West Palm Beach Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in West Palm Beach, 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". 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 discern whether a judge will enforce a given non-compete agreement. While employer's interest are significant, the courts of Florida also put a high level of importance on a person's ability to pursue their desired employment opportunities. Consequently, a court will generally only uphold non-compete clauses which under the circumstances are considered to be reasonable. A court will typically hold non-compete clauses to be unreasonable if they involve unusually long periods of time or if they cover a geographic region surrounding West Palm Beach that is excessively large.

Non-compete clauses are also limited in that they can only apply to competitors who are reasonably related to the industry of the employer. Lastly, the employer must have a valid business interest behind its motivation for mandating a covenant not to compete.

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

Since covenants could restrict your rights, you may wish to hire a West Palm Beach, Florida lawyer to review any provisions. They will be able to negotiate further changes to the covenant, and can draft an entirely new one that is acceptable to all parties if needed. Employers can receive useful advice from an attorney should they decide to sue a worker for breaching a covenant, and employees who have signed such covenants can also benefit from a lawyer's counseling.

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Life in West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach is a popular area for residents and tourists. It is located in Palm Beach County, which is home to about 1.4 million people. West Palm Beach is in the Southern Florida region.

Some popular sites include the Carefree Theatre, Palm Beach Zoo, Rapids Water Park, South Florida Science Museum, Lion County Safari, International Polo Hall of Fame, Trump International Golf Club, Meyer Amphitheater, and Palm Beach County Convention Center. West Palm Beach is also known for its festivals, such as SunFest, the Palm Beach International Film Festival, and the Winter Equestrian Festival.

Some of West Palm Beach's top employers include Florida Public Utilities, ION Media Networks, Ocwen, Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne, Sikorsky Aircraft, General Dynamics, Cemex, and CSC. West Palm Beach is also filled with many law firms. Thus, the area has many top-notch attorneys capable of handling any and every legal inquiry.

All in all, West Palm Beach is a great place to live and/or visit!

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