I have been with company ABC for the last ten years. They once attempted to have all employees sign non-compete forms. Everybody including me refused to do so. They, however, had us sign us receiving the employee handbook. At that time the employee handbook consisted of general rules like vacation and sick leave, insurance, etc but non-compete forms were not included in the handbook at that time. They, however, inserted the non-compete pages into this handbook afterwards (without us knowing about it). The last page of handbook that we signed says that we the employees have 'acknowledge, read and understand that handbook and that these documents govern my employment at ABC Company'. The signatures were on the last page only. Can they legally stop me doing the business of similar nature in the same area? The insertion of non-compete pages that do not have my signatures can, in any way shape or form may legally hurt me. The handbook does not have even page numbers on it. Does Michigan law allow non-compete acts?
I will appreciate a response.