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This guide addresses non-compete covenants in 36 counties. Its purpose is to provide employers with a comprehensive overview of each national system in its global context and to facilitate the protection of legitimate interests without imposing overly-broad restrictions.
Protecting Your Business
Non-compete covenants are amongst the most sophisticated contractual instruments in employment law today. This is even truer in a global work environment, where employees choose their workplace in an increasingly international context and employers have an interest in discouraging former employees from engaging in competition or soliciting customers. But they need to do so in a way that avoids infringing employees’ fundamental right to professional freedom.
Recent Legal Changes
This edition is updated with the most recent legal changes and outlines each country's rules on non-compete covenants. These include the formal conditions that must be met to ensure the validity of a non-compete covenant — including whether it needs to be in written form and how it can be renewed or refreshed, for example, if the employee is promoted to a different position. The guide also covers principles regarding compensation, both for the restriction itself and for breach. In addition, we look at the possible scope of non-compete clauses in different countries, in terms of time, function and geography. We also give guidance on local and international enforceability.
Mexico - United States
Central & South America:
Argentina - Brazil - Chile - Peru
Austria - Belgium - Denmark - Finland - France - Germany - Greece - Ireland - Italy - Luxembourg - Netherlands - Norway - Portugal - Spain - Sweden - Switzerland - United Kingdom
Czech Republic - Hungary - Lithuania - Poland - Romania - Russia - Slovakia - Turkey - Ukraine
Middle East & Asia Pacific:
China - India - New Zealand - United Arab Emirates