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Employment Contracts and Restrictive Covenants: New York

Employment Contracts and Restrictive Covenants requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Jessica Sussman


  • In New York, employees who work pursuant to an employment contract can only be terminated for reasons specified in the contract. See Employment Contracts.
  • Although New York has no statute or regulation governing noncompetes in employment they must be reasonable and limited in geographic scope. Further, the type of activity restricted must be reasonably necessary to protect the employer's interests. See Restrictive Covenants.
  • New York City has requirements pertaining to employment contracts. See Local Requirements.