Nonsolicitation Agreement Attorney
Noncompete agreements and nonsolicitation agreements, if used properly, are a great asset for your business. Nonsolicitation agreements are narrowly focused on preventing former employees from “soliciting” your clients or other employees on behalf of themselves or a new employer.
Missouri Noncompete Agreement
Noncompetes include all of the protections in a nonsolicitation agreement but take it one step further, protecting your trade secrets by limiting, for an amount of time, the former employee’s ability to work in the same industry and geographic area as your business.
Because noncompete agreements limit how individuals can make a living, Missouri courts look at them with great scrutiny. An agreement may be found invalid if it is not reasonable in time and geographic scope — the test for “reasonable” being whether the agreement is no more restrictive than is necessary to protect the legitimate interest of the business.
Enforceability Of A Noncompete
In determining whether to enforce a noncompete, the Missouri courts have sought to balance businesses’ need to employ highly trained individuals to be competitive and profitable — without the risk of a former employee using trade secrets or soliciting the business’s customers — with former employees’ need to be able to work for different companies as they increase their skills and value.
Whether you are a business looking to put in place reasonable agreements to protect your business or a former employee who is subject to an unreasonable noncompete, the attorneys at TdD Attorneys at Law LLC are here to help. Call us today at (314) 819-5713 to schedule a consultation or you can send us an email.
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