Palm Coast Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Palm Coast, 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". Signing such an agreement may either be a condition for being employed, or the employee may receive additional compensation for doing so.

When are Covenants not to Compete Unenforceable?

It is difficult to foresee whether a judge will enforce a given non-compete agreement. While the employer?s interests are important, Florida courts place great importance on an individual?s freedom to pursue the employment they want. Accordingly, courts have only upheld those agreements that they consider reasonable under the circumstances. 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 Palm Coast.

The agreements must also deal only with those competitors whose line of employment is rationally related to the previous employer's. Finally, an employer is required to have a valid 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 signing anything that may restrict your rights, you may want to hire a Palm Coast, Florida attorney to review the contract. A lawyer can then negotiate to modify the covenant as needed, or may even draft a new one that is acceptable to both parties Attorneys can provide valuable counseling to employers who are considering 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 Palm Coast

Palm Coast is located in Flagler County, Florida. It has a population of around 76,000 people. It is seen as one of Florida's most rapidly growing areas.

Palm Coast is filled with small to mid-size businesses of all types. One of the larger employers include Palm Coast Data, which employs around 1,000 people. This area is building itself up after the 2009 recession. With these small businesses looking to improve, many Florida residents are moving to Palm Coast for employment purposes.

With Palm Coast being such a business-savvy area, it has a good deal of law firms ready and capable of serving these businesses for any and all of their legal needs.

Overall, Palm Coast is an up and rising area of Florida filled with small businesses aiming to thrive and succeed in the U.S. economy.

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