North Charleston Non-Compete Agreement

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In South Carolina, a covenant not to compete generally requires that, upon leaving the company, an employee agrees not to be employed by their employer's competitors. A covenant not to compete may also be called a "non-compete clause". An employee who signs a covenant not to compete may receive compensation for the agreement, or in some cases the agreement is a condition for their being hired.

When are Covenants not to Compete Unenforceable?

Foreseeing whether or not a judge will uphold a covenant not to compete is generally difficult. Even if the employee's interests may be important South Carolina courts will certainly assign great weight to a person's freedom to choose the type of employment that is suitable for them. Accordingly, only those covenants which are deemed to be reasonable will be upheld by the court. Those provisions that courts have seen to be unreasonable include those that last for an prolonged period of time or cover geographic areas around North Charleston that are unreasonably large.

Limitations on non-compete clauses must also be restricted to cover only competitors who are related in a rational way to the employer's industry. 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?

Since covenants could restrict your rights, you may wish to hire a North Charleston, South Carolina lawyer to review any documents. 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. 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 North Charleston

North Charleston offers residents a wonderful quality of life! It has affordable living, great dining and entertainment, charming attractions, and no parking meters!

Some popular sites include the North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum and Educational Center, The Charleston Area Convention Center Complex, the North Charleston Coliseum, the Christmas Lighting Festival and Parade, the annual Arts Festival, weekly Farmers Markets, and the Golf Club at Wescott Plantation.

North Charleston is seen as South Carolina's "retail leader" attracting many small businesses and boutiques. To serve these businesses, the city is home to many attorneys that practice law in various areas. These attorneys ensure excellent personalized legal services to protect both local businesses and residents.

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