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Can I get out of my non-compete agreement?

The reason why companies ask their employees to sign non-compete agreements is obvious. They don't want to hire an executive who goes on to steal the contracts and start a company of his or her own. On many levels, it would be unethical for someone to do this, but that would not prevent an unscrupulous business person from taking advantage of the situation. Non-compete agreements are a way for corporations to protect themselves from situations like this.

Did you sign an invalid non-compete agreement?

When you took the job at the accounting firm, you signed a non-compete agreement. The contract prohibited you from opening your own practice within a 200-mile radius of the firm. In addition, the agreement stipulated that you had to pay the firm $50,000 for any client that left in order to pursue accounting services with you. Now that you are ready to start your own practice, you are worried about the ramifications of the non-compete agreement.

Texas severance agreements may depend on US Supreme Court ruling

When workers are offered severance agreements by their employers, there are many factors to consider before they accept the package as offered. For example, there may be other claims the employees will be giving up by accepting the agreements. There may be additional benefits the employees deserve that are not included in the employer offered package. Another issue arises as to whether or not severance pay is taxed by the Internal Revenue Service under the terms of the Federal Insurance Contributions Act, better known as FICA.

Employees are entitled to the wages owed them for work completed

Many businesses experience down times when their financial problems seem to outweigh the benefits to staying in business. Most of them are able to keep their money woes out of the media. Not so with San Antonio’s only professional football team, the Talons, who moved to San Antonio just two years ago. The move has not created the boost to business the team was hoping for. Game attendance has been poor and the team is having trouble paying its creditors.

Texas EMS workers are not satisfied with new contract

Emergency medical workers in Austin-Travis County fought hard for a new contract, but a recent news report indicates that their new agreement lacks the one condition they really want – shorter weekly work hours. It is a case that highlights some of the difficulties of employment disputes, as workers are often forced to accept conditions imposed by their employers.

Montgomery responds in Texas employment lawsuit

A former Texas police chief is now finding out how difficult life can be in the state when one lacks an employment contract. Texas is one of many “right to work” states, and when employees lack a contract, they are often at the mercy of their employer. For the former law enforcement man, the Montgomery City Council held authority over his termination, and when they wanted him out, he had little recourse.

Texas man poses challenge to restrictive noncompetition clause

Businesses have an interest in protecting themselves from former employees who might provide value to other companies in the area. There are times, though, when companies overstep their bounds in an aggressive effort to restrict employee rights. That might be what happened in Texas, where a Tyler man has claimed that he should not be bound by a restrictive noncompetition clause that he never agreed to.

How far can employers go in reading your email?

Many Texas readers have probably sat at work during the day, emailing back and forth with their coworkers about the latest office gossip or sharing a funny video they saw on YouTube. These types of exchanges often lead to a fleeting thought of what one's boss might think of this use of work time, and a question about whether or not employers can or do read emails sent at work.

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