employee choice doctrine

By Marcus Mintz

A New York Supreme Court recently affirmed the viability of the “employee choice doctrine” in a rescission action involving employee equity grants.  See Lenel Systems Int’l., Inc. v. Smith, 106 A.D. 3d 1536, 966 N.Y.S.2d 618 (N.Y. App. Div. 2013).  The “employee choice doctrine” arises when an employee has a choice between complying with post-employment obligations,
Continue Reading Comply or Lose: New York Affirms Enforcement of Non-Compete in Rescission Action for Employee Equity Grants

Under Texas law, a restraint on competition without reasonable time and geographical limitations is unenforceable. Although New York generally disfavors an unreasonable non-competition covenant, there is an exception under the employee-choice doctrine. A recent Texas appellate court panel, applying Texas law, reversed a lower court order declaring valid under New York law an employment contract provision imposing a substantial penalty

Continue Reading Texas Appellate Court Voids, As Contrary to Fundamental Texas Law, Incentive Compensation Contract Imposing A Substantial Penalty For Post-Employment Competition With The Ex-Employer