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Employment Contracts and Restrictive Covenants: Missouri

Employment Contracts and Restrictive Covenants requirements for other states

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

Authors: Daniel Press and Alan L. Rupe, Kutak Rock LLP


  • Under Missouri law, to be valid an employment contract requires an offer, consideration and mutual acceptance and be for a set duration. See Employment Contracts.
  • Missouri courts will enforce noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements if the agreements meet six requirements. See Restrictive Covenants.
  • Missouri has adopted the federal Uniform Trade Secrets Act which protects trade secrets and provides remedies for their misappropriation. See Trade Secrets