A non-compete agreement in Wisconsin is a legal document that a company may use to protect its business interests and trade secrets from competitors. Companies across the state do this by having their new hires, contractors, key personnel, and other associates sign a written promise that they will refrain from competitive actions once their employment or involvement with the company comes to an end. This generally entails that the individual refrain from procuring employment or partnering with a direct competitor for a period of time and/or within a specific geographic location.
Wisconsin Non-Compete Laws - § 103.465
Wisconsin law specifies that non-compete agreements are enforceable as long as their limitations do not go beyond what is necessary to protect the privacy of the company. This means that the agreement does not cause unnecessary harm to the former employee’s ability to procure employment once their time with the company comes to an end.