Non-competition measures prevent a worker from competing with his employer when he leaves the company. These agreements are used, among other things, to protect customer lists and contacts, trade secrets and certain intellectual and proprietary assets that an employee may be informed about during his or her business with a company. The use of non-competition agreements for design professionals is on the rise. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce proposes that employers “ask all engineers and collaborators involved in design or engineering work” to sign such agreements. But in general, it`s hard to impose this type of non-compete clause, unless you`ve been paid something specific for your job, such as a big stock option, or a big subscription or equity bonus – unless you started a business that was then bought by the company, which probably isn`t the case. In Colorado, non-competition prohibitions need “reflection” – that is, only the privilege of being employed is not enough to offer payment in exchange for a strict non-compete clause. I don`t know anything about Wisconsin. My job has asked me to sign a non-compete agreement. At the time, I had never signed one and I didn`t think much about it. But now I`ve started to worry that it will cause problems in the future if I want to find a new job in a similar market or with a similar manufacturing process. It may be tempting to apply the same attitude to work-related papers, but it`s an area you shouldn`t cross.
Careful consideration is particularly important when it comes to a legal document that is increasingly popular when recruiting engineers: the non-compete clause (cue ominous music). Many bachelors are not aware of this legal contract and may not fully understand the impact of signing a non-competition clause. But don`t be afraid! ECS is here to ensure that you are fully applicable on this legal issue and help you sort out a non-compete agreement. The non-competition clause provides that Bob deterred five calendar years after employment and without geographical restrictions from offering services as an engineer, whether indirect or direct with his employer. An obligation not to compete is a contractual obligation between an employer and an employee or contractor, by which the worker or contractor agrees not to work for competitors of the employer or to open a competing business after the worker or contractor has entered into his service. Competition restrictions may apply for a specified period of time in a specific field and geography. However, if the non-competition clause were to prohibit work in the field of software engineering for self-driving cars, for a direct competitor for six months after employment and within the same state, this seems more reasonable and therefore applicable.