Virginia Beach Non-Compete Agreement

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In Virginia, 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". Compensation might be paid for employees who sign the covenant, or at times the employment might be conditioned upon such an agreement.

When are Covenants not to Compete Unenforceable?

Foreseeing whether or not a judge will uphold a covenant not to compete is generally difficult. Even though the interests of an employer are significant, Virginia courts value a person's freedom to select the type of employment that they desire. Thus, courts will typically uphold only those covenants not to compete that they conclude 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 unusually long period of time or if they cover an unreasonably large geographic area around Virginia Beach.

Covenants not to compete are also required to deal only with competitors who are reasonably related to the employer's line of 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 Virginia Beach, Virginia 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. 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 Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach, Virginia is a popular tourist town located on the Atlantic Ocean in the southeastern corner of Virginia. The city is home to an estimated population of over 440,000 residents and is the most populated city in all of Virginia. It is also the 41st largest city in the United States.

Virginia Beach is best known as a resort city and has beaches that stretch for miles with hotels, restaurants, and clubs crowding the ocean front for residents and visitors to enjoy. In fact, Virginia Beach is in the Guiness Book of World Records for having the longest "pleasure beach" in the world. Real Estate and tourism are the two biggest components to Virginia Beach economy. In addition to expansive beaches, the city is also home to 210 parks within it's city limits.

Virginia Beach is also home to a major fighter jet base for the U.S. Navy -- Naval Air Station Oceana which also helps drive the Virginia beach economy. Of the 11 public high schools in Virginia Beach one provides students with some interesting legal training. First Colonial High School has a legal student academy giving high school students classes in legal research and writing, intro to the law, and other law-based classes to prepare the students for a legal job. With a focus on the law at such a young age, it is no wonder that there are so many great lawyers in Virginia Beach. Virginia Beach lawyers are trained at some of the best schools in the country and with legal training as young as 14, it is no wonder that Virginia Beach lawyers are so good at what they do!

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