Burlington Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Burlington, NC

Generally speaking, in North Carolina, a covenant not to compete means that the employee will agree not to work for any of their employer's competitors when leaving the company. Such agreements are also known by the term "non-compete clauses". Employees who sign them can either receive compensation or simply be required to agree as a condition for their employment.

When are Covenants not to Compete Unenforceable?

Knowing in advance whether a judge will enforce an employee's non-compete clause can be hard. Although the interests of employers are significant, courts in North Carolina also give importance to an employee's freedom to choose the type of employment that they desire. As a result, courts usually uphold only those covenants that are consider to be reasonable according to the circumstances. Terms contained in a covenant not to compete will be struck down by a court as unreasonable if they bind the employee for an unusually long period of time or if they cover an unreasonably large geographic area around Burlington.

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 must have a legitimate 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 Burlington, North Carolina lawyer to review any agreements. 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 Burlington

Burlington, North Carolina is a city in Alamance County. It has a population of more than 50,000 people.

Burlington, North Carolina is known for being the site of the War of The Regulation, which was a revolt against the colonial British government, and predates the American Revolutionary War. Although it was unsuccessful, it may have been a catalyst that helped kick off the wider revolution.

Modernly, Burlington, North Carolina is a thriving, business-friendly community. It hosts the headquarters of LabCorp, one of the largest clinical lab companies in the world, and one of the early pioneers of genetic testing. Burlington is served by a fairly extensive rail network, connecting it to New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, among several other major cities on the East Coast.

The city's daily newspaper is also one of the area's major media outlets.

According to census data, Burlington is an ethnically-diverse community, with significant Hispanic and Asian-American communities.

Given the wide variety of businesses, and relatively large number of residents, in Burlington, North Carolina, it's not surprising that Burlington, North Carolina lawyers typically find their services in demand. Because of the variety of cases they're likely to face, they must be prepared to handle many different types of legal issues, so chances are that there's a Burlington, North Carolina lawyer who can handle your case.

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