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Employment Contracts and Restrictive Covenants: Maryland

Employment Contracts and Restrictive Covenants requirements for other states

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

Author: Randi Klein Hyatt, Kollman & Saucier, PA


  • An employment contract sets out the duties of the employee and employer, and provides the employer with the opportunity to clarify the relationship. See Employment Contracts.
  • In Maryland, restrictive covenants must be designed to protect legitimate business interests and cannot extend further than is reasonably necessary to protect those interests. See Restrictive Covenants.
  • Maryland has adopted a version of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act and enforces protection of proprietary information. See Trade Secrets.