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Many employers have long believed that restrictive covenants afford them protections when employees depart to work for competitors. The underlying premise is that these sorts of provisions continue to guard the goodwill the employee generated for the company after he or she departs. If their covenants were reasonable in geographic scope and duration, most employers have understood that they would be enforceable. However, even presumably sophisticated employers now are being exposed as naive.