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Employment Contracts and Restrictive Covenants: Iowa

Employment Contracts and Restrictive Covenants requirements for other states

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

Authors: Stuart R. Buttrick, Susan W. Kline and Taylor L. Haran, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP


  • Employers and employees can contractually alter the at-will relationship. Contracts require an offer and acceptance. See Employment Contracts.
  • Reasonable restrictive covenants are generally enforceable in Iowa and may be necessary to protect an employer from unfair competition from employees and former employees. See Restrictive Covenants.
  • Iowa has adopted a version of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act and enforces protection of proprietary information. See Trade Secrets.