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October 15, 2014

Read this before you ask an entry-level worker to sign a non-competition agreement

My Facebook and Twitter feeds were blowing up yesterday with links to articles at NYTimes.com, Huffington Post, and Jezebel about how the sandwich chain, Jimmy John's, supposedly makes its sandwich makers and delivery drivers sign these non-competition agreements. These agreements purport to preclude employees from working for certain nearby competitors for two years after their employment with Jimmy John's ends.

Now, I know what you're thinking...

That Meyer has the coolest Facebook and Twitter feeds evah! How can I get with him? (Well, here's how you can get with me next month, but I digress).

I'm not going to comment specifically on Jimmy John's and its purported practice other than to say that I work in Philadelphia and it would be sacrilege to let a "sub sandwich" pass between these lips. But, after the jump, I do have a few general pointers from employers about restrictive covenants...

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January 20, 2012

NJ officially adopts the Trade Secrets Act

Thumbnail image for nj1.jpgAs reported here in September, the State of New Jersey was recommending passage of the New Jersey Trade Secrets Act.

Well, welcome to the party, pal. (Or is it Powell?). Last week, NJ became the 47th state to adopt a version of the uniform trade secrets act as Governor Christie signed the NJTSA into law. The new law provides for both legal relief (damages for actual loss an unjust enrichment, punitive damages, attorney's fees) in the event of an actual misappropriation of trade secrets, and injunctive relief should there be an actual or threatened misappropriation.

October 17, 2010

How enforceable is a non-solicit agreement after you fire an employee?

To answer your question, it depends. And in Pennsylvania, there are a lot of factors that a court will consider, based on a recent case decided by the Pennsylvania Superior Court. But, unlike many prior Pennsylvania decisions that deal with the enforceability of a non-competition agreement after an employee is fired, this recent decision focuses on a non-solicitation agreement.

Read on to find out whether the non-solicitation agreement that an employees signs with your company is still enforceable if you decide to end the employment relationship.

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