North Port Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in North Port, FL

Usually, 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 may 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 difficult to know beforehand. Even though the interests of an employer are important, 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 provisions that last for a long duration or that restrict the employee to an unreasonable geographic area around North Port.

Covenants not to compete are also required to deal only with competitors who are rationally related to the employer's line of industry. Lastly, the employer needs to have an acceptable business interest 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 you sign any provisions that could restrict your rights, you may consider hiring a North Port, 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. An attorney can also give valuable advice when it comes to suing employees for breaching covenants, or counseling employees who have signed one about whether they can accept a different job.

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Life in North Port

North Port is a very small city located in the Sarasota County of Florida. It was first developed by the General Development Corporation as a part of its Port Charlotte development. Later, the city came under the name North Port. North Port is located between Tampa and Fort Myers.

Some popular attractions of North Point are the Heron Creek Golf Country Club, and Bobcat Trail Golf Country Club. North Port is also filled with many naturist spots. Therefore there are many walking, hiking, and bike trails. Essentially it is a nature lover's dream.

North Point is very small. Therefore there are a few small law offices with excellent attorneys.

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