A non-competition agreement generally applies for a specified period after the end of the employment. From the company`s point of view, an NCA is useful for protecting business assets. For employees, signing an NCA usually has less obvious benefits, but signing can be a prerequisite for certain jobs. Sometimes companies create additional incentives for employees to sign up, such as a signing bonus or higher pay, but that`s more the exception than the rule. 15. I left my old company to take a job in a new company. The new company did not tell me that I had a non-compete agreement until I had already left my old job. Does that mean I`m stuck in this? That depends. A first look at the terms of the non-compete clause itself. Is this about resigning? Assuming he does – and says the competition is still valid, even if you are terminated — the question is: Is it legal? Here, too, the answer is this: that`s what counts. If the reason for your dismissal is an employer`s fault – discrimination, illegal employer activity or similar misconduct – most courts have ruled that a non-competition clause is no longer applicable.

This is because the employer`s unlawful conduct was not part of the worker`s expectation when he accepted the non-competition clause. If the reason for your dismissal is an employee error – presence, poor performance or similar problems – then the fact that you have been fired probably will not be so important. However, the courts may be less willing to apply a non-compete agreement if it is the employer that has decided to end this relationship, not yours. In most countries, the answer is yes. Most states provide a mechanism to test the applicability of a treaty. This mechanism is called declaratory judgment. Depending on the availability of this remedy in your state and the tactics involved in each situation, it may be helpful for the employee to bring a declaratory judgment action asking the court to decide whether the agreement is binding. There are many practical and tactical considerations in deciding whether, as a collaborator, you should introduce a declaratory judgment action that asks a federation not to compete.