Non-compete agreements are clauses inserted into employment contracts prohibiting employees from leaving to join a competitor or start a competitive business. They often include time limitations (e.g. two years after leaving) and geographic limitations (e.g. within 100 miles).
Many people think non-competes only affect TV personalities or high-level executives with access to company secrets. They assume these agreements are rarely, if ever, an issue for the majority of workers. This couldn’t be further from the truth.