A Minnesota non-solicitation agreement is a contract by which a business owner puts restrictions on their employee’s engagement with customers. The terms of the agreement will define specifically which clients and employees the employee will define the individuals the employee will be prevented from soliciting, as well as the geographical radius and duration of the restriction. Once the employee has signed the contract, they will need to adhere to its terms or face legal consequences. However, if the agreement inhibits the employee’s right to employment beyond reason, it will not be enforced by a court of law.
- Statutes: Not mentioned in state statutes.
- Legally Enforceable? Yes, and courts may enforce non-solicitation agreements less strictly than non-competes (Dynamic Air v. Bloch, 502 N.W.2d 796 (1993)).
Minnesota Non-Compete Agreement – Prevents an employee from entering into direct competition with the employer’s business during and after their employment.
Minnesota Non-Disclosure Agreement – An agreement that prohibits employees from revealing and sharing company secrets.