While the specifics may vary, the typical New York non-compete clause involves the following topics:
- Duration: This is how long an employee has to wait before moving to what is seen as a competing company.
- Geography: An agreement will define the range that a company’s business covers. This is the area in which the non-compete agreement is in effect.
- Contacts: The clause often states that an employee can’t take his clients, leads, or customers to a competing company.
- Services: Within the time and range stated, a former employee cannot perform the same services that he was involved with for the previous company.
- Advertising: The clause will probably state that the former employee can’t promote the products or services of a competing company.
If you’re trying to move to a new company, you may have some questions about how the New York non-compete law affects you. Before giving up on a great opportunity with a new company, and definitely before getting yourself into trouble, contact a New York business lawyer to see how a non-compete clause can affect your life. Get a free consultation from the Law Offices of Jonathan M. Cooper, and order your free copy of 3 Reasons That Your Employment Agreement May Not Be Worth The Paper It's Printed On.