Q: Is there a legal obligation to notify an employer (privately owned company) when I resign where I am going to work?
It’s a salon and they have said that I cannot leave to work for another salon (within 6 miles).
A: Was this restriction in writing? If not, I'm not sure how they could enforce anything. If so, you may want to consult an attorney. But generally, courts disfavor restrictions like this, allow they will stand in some cases.
A: Agreements not to compete in Michigan are generally enforceable until they are rendered unenforceable. On the one hand the employer has to balance the risk of invalidating an unreasonable noncompete and the employee has to balance the risk of being found in violation of a reasonable noncompete. The deterrence factor oftentimes meets the objective of the employer. But, you're likely to get an answer that you are comfortable with if you contact an attorney who is familiar with these restrictive covenants.
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