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What is a noncompete agreement?

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California workers like you need to be careful when reading over details of contracts before you get a job. We at the Law Offices of Mauro Fiore Jr. will use noncompete agreements as an example, as these agreements have the potential of hurting your future job prospects before you even leave your current job.

A noncompete agreement is exactly what it sounds like: an agreement you make in which you state that you will not "compete" against the company you're working for by joining any competitors after or during your period of employment. This can potentially last for years after your contract or position with the company in question has been terminated, and can make it difficult for you to find a new job because of the legal actions that could be taken against you if you break this agreement.

Some agreements may not be enforceable, but this is highly dependent on the contents of each individual agreement, which differ from position to position. The best thing that you can do to save yourself trouble later on is to determine immediately if the noncompete agreement is worth the position you'll be gaining. Do you plan to stay employed there for long? Do the benefits outweigh being unable to immediately apply for a similar position in your field? Take these things into consideration before making your final choice.

Unfortunately, noncompete agreements are a normal part of business life. You can come across them in any industry, but especially competitive ones. For this reason, understanding the long-lasting impacts of these agreements is entirely vital.

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