Have you ever been so excited to receive a job offer that you signed the employment contract without doing much more than skimming it (if that)? It’s a common story, and there’s a reason the employment contract tends to be the last step in the process – sometimes even coming after the employee has already started working their new job.
If you’ve ever found yourself in the situation described above and you weren’t working in a state like California (which bans non-compete agreements), then the employment contract you signed probably included a clause forbidding you from going to work for a competitor. How much your contract prohibited any chances of employment you had in the future would have depended on the company, but many employers (especially large corporations) have been getting increasingly aggressive with their non-compete agreements in recent years and legislators all over the country have been retaliating. Continue reading ›