Non-compete agreements are indispensable tools for many New Jersey businesses. It’s often crucial for employers to keep former employees from sharing trade secrets, client information and business plans with competitors.
But a non-compete agreement can cover other activities as well, such as limiting a former worker’s ability to recruit current employees for a competing firm. The agreements can also be crafted by an experienced employment law attorney to stop former employees from using customer lists and sales leads obtained on the job to poach valued customers or potential clients.
Of course, the first thing many people think of when a non-compete is mentioned is that the agreements often include provisions preventing former workers from employment in a particular region of the country or industry or from starting up a competing business.
Naturally, a non-compete does an employer little good if it is not enforceable. So it’s important for noncompete agreements in New Jersey to protect legitimate business interests of the employer, refrain from imposing undue hardships on the employee (or former employee) and ensuring that the agreement does no harm to the public.
Far too often, a company views a former employee of a competitor as a means of obtaining customers, proprietary information or confidential plans about products and business strategies. With an enforceable non-compete and the help of a skilled attorney experienced in employment law litigation, those kinds of activities can be stopped before they do harm or they can be otherwise favorably resolved.
Discuss your options with a Morristown law firm known for drafting enforceable non-competes, as well as ably defending and enforcing the agreements in state and federal courts.