In today’s world, employers, understandably, do everything in their power to prevent employees and independent contractors from leaving and taking their knowledge and trade secrets with them. Increased mobility, speed of information, the rate in which information is disseminated, as well as decreased loyalty, and the tremendous amount of capital investment spent by the employer in creating intellectual property, make it so employers are increasingly requiring key employees (and even not so key employees) to sign very restrictive covenant, noncompete agreements to discourage employee defection or corporate pirating.
As discussed in previous comments, Illinois law still favors free mobility of employees. But along with an increased number of employers requiring employees to sign non-competition agreements, comes an increased number of business client seeking counsel from our Chicago business litigation lawyers to enforce these restrictive covenants. Consequently, the body of law governing the area of restrictive covenants has been changing.