Feel free to stick to plain language instead of legal terms you may not understand. 14. If the non-compete obligation I have signed is enforced, it means that I cannot earn a living at all. What must I do? 5. What are the legitimate commercial grounds justifying the performance of a non-compete obligation by the employer? In addition to not reading the contract, the worst mistake employees make is being afraid to negotiate its terms. Keep in mind that employers can`t force you to sign a non-compete agreement, so use it as leverage to remove adverse conditions. Your goal should be to limit as much as possible the limits of your ability to find a new job. To do this, focus on three important provisions. .