agreement?

Non-compete agreements are regulated by state laws, which can vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Whether a particular contract is enforceable also depends on the language of the agreement and the facts surrounding how the parties reached that agreement. In many business sales and mergers, the assets of the company, including employees and their contracts, are …

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Can an Employer Ask a Low-Wage Worker to Sign a Non-Compete Agreement?

A non-compete agreement is a contract that an employee signs with an employer that states that the employee will not compete with the employer when he or she leaves the business for a given period within a specific geographic area. Though these agreements originally were meant for high-ranking executives and managers, they have been used …

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What to Do When Your Employer Asks You to Sign a Noncompete

Traditionally, companies have used noncompetes to prevent highly paid senior managers from going to work for their former employers’ competitors. Today, however, noncompetes are even used with minimum wage workers. For example, see Does Jimmy John’s Noncompete Clause for Sandwich Makers Have Legal Legs? You might be presented with a noncompete agreement before your first day …

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