Overzealous Use Of Noncompetes Could Cost Employers

By Ben James (June 12, 2014, 6:47 PM EDT) -- The proliferation of noncompete agreements in jobs where restrictive covenants haven't historically been used may backfire on employers by making judges more reluctant to enforce noncompetes and spurring legislative efforts to ban the agreements, lawyers say.

There's been an overall rise in the use of noncompetes in recent years, according to attorneys. And employers are using the agreements for a broader range of positions — including camp counselors and yoga instructors — than they had in the past, The New York Times reported Sunday, underscoring questions about the fairness of the pacts and the effects of such agreements on the economy.   ...

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