Employment Blog

My Employer Was Bought. Can the New Owner Enforce My Non-Compete Agreement?
Employment Agreements

Non-compete agreements are regulated by state laws, which can vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Whether a particular contract is enforceable also depends on the language of the agreement and the facts surrounding how the parties reached that agreement. In many...

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Can an Employer Ask a Low-Wage Worker to Sign a Non-Compete Agreement?
Employment Agreements

A non-compete agreement is a contract that an employee signs with an employer that states that the employee will not compete with the employer when he or she leaves the business for a given period within a specific geographic area....

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What Is a Nondisparagement Clause?
Employment Agreements

If you are being hired by a company or being given a severance package on your way out, you may be handed a number of forms to review and sign. One of them may be a contract, and part of...

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Noncompetition Agreements: Should I Sign?
Advice, Employment Agreements

Jack Jarrett is an attorney at the Spiggle Law Firm. This article is part of a 10-part series on various aspects of employment contracts and intellectual property issues from the perspective of employees. To learn more about Jack and his...

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How Not to Quit
Advice, Employment Agreements, Retaliation

Everyone has his or her limit. Maybe you’ve reached yours. Don’t like being treated like a cog in a machine? Is your boss a bully who raises himself up by pulling others down? Maybe you found a better opportunity elsewhere or...

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What to Do After You’ve Signed a Performance Improvement Plan
Employment Agreements

So you gritted your teeth, forced a smile, and signed a performance improvement plan (PIP). Now what? Unfortunately, the worst is probably yet to come. So brace yourself. A PIP is supposed to give you a fair chance to “improve”...

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What to Do When Your Employer Asks You to Sign a Noncompete
Employment Agreements

Traditionally, companies have used noncompetes to prevent highly paid senior managers from going to work for their former employers’ competitors. Today, however, noncompetes are even used with minimum wage workers. For example, see Does Jimmy John’s Noncompete Clause for Sandwich...

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Should I Sign My Performance Improvement Plan?
Employment Agreements

Are you trying to decide whether you should sign the (bogus) performance improvement plan (PIP) that your boss or human resources just shoved in your face (figuratively)? It’s an important question because PIPs, by definition, include critical descriptions of your...

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