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Employment Contracts and Restrictive Covenants: Hawaii

Employment Contracts and Restrictive Covenants requirements for other states

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

Author: Anna Elento-Sneed, Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing


  • Termination of employees with written contracts will be governed by the terms of the express contract. See Employment Contracts.
  • Noncompete, confidentiality and nonsolicitation agreements are permitted. Hawaii also follows the Uniform Trade Secrets Act with respect to trade secrets, except customer lists are not considered trade secrets. See Restrictive Covenants.
  • Hawaii has adopted a version of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act and enforces protection of proprietary information. See Trade Secrets.