The Maryland non-compete agreement is a contract that some employers will have new employees sign when they are hired. The purpose of the agreement is to protect the employer’s interests by prohibiting the employee from sharing trade secrets or competing in the same industry. More specifically, the agreement can limit the employee from starting or joining a similar business in the same sector and soliciting employees and clients from their employer’s business. These agreements may only limit the employee’s activities for an amount of time and over a geographical area that are reasonable.
Laws – No statute.
Non-Compete Limit – No statute. However, non-compete agreements are only enforceable within “reasonable” geographical and time limits. The employer must be able to prove that their agreement’s restrictions are justifiable as applied to the employee.
Non-Solicitation Limit – No statute, but to be enforceable, the duration of a non-solicitation agreement must be “reasonable” as determined by the court.