Non-compete contracts

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Non-compete contracts

Hi, the company I work at was sold 6 months ago. The new owner is now 6months
later wanting people to sign these non-compete and non-soliciting contracts to be
employed. Can they do that since we are technically already employed by the
company? This is in the state of Indiana.

Asked on September 18, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Indiana

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Yes, they can require you to do this on pain of termination: remember, unless you already have a still-in-effect (i.e. unexpired) written employment contract guarantying you employment, you are an "employee at will." An employee at will may be terminated at any time, for any reason. So if you don't sign these agreements, you can be terminated; and your continued employment, if you should sign them, is the "consideration" (thing of value) which will make the agreements enforceable against you. 


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