Noncompete agreements place significant post-employment restrictions on what type of work an employee can perform and where the employee can perform that work. Because these agreements provide a bright-line test (either the employee is competing or he's not), little, if any, investigation need be undertaken before a company can ask a court to enforce the agreement. For that reason, noncompete agreements are considered the best available tool for a company to protect its legitimate business interests (primarily, the protection of trade secrets, confidential business information and goodwill).
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