27. Non-Competition Agreements

"When elephants fight, only the grass gets hurt."
Swahili Proverb

Read our Newsletters and Q & A’s:

i. Before Signing

  1. NL 1: “Non-Compete Non-Sense” – What to Do if Asked to Sign One
  2. NL 2: “Your Best Time to Beat a Non-Compete”
  3. NL 3: Injunction – Key Words & Phrases
  4. NL 4: Non-Compete or Non-Solicit? Use “C.A.T.C.H.” to Understand It
  5. NL 5: Restrictive Covenant – Key Words & Phrases
  6. NL 6: You Must Protect Your “B.O.B.” (Book Of Business, That Is)
  7. NL 7: “Employer Ask You to Sign an Agreement? Ask Your Employer to Pay Your Legal Cost”
  8. QA 1: “Administrator in a Doctor’s Office. Told I must sign a Non-Compete Agreement. Anything I can do?”
  9. QA 2: “Sign this Non-Competition Agreement, or Leave” – Is that Legal?
  10. QA 3: Injunction – Key Words & Phrases
  11. QA 4: Restrictive Covenant – Key Words & Phrases

ii. Is it Enforceable?

  1. NL 1: Voluntary – Key Words & Phrases
  2. QA 1: “Are my relatives and friends legally obligated by a non-compete agreement I signed?”
  3. QA 2: “Are non-compete agreements binding on independent contractors?”
  4. QA 3: “If I am not paid commissions due me, is my non-compete still valid?”
  5. QA 4: “If tied to an unpaid bonus, is a non-compete enforceable?”
  6. QA 5: “My former employer says he will waive my non-compete, but only if I repay him two months salary. Is this extortion?”
  7. QA 6: “The Three Different Ways Non-Compete’s are Enforced”
  8. QA 7: “Can I compete with my former employer without getting sued?”
  9. QA 8: “If an employee’s position is eliminated is a non-compete still enforceable?”
  10. QA 9: “Is a non-compete agreement enforceable after being let go without cause?”
  11. QA 10: If I get nothing in return, is my non-compete enforceable?
  12. QA 11: Voluntary – Key Words & Phrases
  13. QA 12: “Must an employee be paid to sign a non-compete?”

iii. Non-Solicitation and Other Restrictions

  1. NL 1: Non-Compete or Non-Solicit? Use “C.A.T.C.H.” to Understand It
  2. QA 1: “Can I do work ‘on the side’ so long as it doesn’t violate the non-compete I signed?”
  3. QA 2: “If my former employer closes, and opens a new company, is my non-compete (or other contracts) valid?”
  4. QA 3: “Should non-solicit clauses be treated the same as non-compete clauses?”
  5. QA 4: Prospective Customer or Client
  6. QA 5: “Can an employer require you get its prior approval for a side job or a side business?”
  7. QA 6: “Can I Work for a Licensee or Vendor of my Former Employer?”

iv. Garden Leave

  1. QA 1: “No Non-compete? No Stolen Secrets? You are Free.”

v. General

  1. NL 1: “Hidden Handcuffs” – Watch out for Buried and Disguised Non-Compete Agreements
  2. NL 2: How to Defeat a Non-Compete: Ten Effective Defenses
  3. NL 3: Non-Compete or Non-Solicit? Use “C.A.T.C.H.” to Understand It
  4. NL 4: “I Am Not Restricted” Clause in Offer Letters – Potential Roadblock
  5. NL 5: “Injunctive Relief” Clauses in Contracts – What Do They Mean?
  6. QA 1: “Can a company selectively enforce non-compete agreements?”
  7. QA 2: “Can a non-compete agreement require that New York law applies even if the company is not in New York?”
  8. QA 3: “Can an employer pick and choose who must sign a non-compete?”
  9. QA 4: “Can I fight a non-compete dispute in Court without an attorney?”
  10. QA 5: “Can I sue my former employer for ‘interfering’ with my new job?”
  11. QA 6: “How should an employer treat an employee who works for a competitor?”
  12. QA 7: “Can I compete with my former employer without getting sued?”
  13. QA 8: “Does leaving an employer, and then returning, relieve me from a non-compete agreement I signed the first time I was hired?”
  14. QA 9: “Is there a way I can ‘get out of’ the non-compete agreement I signed?”
  15. QA 10: In “Non-Competition,” What Constitutes “Competition?”
  16. QA 11: “If I signed a non-compete / non-solicit agreement, does that stop me from working for a customer of my former employer?”

“If you live your life the right way,
your later years will not be a winter,
but rather a harvest.”

Back to the top