Employers want to protect their proprietary interest in maintaining client relationships within reason but need to be careful not to overreach when drafting a non-solicitation clause. These clauses are particularly important for sales employees.
Many employment agreements contain non-competition clauses that seek to prevent an employee from later working for a competitor. Employers who rely on these clauses should exercise caution before seeking to enforce them at court.
All employers should seriously consider including a property drafted non-solicitation clause in the employment contract of any employee who has a close working relationship with the organization’s customers.