Contractual Matters/Non-Compete Agreements

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Contractual Matters & Non-Compete Agreements

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Contractual matters can involve disputes between employees and their employers over any aspect of an employment contract. They can also involve concerns over whether to sign a non-compete agreement or how to handle the ramifications of such an agreement after signing.

If you are facing any problems relating to a work contract, it is best to seek the guidance of a knowledgeable attorney. At Sconzo Law Office, P.A., our West Palm Beach contractual matters and non-compete agreement lawyers provide skilled and personalized legal service aimed at helping you resolve contractual issues so that you can move forward in the workplace.

Employment Contract Issues

A contract between you and your employer can cover many issues pertaining to your employment. Contracts outline how these issues will be handled by the company and limit certain actions on your part while employed and after leaving the company.

Contracts may address:

  • What health benefits you will receive
  • Company policies regarding sick leave and vacation time
  • Procedures for lodging a grievance
  • Confidentiality, in which you are limited in sharing information about the company to others
  • Non-compete clauses, in which you are prohibited from working for a rival company or starting your own company that will compete with your employers should you leave
  • Exclusivity, in which you agree that you will not also work for a company in a similar field while working for your employer
  • No additional pay clauses, in which you agree that you will not be entitled to more compensation should you be elected as an officer or to a managing committee
  • Termination clause, which will state the conditions of termination, such as a two-week notice, and more
  • Arbitration, in which the parties agree to submit any disputes to arbitration rather than through legal action

Non-Compete Agreements

Florida recognizes and enforces non-compete agreements so long as they are reasonable. These contracts limit your options in pursuing future employment. Therefore, they generally must be limited in their timespan, geographical area, and consideration of what constitutes competition.

Under Florida law, a non-compete agreement is allowed only to protect legitimate business interests, such as:

  • Confidential business or professional information of importance
  • Specialized or extraordinary training provided to employees
  • Substantial relationships with specified existing or potential clients, customers, or patients
  • The goodwill of clients, customers, or patients relating to the company’s trademarks, specified geographic or marketing areas, and related issues
  • Trade secrets
  • And others

Most Florida courts will not enforce non-compete agreements that last for more than two years, but longer time restrictions are possible under certain circumstances. While such agreements may be helpful or even necessary for those who work in highly competitive job fields, a non-compete agreement will ultimately affect your livelihood for a certain period of time and can potentially have a huge impact on where you live, how much you make, and more.

If you are concerned about any employment contract issues or believe your employee has taken advantage of you in regards to one, bring your concerns to Sconzo Law Office, P.A. Our West Palm Beach employment lawyers stand ready to help you with effective legal solutions.

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If you have already signed a contract or non-compete agreement, you may still have hope. We are happy to discuss your case and options with you during a complimentary case evaluation. These are confidential and come with no obligation, so please do not hesitate to reach out if you have concerns. We look forward to providing you with the legal counsel and representation you deserve.

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