By Corey B. Stern, Esq., Chitkowski Law Offices
Pursuant to the Illinois Freedom to Work Act, enacted by the State of Illinois this year, a private company is prohibbited from enforcing a non-competition agreement against any employee who makes less than $13.00 per hour. A non-competition agreement is any restriction that prevents a person from working for another employer for a specific period of time; a specific geographical area; or for another similar employer.
However, the Act does not prevent an employer from executing and enforcing a non-disclosure agreement, which protects an employer's confidential or trade secret information; or executing and enforcing a non-solicitation agreement, which prevents an employee from soliciting other employees or the employer's customers. In that regard, not all information that the employer believes is confidential or a trade secret is actually that. The information must meet certain requirements.
For more information on non-competition, non-disclosure, non-solictitation and maintaining confidential information/trade secrets, contact Corey B. Stern at [email protected]