A. Michael Weber Discusses Changes in the Nature of Noncompete Agreements

"Trends in Employment Law," New York Law Journal

In his first quarterly column for the New York Law Journal , Littler's A. Michael Weber encourages employers to evaluate their current noncompete agreements to keep pace with the changes currently in progress in state laws that govern their enforcement. "In 2007, courts and state legislatures were taking action to specify when and under what circumstances noncompete agreements will be enforced," stated Weber. He goes on to interpret recent rulings in New York, Texas and Oregon as examples to heed in regards to the wave of these legal modifications. The fact that these changes can vary from state to state is also significant, as Mr. Weber notes. "The activity last year should remind employers that the level of regulation when it comes to covenants not to compete and related agreements can vary from industry to industry and from state to state."