A non-competition agreement is a contractual undertaking that prohibits one of the parties, usually a worker, from engaging in conduct in competition with the other party, usually an employer. As of October 1, 2018, non-competition obligations are in place in Massachusetts, unless they meet certain strict legal requirements. Non-solicitation Agreements – Mississippi courts generally determine the applicability of non-appeal agreements by applying the same general standards that apply to non-competitors.  In 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, in Brown and Brown of Mississippi, LLC v. Baker found that “the Mississippi courts have not yet considered whether non-invitation clauses are subject to the same standards as non-competition clauses, but other courts have ruled that these two types of clauses are “governed by separate investigations,” and cited in 2016 southern District of Mississippi Opinion in which the Illinois Alliance Act is analyzed to not solicit.  Despite this statement, the Southern District of Mississippi held in brown and Brown “[n]… The non-compliance clause in the disputed labour agreement is proportionate and applicable in accordance with the standards applicable to non-competition clauses.  Since non-invitation clauses often have non-competition clauses, the requirement to meet the same standards simplifies the application of both types of clauses. Unlike other legal systems that follow the general rule that the review is important only to determine whether it exists and not whether it is appropriate, Illinois will verify the adequacy of the consideration.  The majority of courts will need service employment for at least two years to support a non-competition agreement (or any other type of restrictive pact). However, in some cases where a worker is particularly severe, the courts have demanded less.
Although common and non-competitive rules in employment contracts and, to a lesser extent, in sales contracts for businesses, these have long been the objective of government regulation.