One of the biggest sticking points for employees is the
non-compete portion of their agreement. In fact, most companies have
employees sign non-compete and confidentiality agreements as part of
the employment offer and on-boarding. This section of the agreement is
typically a reminder of what you have already signed.
Look over the non-compete in terms of three areas:
geography, scope of the agreement and duration. Many employers are
sensitive to employee issues during layoffs and will try to narrow
scope to direct competitors, limited geographies or timeframe. As you
review your agreement, check what you signed at time of hire. If you
find yourself in a situation where you are concerned you are a risk of
violating the agreement, check in with your former employer. Many HR
professionals will work out non-competes on a case-by-case basis.