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Restrictive Covenants, Employee Training, And The Limits Of Transaction-Cost Analysis, Gillian Lester
Restrictive covenants are an increasingly common feature of employment, used across a wide range of industries, occupations, and employees. In its most common form, a restrictive covenant prohibits an employee from competing with the employer within a certain geographic area fora specified period of time after departure, usually one or two years. Sometimes these clauses are drawn more narrowly, proscribing specific activities such as continued dealings with former customers. Regardless of scope, the typical remedy when an employee breaches such a covenant is injunctive relief.
A substantial literature within law and economics debates the merits of restrictive covenants from an ...