10. I was asked to sign a non-competition clause after having previously worked for the employer. Is it legal? No no. However, if you don`t agree to a non-compete clause, it can cost your potential job (or your current job, if your current employer now wants to sign an agreement that doesn`t previously apply to your job). If the employer is not willing to waive the agreement or change the form or content to better suit you, you may not be hired or you may be fired if you are already employed. Non-compete rules are applied in Massachusetts in appropriate circumstances.  Most courts implement contractual agreements that prevent a former worker from debauchery of employees when the employment relationship expires. Such agreements, such as alliances, not competing, must be supported by consideration. The 2000 Multary case of Lyons vs. the Ontario Court of Appeal established a general preference for debauchery prohibitions over non-compete agreements, held that the latter were “much more drastic weapons” and that a non-compete clause was not valid if a no-debauchery agreement had been sufficient to protect the company`s interests. When it comes primarily to the employee`s knowledge of customers, the territory should be limited to areas in which the employee has established contacts during his or her employment. An agreement covering the area in which the worker was employed is generally accepted as a legitimate protection of the employer`s investments in customer relations and goodwill, but a restriction that applies wherever the employer does business may be considered too broad. Starting in 2018, competition bans will cover 18 percent of workers in the U.S., a 38 percent drop in workers.
[When? ] While high-wage workers are more common, in 2018 non-competitors covered 14% of workers without tertiary education.  In March 2019, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission was pressured by politicians, unions, and stakeholders to ban non-compete. One petition to that effect estimated that “one in five American workers — about 30 million — is bound by such an agreement.”  12. I had a non-competitor in my job, but I was fired. Can you do it against me, even if they decided to fire me? Legally no, but it may tell you that the employer does not consider the cost and risk of trying to enforce the agreement worth it. It may also be that the employer has decided that the agreement is unlikely to be enforceable anyway. Unfortunately, this is not a guarantee that the employer will not try to impose it in your case. Before you deliberately choose to breach any non-compete clause to which you are subject, consult a lawyer who can come to the top of the agreement with you and help you evaluate an appropriate approach. .