Non-Compete Agreements in Florida

As a business owner or employee in Florida, it is important to understand the legal implications and restrictions of non-compete agreements. Non-compete agreements, also known as restrictive covenants, are contracts between an employer and employee that limit the employee’s ability to work for a competitor or start a competing business for a certain period of time after leaving their current job.

In Florida, non-compete agreements are governed by state law and can be enforced if they meet certain criteria. First, the non-compete agreement must be reasonable in scope, duration, and geographic area. It cannot impose an undue burden on the employee’s ability to find work or make a living.

The duration of a non-compete agreement in Florida cannot exceed two years, and the geographic area must be limited to where the employer does business or has a legitimate interest. For example, a non-compete agreement for a restaurant in Miami cannot prevent an employee from working at a restaurant in Orlando.

Non-compete agreements are typically used to protect an employer’s trade secrets, confidential information, and customer relationships. However, they can also be used as a tactic to prevent employees from leaving for a competitor or starting their own business.

In Florida, non-compete agreements are not enforceable for every type of job or industry. For example, non-compete agreements for doctors, lawyers, and accountants are subject to additional restrictions and requirements.

If a non-compete agreement is violated, the employer can seek an injunction to stop the employee from engaging in the prohibited activity. The employer may also seek damages for any harm caused by the employee’s breach.

Overall, it is important for both employers and employees in Florida to understand the limitations and requirements of non-compete agreements. Before signing a non-compete agreement, employees should carefully review the terms and seek legal advice if necessary. Employers should ensure that their non-compete agreements are reasonable and enforceable under Florida law.