Noncompete clauses must be reasonable to be enforceable

07/18/2013 | FindLaw

To be valid, noncompete clauses must offer the employee something in return for his or her cooperation such as a job or a perk of some kind, Aditi Mukherji writes. The clause also must be considered reasonable, with terms that don't go beyond what is required to preserve the company's interests. "Remember, preventing honest competition is not a legitimate business interest," Mukherji writes.

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