17. Our company was acquired by another company, and we are now told that we are subject to non-compete agreements. Can the new employer enforce the agreement against us? 3. Is it legal to refuse me a job simply because I refuse to sign a non-compete agreement? Countries across Europe have different requirements for the validity of competition contracts between employers and workers following an employment contract. We offer a brief comparative analysis of requirements in Italy, Germany, France, Poland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Please contact your local Norton Rose Fulbright contact or one of the contributors to this publication to learn more about this topic. In the case of the sale of a business, it is typical for a buyer to accept in a sales contract the requirement that the seller not perform the same type of business in a specific geographic area for a certain period of time. Whether or not these types of non-competition are applicable and to what extent the courts will apply them varies considerably from state to state. The basic idea that was expressed a long time ago remains: “An alliance not to compete is applicable only when it is necessary to protect a legitimate commercial interest, which is reasonably limited in time and space and in accordance with the public interest.”  The extent to which non-competition obligations are permitted by law varies by jurisdiction. For example, in the United States, the State of California invalidates non-competition prohibitions for all shareholders, except shareholders, when selling commercial interests. Non-competition prohibitions in the state of Colorado are generally overturned, unless they fall within a few selected exceptions.  These exceptions include “a) any contract to purchase and sell a business or the assets of a business; (b) any contract relating to the protection of trade secrets; (c) any contractual provision to reimburse the training costs of a worker who has served an employer for less than two years; and (d) executives, executives, executives and employees, who represent professional staff for executives and executives.  When the statute came into force, Colorado`s approach to regulating non-compete agreements was a unique approach.  I graduated from engineering school in December and have an offer to start a full-time start at a company in January. Part of the paperwork is a 24-month non-competition clause. Is this the length in which you can`t work for a company in a similar field after leaving the company`s first standard? Does it look too long? If a worker violates the non-compete agreement and pays the employer compensation without liquidation if the employer asks the employee to continue to fulfill the non-competitive obligations, as agreed, the People`s Court supports that claim.