Rock Hill Non-Compete Agreement

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In South Carolina, a covenant not to compete typically 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 typically 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 Rock Hill that are unreasonably large.

The agreements must also deal only with those competitors whose line of employment is rationally related to the previous employer's. Finally, the covenant not to compete must have a legitimate business purpose which is behind the employer's motivation for requiring the agreement.

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

You may want to hire a Rock Hill, South 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 Rock Hill

Rock Hill is the fourth largest city in South Carolina but is the largest in York County. Rock Hill is popular among locals and tourists. It's position in the far North of the state earned it the nickname "the gateway to South Carolina" but the motto remains "Shop here. Stay here. Dine here." Rock Hill is so attractive that almost 100,000 residents call the city home. It's just 25 miles south of Charlotte.

Rock Hill is very popular among Charlotte professionals because it provides a more suburban setting that is great for families. The Rock Hill School District is one of the best in the State of South Carolina. In fact, the city of rock Hill is a three time winner of the America's Promise Alliance 100 Best Communities for Young People and a two time winner of the All-American City Award.

Twenty-seven public schools serve Rock Hill and there are also private institutions located within Rock Hill like St. Anne's Catholic. Winthrop University, a four year university, Clinton junior College, a two-year institution founded by the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, are both inside Rock Hill City limits and together enroll 15,000 each year.

Many of the residents and locals of Rock Hill frequent the Rock Hill Galleria Mall and seasonal events like the Cone-See-Me that was voted number one South Carolina Festival.

Rock Hill is home to notables like Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jim Hoagland, children's author Matt Christopher, country music singer David Ball, and Tony Award winning costume designer William Ivey Long. Rock Hill also plays host to lawyers who are familiar with practicing in local courts. Rock Hill lawyers can help you with a wide variety of legal circumstances including divorce, real estate, immigration, personal injury and wrongful termination cases.

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