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Employment Contracts and Restrictive Covenants: Minnesota

Employment Contracts and Restrictive Covenants requirements for other states

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

Author: Angela Rud, formerly of Lathrop GPM


  • Employers seeking to protect confidential and proprietary business information may use confidentiality agreements in contracts extending an employment offer and/or request current employees to sign such agreements. See Employment Contracts.
  • In general, Minnesota courts will not enforce employment agreements or other contracts containing noncompete provisions or contractual prohibitions against soliciting customers or employees in the absence of adequate consideration. See Restrictive Covenants.
  • Minnesota has adopted the Uniform Trade Secrets Act and enforces protection of proprietary information. See Trade Secrets.
  • Minneapolis has requirements pertaining to employment contracts. See Local Requirements.