Minnesota Non-Solicitation Agreement

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A Minnesota non-solicitation agreement is a contract between an employer and employee that can be part of an employment agreement, severance agreement, or function as a stand-alone document. Sometimes, when they are stand-alone, they include non-compete and non-disclosure clauses. These agreements usually create restrictions on the time, location, and types of services that an employee can provide to their employer’s competitors or customers. They go into effect when an employee stops working for their employer.

Legally Enforceable in Minnesota? 

Yes, but only if the agreement can be clearly proven necessary to protect business interests. The term, geographic area, and nature of the restrictions must be reasonable enough to not overburden an employee’s right to find new employment (Bennett, supra, 134 N.W.2d 892, 899-900).