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Non-Compete Law

What Happens to your Non-Compete Contract When your Employer is Purchased?

We get this question frequently and the answer can be complicated.   In the most common situation, an employee signs a non-compete agreement with her employer (the ABC Company).  The contract provides the employee will not leave the ABC Company (its subsidiaries or affiliates) and compete in the same industry or line of business for...[Read More]

Virginia is good for business (*which means bad for employees!)

This month I read a summary of accolades for my home – the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Best State for Business (6/50) – Forbes Magazine Top State Business Climate (6/50) Top State for Business (13/50) – CNBC What does all this mean? Well practically speaking, what is a good business climate is – cheap workers, low...[Read More]

On the 12th day of Christmas, my boss gave to me – a new non-compete

Despite my best efforts at educating my fellow Virginians, on the law, their rights and legal obligations, rumors still run rampant about the law and how it applies to individual employees.  So, in the spirit of the Season, I wanted to share some of my favorite blogs (yes, some I wrote) and articles on Virginia...[Read More]

Non-Competes and Virginia’s Constitution

There is nothing on Virginia’s ballot this November that relates to non-compete agreements. My efforts have not been that successful.  Nor is there a law likely to pass in the Virginia General Assembly this Winter that in any way impacts restrictive covenants in Virginia employment agreements.  Right now, the law in Virginia is basically –...[Read More]

Non-Compete 101

We live in a professional culture where men and women feel some kind of stigma or embarrassment in asking for help. We are asked to sign a 38 page Mortgage contract, and we sign the document without inspection review or asking a professional for help in understanding the terms. Three years later our mortgage payment...[Read More]

Politicians and Litigators: More similar than you may think

This morning I listened to a fascinating podcast about types of politicians: Those who are substance over form, or Those who are form over substance. Yes, while I realize it is always dangerous to categorize, and even more so to claim there are only two types of any kind of person, it isn’t hard to...[Read More]

Hair Club for Men – in the news again!

If you were an adolescent in the 1990s, there is no doubt you remember some of the classic Hair Club for Men commercials where men would smile while woman rubbed their hands across thick luscious clumps of natural looking hair on a man standing nearby. I recall friends reenacting the adds in middle school and...[Read More]

Non-Competes Are Bad For The Little Guy and Bad for the Larger Economy

Not my title but my sentiments exactly.  This title comes from an article recently published in Fortune magazine. Non-competes are employment contracts that prevent a departing employee (departing voluntarily or involuntarily) from working for a competitor for one year…or two years…or even three years.  The agreements are not only bad for individual workers but they are bad...[Read More]