by Christina L. Saveriano, Esquire (email / link to bio)

In order for an employer to protect their confidential business information, including client contacts, it is often advisable for an employer to require employees to enter into an employment agreement containing a restrictive covenant. Such an agreement should be presented to the employee by the employer at the beginning of the employment relationship. However, in order for the restrictive covenant to be enforceable the employer must be certain that the terms of the restrictive covenant are reasonable. That is, the employment agreement must be specifically drafted to be reasonable in accordance with established New Jersey law.