For example, you can`t ban your former employees from working for a competitor for a decade, which would be especially problematic if they have a number of niche skills or knowledge that really wouldn`t be valuable in another industry. There is a good chance that a court will refuse to impose a non-competition clause that has been active for more than three or four years. The main reason why competition bans are so important is that many organizations have trade secrets that they cannot afford for their competitors. The classic example is a food restaurant that has spent a lot of time (and money) finding recipes with secret ingredients, so their menus can`t be replicated anywhere else. Obviously, these secret ingredients are an important source of this organization`s competitive advantage – so they can`t afford to fall into the wrong hands…