Melbourne Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Melbourne, FL

Generally, a covenant not to compete is when a Florida employee agrees not to work for an employer's competitors when the employee leaves the company. Covenants not to compete are also known as "non-compete clauses". An employee who signs them either does so as a condition to employment or they can receive compensation for the agreement.

When are Covenants not to Compete Unenforceable?

Whether or not a judge will conclude that the covenant is enforceable can be challenging to know beforehand. Even though the interests of an employer are significant, Florida courts value a person's freedom to select the type of employment that they desire. Thus, courts will typically uphold only those covenants not to compete that they conclude to be reasonable. Some provisions that courts have considered to be unreasonable include terms that last for an unusually long period of time or that cover a geographic around Melbourne that is unreasonably broad.

Limitations on non-compete clauses must also be restricted to cover only competitors who are related in a reasonable way to the employer's industry. Finally, the employer needs to have an acceptable business purpose which justifies their motives in requiring their employee to sign a covenant not to compete.

Do I Need an Attorney when Dealing with a Covenant not to Compete?

Before signing anything that may restrict your rights, you might want to hire a Melbourne, Florida attorney to review the contract. A lawyer can then negotiate to modify the covenant as needed, or might even draft a new one that is acceptable to both parties Attorneys can provide valuable counseling to employers who are contemplating suing an employer who breached a covenant not to compete. They can also assist employees who have signed an agreement limiting their employment options.

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Life in Melbourne

When people think of Melbourne, they think Australia. However, the state of Florida also has a city named Melbourne. Melbourne was named in honor of its first postmaster, Cornthwaite John Hector. Hector had spent a majority of his life in Melbourne, Australia. Hence, the name Melbourne arose!

Popular employers in the city include DRS Technologies, General Electric, Harris Corporation, Northrop Grumman, Rockwell Collins and Embraer. Many of these companies are in the defense field. Therefore, much of Melbourne's workforce labors towards providing our country with top-notch defense.

Some popular attractions in Melbourne include the Foosaner Art Museum, the Historic Rossetter House Museum, Brevard Zoo, Wickham Park, and the Liberty Bell Memorial Museum.

Melbourne is filled with many small law offices, where attorneys work hard to provide excellent legal services and personalized attention!

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