Chapel Hill Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Chapel Hill, 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 challenging. 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 Chapel Hill.

The agreements must also deal only with those competitors whose line of employment is reasonably related to the previous employer's. 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 signing anything that may restrict your rights, you might want to hire a Chapel Hill, North Carolina attorney to review the contract. A lawyer can then negotiate to modify the covenant as needed, or might even draft a new one that is acceptable to both parties Attorneys can provide valuable counseling to employers who are contemplating 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 Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill is located in Orange County, North Carolina. Chapel Hill is well-known because it is home to the University of North Carolina. It is also known because it helps comprise the "Research Triangle," which includes Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh.

Interestingly, Chapel Hill is nicknamed "America's Foodiest Small Town" by Bon Appetit Magazine. Some popular restaurants are A Southern Season, Foster's Markeet, Mama's Dip's, Crook's Corner, Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen, Caffee Driade, and The Lantern Restaurant. Many of these places have been recognized by Martha Stewart, Rachael Ray, and the Food Network!

Chapel Hill is also home to many attorneys who help keep the legal force strong. This, in turn, helps residnets and local businesses because all their legal matters will be handled appropriately.

Some famous residents of Chapel Hill include Chris Stamey, Dean Smith, Jack Hogan, John Grisham, Hubert Davis, Ash Bowie, and K.A. Applegate.

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