15. I left my old company to take a job in a new company. The new company did not tell me that I had a non-compete agreement until I had already left my old job. Does that mean I`m stuck in this? Some employers may require new workers to enter into non-competitive agreements before the start of labour, and these agreements generally come into effect after the end of the employer-employee relationship. Employers may require non-competitors for many reasons, including the protection of trade secrets or value. The courts oppose non-competition prohibitions as a general restriction on a former worker`s right to subsistence. As a result, non-competitors, when they are the subject of litigation, are subject to extensive scrutiny in the judicial system. Canadian courts will apply competition and non-appeal agreements, but the agreement must be limited, in time, scope and geographic scope, to what is reasonably necessary to protect the company`s property rights, such as confidential business information or customer relations and the scope of the agreement must be clearly defined. Shafron v. KRG Insurance Brokers (Western) Inc. 2009 CSC 6 of the Supreme Court of Canada found that a non-competition agreement was inconclusive because the term „Metropolitan City of Vancouver“ was not definitively defined.  Unlike other jurisdictions that follow the general rule that the review is important only to determine whether it exists and not whether it is appropriate, Illinois will verify the adequacy of the consideration.
 The majority of courts will need service employment for at least two years to support a non-competition agreement (or any other type of restrictive pact). However, in some cases where a worker is particularly severe, the courts have demanded less. 10. I was asked to sign a non-compete agreement after I started working for the employer. Is that legal? In the case of the sale of a business, it is typical for a buyer to accept in a sales contract the requirement that the seller not perform the same type of business in a specific geographic area for a certain period of time. Whether or not these types of non-competition are applicable and to what extent the courts will apply them varies considerably from state to state. A non-competition agreement, also known as a restrictive competition agreement or non-competition clause, is a formal contract between an employer and a worker that limits the worker`s ability to compete with the employer during employment and for a period after the expiry of the employment.