What are non-competition and non-solicitation agreements?

Non-competition agreements, or covenants to not compete, are components of employment contracts, or entire agreements, that restrict an employee from working for a competitor of his or her employer, or otherwise competing against the employer, during and for a certain time period after their employment.

Non-solicitation agreements, or covenants to not solicit, are components of employment contracts, or entire agreements, that restrict an employee from soliciting the customers, clients, or employees of his or her employer for a certain time period after their employment.

Non-competition and non-solicitation agreements are often interchangeably referred to as “restrictive covenants.”