Can an employer enforce a noncompete against a former employee terminated during a reduction-in-force? Employer concerns of unfair competition are reemerging now that recently terminated employees are finding employment (some with competitors) in an improving economy.
When it comes to physician employment agreements, non-compete provisions can be controversial and tricky. The use of these agreements is nonetheless increasing and evolving as hospitals and other groups try to protect their investments in successful medical practices, especially those that they helped launch and nurture. After assuming the risks and costs of building a medical practice, they obviously do not want to see employed doctors move their practices (and patients) to a competitor.