Havelock Non-Compete Agreement

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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 upon leaving the company. Such agreements are also known by the term "non-compete clauses". Employees who sign them may 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. While employer's interest are significant, the courts of North Carolina 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. Terms contained in a covenant not to compete will be struck down by a court as unreasonable if they bind the employee for an excessively long period of time or if they cover an unreasonably large geographic area around Havelock.

The agreements must also deal only with those competitors whose line of employment is rationally related to the previous employer's. Lastly, there must be a legitimate business interest which motivates the employer's mandating a covenant not to compete.

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

You may want to hire a Havelock, North Carolina lawyer to review the covenant before signing any agreements that may limit or restrict your rights. The lawyer will then be able to negotiate any modifications to the contract as needed, or they can even draft a new one should it be required by one or both parties. 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 Havelock

Havelock, population 22,000, is located in Craven County in the state of North Carolina. It is one of the state's more quickly growing cities, as it is the second largest in the county. It was originally founded as a railroad station.

Havelock is best known for its connection with the United States military. The city is home to the largest Marine Corps air base on the East Coast, known locally as "Cherry Point". Also, the city is named after Sir Henry Havelock, who was a British military officer operating in India during the 1850's.

Today the town is supported by a bustling economy and is an ideal place for both residents and visitors. The city is served by a fine education system and has many facilities for leisure and recreation purposes. Visitors to the city can inquire at the Havelock Tourist Event Center to receive an in-depth guide to activities in the Havelock.

If you have a legal issue, an attorney in Havelock, North Carolina can be of great assistance. Havelock lawyers handle variety of legal claims and are available for representation and advice.

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