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  • If you go to [] and check out their employment law section I think they cover non-compete clauses and the like.

    • by KM (4) on 2003.12.29 11:40 (#26864) Journal
      Thanks Fletch. I found this [] in there. Seems like, as I suspected, they are sort of hard to enforce and some states will not do it at all. This article didn't cover all details of non-competes, but had some good points.

      It seems they are most enforcable when a reasonable timeframe is given (I've seen some which state 3 years!), and actual competition is mentioned. That makes sense. In this field, when a non-compete mentions "competitors" and the company does webhosting, mail hosting, or basically anything web-related, then most companies could fall into this bucket. Being specific to which companies seems it would help the company be able to enforce it. But, leaving it general seems like it would help the employee.

      Thanks for the link. As for the one which sparked my questioning, they said they would remove that clause completely. The article on the site doesn't mention any differences between employees and sub-contractors. But, I'd assume it is even harder to enforce against a sub-contractor.

      I once worked for an outsourcing company, and their default non-compete said you couldn't work for *any* clients which the company has. Before I started working for them, I had them change it to word as I wouldn't do work for their clients which I had actually done work for while under assignment from them. They had about 200 clients, many local employers... and surely wasn't going to restrict myself from future employment.

      I'd still like to know of any cases where someone had one of these enforced on them successfully.