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What are the limitations of a noncompetition clause?

It's common for employment agreements to contain a noncompetition clause. Many employers expose trade secrets and client lists to employees and they don't want their employees using this confidential information to compete against them unfairly. As long as noncompete clauses are reasonable, courts will often require employees to adhere to them. However, clear limitations apply to these agreements and an employee subjected to an unreasonable noncompetition clause may not have to follow it.

How can I tell if my termination was a breach of contract?

Wrongful termination can happen in numerous different ways. For example, Michigan employees might be wrongfully terminated as a result of racial discrimination or as a result of retaliation for making a complaint about sexual harassment. In other cases, an employee could be wrongfully terminated in a way that violates his or her employment contract.

What should be included in an employment contract?

Your employment contract governs the terms of the employee-employer relationship. The employment contract should, therefore, cover a wide variety of areas, from the benefits the employee can expect to receive to the terms and conditions by which a termination of employment may occur.

You might be able to break your non-competition agreement

Thomas Jefferson once said, "If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so." While this is a risky position to take in the 21st century, because it could land you in jail, it might apply to non-competition agreements in certain circumstances. If you signed such an agreement as a part of your previous job, and you want to continue working in the same industry, you might want to review your non-competition agreement carefully to determine if you can get into legal trouble if you break it.

A brief survey for victims of workplace discrimination

When you've been wronged by discrimination at your workplace, you'll know it. Most victims of workplace discrimination suspect that they lost their jobs, didn't get hired or got passed up for a promotion for unfair reasons related to their race, gender or for some other protected reason.

Is your noncompete agreement legally binding?

If you signed a noncompete agreement as a part of your employment, but you don't work for the same company anymore, it's understandable why you might want to "get out of" your noncompete agreement. In some cases, your noncompete might not be legally valid. In other cases, it will be.

Employee contracts: what they actually are and what they mean

Michigan employment contracts are usually thought of as an agreement you sign when you start a new job. They include the details of your salary, vacation and other benefits you will receive in exchange for the work you are expected to perform. More or less details can be included. But is that really what an employment contract is?

Tips for negotiating an employment contract

When you switch jobs or consider switching jobs, you probably compare the advantages or disadvantages of one job over the other. If the switch is desirable to you, but doesn't quite meet your requirements, you may be able to negotiate a better deal at your potential new company.

Was severance package for college president excessive?

In the wake of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal, the president of Michigan State University resigned from her position of presidency after facing angry and vicious criticism. Lou Ann Simons, claimed it is "only natural that I am the focus of this anger," and therefore she is limiting any personal statements, but was resigning "according to the terms of her employment agreement."

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