COVID, Unemployment and Non-Compete Agreements

In the past few years I’ve noticed something odd popping up in standard non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) that have the power to shut down your business and your livelihood, even if you’ve been recently unemployed due to COVID. Hidden in the body of the standard four-page agreement we’ve all seen and signed, among the legalese of what constitutes “confidential information” and under what circumstances that same information is not confidential, is language that restricts you from competing with the party issuing the NDA. […]