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Understanding Restrictive Covenants as an Employee

Understanding restrictive covenants as an employeeIn an effort to prevent former employees competing with a business after their employment has ended, a restrictive covenant is a sensible agreement for a company to seek from its employee.

As an ex-employee, a restrictive covenant can also stop you from pilfering your former employer’s customers by using your knowledge of their business.

Although it may seem slightly ruthless, business owners must seek to protect information that could prove to be extremely costly in the wrong hands.

But what must you be mindful of when agreeing to a restrictive covenant?

Firstly, it’s important the reasons for imposing a covenant in  your contract are justified, as well as recognising that it will only cover a reasonable geographic area and only lasts for a realistic timeframe.

Additionally, while this feature can be justifiable for senior members of staff with more access to sensitive information, it may not be necessary if you’re in a junior position, as your contact with this kind of data is likely limited.

For more information about the ins and outs of restrictive covenants, it’s worthwhile hiring the services of an employment law solicitor before agreeing anything with your employer.

Here at Ashby Cohen, we’re perfectly placed to help you with any aspect of employment law. We even offer a free initial consultation – so please get in touch with a member of the team today.