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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