There were signs this morning that the economy is starting to pick up again. If that continues to happen, there is no doubt that we’ll start to see many more employees changing jobs to take advantage of new opportunities.

But as that happens, some of those employees’ employers will be left scratching their head and asking: How can I protect my clients, customers and confidential data from walking out the door?

What’s one possible solution? Restrictive Covenants are typically contract provisions that restrict an employee from competing with your business, soliciting clients or employees, or using trade secrets in their new business.  They take many shapes and sizes but overall, courts will give them serious consideration if they are reasonable in time and scope.

Our monthly webinar series returns in February (after a holiday absence) to discuss this very issue and how employers can draft restrictive covenants that will hold up in court.  My fellow partners, Jon Orleans and Rick Robinson have agreed to spearhead this production and should be both educational and entertaining.

It will be held on February 10, 2010 at 12 noon EST.  Sign up through this link (and, as always, it’s free). 

The monthly webinars will continue on the second Wednesday of each month at noon. If you have any suggestions on topics that you’d like to hear, please feel free to drop me a line.