In a recent case in Michigan, the court sided with the employee. Particularly in Huron Technology Corp. v. Under Michigan law, the court is free to limit inappropriate parts of the agreement when a non-compete clause is challenged in court and certain parts of it are deemed appropriate, while other parts are deemed inappropriate. There are generally four factors to consider in determining the suitability of a non-compete clause in Michigan: the sector or type of employment, geographic area, duration, and competitive interest that the employer wishes to protect. This law has not yet arrived in the House of Representatives or the Senate, but it is something that employers should keep in mind. Similar efforts are being made in Congress to limit the non-competition of low-wage workers at the federal level. It is often difficult for employees to leave your company or look for another job is often not a legitimate business interest. For this reason, overly broad prohibitions on competition may be difficult to enforce. Contact attorney Jason Shinn for more information about Michigan`s non-compete clause, including the development and enforcement of non-compete rules.
This article looks at how Michigan courts are still somewhat supportive of competition bans. If you are asked to sign a non-compete agreement, if you leave a company and if you are wondering what restrictions an employer can impose by law or if you are at risk of being subject to a non-competition or business enforcement measure, you should immediately contact a lawyer. . . .