Many Indiana employers wisely use noncompete agreements to protect their legitimate business interests in their customer base and trade secrets. But will those agreements stand up in court?
While some employers have successfully used noncompetes, others don’t believe they’re worth the paper they’re printed on. Depending on how the noncompete is drafted, either can be true.
Go easy on time, geographic limits
To be successful, noncompete agreements must be specific to time and geographic scope. Indiana courts have consistently ruled against agreements that unreasonably restrict the employee’s ability to work.
The agreement must have a definite ending date. Generally, a court will accept a time period of two years or less without much question. Further, the agreement can limit the employee’s right to work only in the employer’s current geographic territory, or restrict the employee’s ability to work with a limited...(register to read more)
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