Naples Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Naples, 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. Covenants not to compete that a court will categorize as unreasonable include agreements that last for a long duration or that restrict the employee to an unreasonable geographic area around Naples.

Covenants must also be limited to restricting dealings with those competitors that are reasonably related to the employer's industry. Lastly, an employer is required to have a legitimate business reason in its motivation for imposing a covenant not to compete on an employee.

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

Before you sign any documents that could restrict your rights, you may consider hiring a Naples, Florida attorney who can review the covenant. The attorney can negotiate modifications to the contract if they are needed, and can draft a new clause which is acceptable to the parties involved. When it comes to suing an employee for breach of a non-compete clause, an attorney can provide valuable advice. They will also be able to counsel employees who need advice for a covenant they have signed.

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Life in Naples

Naples may remind some of Europe, however Naples is also a city in Collier County, Florida. It is a very small city, with a population of about 21,650 people.

The economy largely thrives off of tourism. Naples is a popular vacation spot because it is known as "the Paradise Coast." Alongside tourism, the largest employer is the Fortune 1000 company Health Management Associates. Other top employers include Arthrex and INgage Networks. With such a variety of employers, Naples residents are able to sufficiently provide for themselves. In fact, Napes was ranked amongst the tenth priciest cities.

Popular attractions include the Everglades National Park, Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Picayune Strand Forest, and Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.

Naples is also filled with many small law offices. Attorneys focus on providing personalized legal services, and are very capable of providing their clients with excellent legal services.

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