Articles Posted in Employment Law

The Illinois General Assembly recently amended the Illinois Freedom to Work Act by significantly restricting the enforceability of covenants not to compete and covenants not to solicit in Illinois employment agreements.

Covenants not to compete are provisions in employment agreements through which an employee promises that, while the employee is employed by the employer and for a certain period of time after the employee’s employment terminates, the employee will not engage in activity that competes with the employer, such as working for or obtaining an ownership interest in a company that competes with the employer.

Covenants not to solicit are provisions in employment agreements through which an employee promises that, while the employee is employed by the employer and for a certain period of time after the employee’s employment terminates, the employee will not attempt to solicit the employer’s customers, clients, or employees.

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