Are You an Employer Who Needs an Effective Non-Compete Agreement?
Or are You an Employee Who Wants to Know if the Non-compete Agreement You Signed is Valid?
Covenants Not to Compete are useful tools. The can be incorporated into a broader employment contract, or they can be standalone agreements.
From an employer’s point of view, the covenant can potentially prevent a nightmare scenario – the employee that you spent years training, and who you introduced to your most valuable clients, suddenly leaves and opens a competing business across the street.
Covenants Not to Compete are only effective, however, if they are drafted properly. To be valid under Texas law, a non-compete must be limited in three critical ways – time, scope, and geography. A covenant/agreement that is missing even one of these restrictions may not be enforceable. Further, a covenant/agreement that is “too restrictive,” or “unreasonably restrictive” on one of these three points, may not be enforceable.
At the Law Offices of Christopher Ash we would be happy to visit with you about your employment needs and employment contracts, and assess what types of agreements are best suited for your business and will offer you the best protection.
We are equally happy to visit with current or former employees who have signed such an agreement to help you understand your rights, and the obligations that you under.