Non-competition Clauses and Restrictive Covenants

The parties involved in an employment contract often agree to one or more restrictive covenants that can be divided into three broad categories.

The members of the Langlois lawyers Employment and Labour Law team are experts that are recognized for their advice to employers on non-solicitation, confidentiality (or non-disclosure), and non-competition clauses. Initially developed by the case law, the mandatory requirements for approval of these clauses are now codified in the Civil Code of Québec. To identify their three limits, two generally opposing rights must be weighed: the legitimate interests of the employer and an employee’s right to work and earn a living.

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