Published on April 24, 2009 | by LawNews

Prof. Susan Joffe Comments in PCWorld Article ‘Don’t sign away your future: Noncompetes done right’

Professor Susan H. Joffe was quoted in the following PC World Magazine article.

Don’t sign away your future: Noncompetes done right
By Mary K. Pratt
April 24, 2009

If you live and work in California, you’ve got it easy: The state has banned noncompetes in all areas except for limited cases involving the sale of a company. But if you work elsewhere, know that the laws governing noncompetes vary from state to state.

Susan Joffe, an associate professor at Hofstra University School of Law in Hempstead, N.Y., says some states, such as Oregon, require employers to give new hires the contracts before starting. Some, including Massachusetts and Oregon, forbid employers from requiring existing employees to sign them without additional “consideration,” such as a raise or a promotion.

If there’s a legal dispute, the courts in some states tend to be more pro-business and are thus more likely to enforce noncompetes as they’re written, while courts in other states want to promote the mobility of the workforce and might rewrite the terms or decline to enforce them, Joffe says.

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