Restraints of Trade

In Show 092 – Restraints originally broadcast on Facebook Live on Wednesday 22 May 2018 we explore this interesting topic.

Show Notes

Today we’re going to discuss more about restraints of trade.  Basically, employers use them to protect themselves from employees who have left the business.  They prevent former employees from working for a competitor for a defined period of time.  They can also prevent former employees from talking with clients.

One of the key parts of restraints of trade is whether or not they are reasonable.  If they are determined to not be reasonable they can’t be enforced.  The courts are the ones who will make that determination.  They can’t interfere with an individual’s right to profit from their own labour.

When assessing whether restraint of trade is reasonable the court will look at the duration of the agreement, the geographical area it applies in and the activities of the employee it seeks to control.

Some people think that restraints of trade are worthless.  That’s not true.  They just have to be structured correctly so that they hold up in court.

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