Missouri non-compete and non-solicitation agreements are contracts or covenants that an employer may require an employee to sign at the beginning or during the course of their employment. The purpose of the contract is to protect the employer from having employees reveal trade secrets and from working a similar position within the same sector for a period of time. By including the non-solicitation clause in the contract, employers can also prevent employees from soliciting other employees and company clients. A non-compete agreement is unenforceable if it is found by a court to be unreasonable.
Laws – § 431.202-3
Non-Compete Limit – In accordance with common law principals and Healthcare Svcs. of the Ozarks, Inc. v. Copeland, 198 S.W.3d 604, 609-10 (Mo. banc 2006), a non-compete agreement may only limit the employee’s actions to a degree that reasonably protects the employer’s legitimate interests.
Non-Solicitation Limit – There is no statute limiting non-solicitation covenants. However, an agreement is only enforceable if its geographical and time limits do not unreasonably impede the employee’s liberty.