What can an employer do about a non-compete agreement?
In order to protect certain business interests, some employers may choose to have employees sign a non-compete agreement. This agreement can prohibit certain conduct, such as working for a competitor for a specified period of time.
Can a fired employee sign a non-compete agreement in Florida?
Many employees think that, just because an employer forced them to sign the agreement or be fired, that they are not bound by a non-compete agreement. That’s just not true. Continued employment is valid consideration for a non-compete agreement in Florida. Florida statutes presume that non-compete agreements are valid.
When does a non compete clause become unreasonable?
A court may find a non-compete unreasonable if it prohibits an employee from competing with an employer forever. Most courts will enforce a time period of six months to two years. For a non-compete contract to be valid, it must also be two-sided. This means that each party receives a benefit.
Can a non compete agreement be voided in a court case?
In general, an employer will not want these matters raised in a court case, so they may void your non-compete agreement if you have proof of these behaviors. Showing that the agreement is not related to a legitimate business interest is the most effective way of getting out of a non-compete contract.
Can you sign a non compete agreement with a former employer?
If your employer presents you with a non-compete agreement and you decide to sign the contract, you are promising not to compete against your employer once your employment ends. In addition to preventing you from signing an employment contract with a competitor of your former employer, non-compete clauses can prevent you from:
What is the definition of a non-compete agreement?
A non-compete agreement is a contract between an employee and employer. A non-compete prohibits an employee from engaging in a business that competes with his/her current employer’s business.
What happens to a non-compete clause if you get fired?
In most cases, the non-compete clause still holds even if you are fired or laid off. However, you may be able to request that your former employer waive the clause. In such circumstances, employers are sometimes more open to waiving the clause. What should I do before signing a non-compete clause?
How often should you review a non-compete agreement?
If you want employees to be bound by non-compete agreements, the best course of action is to have an attorney prepare them, and to have them reviewed at least once a year for any changes necessary. An unenforceable non-compete is worse than useless – it is dangerous to the employer who tries to enforce it.