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06/14/09
Legal matters. Non-compete agreements
Filed under: Job Offer (Situations), Mature professionals, Legal matters
Posted by: site admin @ 8:59 am

One often does not know what you will be asked
to sign when you join a new organization.  It is
something professionals and those of us in the
chemical profession need to give some thought to
and understand your rights and the possible
consequences.

One of the first places I go is wikipedia to get
background.  Mary Pratt authored an article
about an area that appears to be changing.  At
the basics:
- know the laws in the state in which you are
working
- have some ideas of the differences in documents
that you may be asked to sign
- know your rights

Starting a new position, you may be asked to sign
one or more documents or paragraphs representing
- non-compete
- non-disclosure (proprietary information)
- anti-raiding (hire former colleagues)
- non-solicitation (clients)
- computer-use
- software license use
Know what you are signing.

Pratt highlights several thoughtful features:
- what are the state laws in the state you are in
- what is your employer’s choice of venue (they
may choose another state with more restrictive
interpretations).
- some jurisdictions require signature before
starting or on the first day of work.

If you are asked to sign a non-compete agreement
while already working for a company, some
jurisdictions require signature be accompanied
by a bonus or promotion.

In these times, it may be difficult to bring
up negotiation.  The least might be to understand
what are the critical items the company seeks
to protect.

One Response to “Legal matters. Non-compete agreements”

  1. site admin Says:


    Al Sklover on non-compete
    agreements
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