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Employment Contracts and Restrictive Covenants: Washington

Employment Contracts and Restrictive Covenants requirements for other states

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

Author: Gloria Ju


  • Employment contracts that cannot be performed in one year must be in writing and signed. See Employment Contracts.
  • Employers in Washington may use noncompete agreements if they meet the state's three-factor reasonableness test. A noncompete agreement may be preferable to a nonsolicitation agreement. See Restrictive Covenants.
  • Washington has adopted the Uniform Trade Secrets Act and enforces protection of proprietary information. See Trade Secrets.