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Non-compete agreements

In today’s business world, knowledge is a valuable asset. The information that employees have in their heads, such as trade secrets, customer data, and specialized training, can give their employers a distinct edge over the competition. Non-compete agreements are increasingly being relied on by employers to ensure that when employees leave, the knowledge and skills they take with them do not give the competition an unfair advantage. Although non-completion agreements are fairly common in employment contracts, they can be difficult to enforce.

What are they?

A non-compete agreement is a restrictive covenant that places limits on where and for whom a current or former employee can work. Such an agreement, for example, may stipulate that an employee cannot work for a particular industry within a certain geographical range and for a certain time period after leaving his or her place of employment. Although any employee can be asked to sign a non-compete agreement as part of his or her employment contract, they are most commonly used for executive employees and employees who have access to confidential company information.

Why are they used?

Non-compete agreements are an important element in today’s business environment. The restrictions that such agreements impose on employees are necessary to ensure competing businesses do not gain an unfair advantage in the marketplace. For example, without non-compete agreements, a senior executive at one company would be able to “sell” valuable trade secrets he had acquired at that company to whichever competitor was willing to pay the highest price for them. In another situation, a company may have paid for specialized training for an employee only to witness that employee take his or her newly acquired skills to a competitor soon after completing that training.

How restrictive is too restrictive?

Although non-compete agreements address a legitimate business need, they must also not trample on the rights of employees to earn a living. To be considered enforceable, non-compete agreements should balance the rights of both employers and employees. Courts often take issue with such agreements when an employer places overly vague or unreasonable demands on an employee. If a non-compete agreement prevents a former employee from working for a competitor for a certain time period and within a certain geographic area then both that time span and the geographic area must be reasonable.

For example, if an auto dealership serving primarily residents of Boca Raton tries to prevent its former employees from working for any other dealership throughout the entire state of Florida, then such a restriction is likely to go beyond what would be considered a legitimate business interest and reasonable geographic restriction. Likewise, time restrictions must be reasonable, especially since many trade secrets lose their value over time. A non-compete agreement will likely run into problems if it places restrictions on where and for whom a former employee can work for more than two years after his or her termination.

Trial or negotiation?

When disputes about non-compete agreements arise, both employers and employees may choose to take their case to trial or negotiate an agreement outside of the court. Going to trial does entail some risk. The party that loses the trial case, for example, may be ordered to pay the legal fees of the other party. Additionally, even if a judge agrees that a portion of a non-compete agreement is unreasonable, that does not necessarily mean that the non-compete agreement in its entirety will be considered void and unenforceable. Instead, a court can alter an existing non-compete agreement to bring it into conformity with the law. Despite the risks, there are situations where going to trial may be in an employee or employer’s best interests.

Many non-compete disputes, however, are settled through negotiation. Negotiating a settlement is typically more cost-effective for both employers and employees. Negotiation also allows both parties to maintain some degree of control over the final agreement, rather than trying to predict at trial how a judge may or may not rule on the case.

Legal help

Non-compete agreements are at the center of many employment contract disputes in South Florida. Knowing how to proceed in such a dispute requires the assistance of an experienced and dedicated lawyer. A Boca Raton business lawyer who has experience working with both employers and employees in employment disputes will have the knowledge and expertise that is needed to handle a client’s concerns regarding a non-compete agreement. Shiner Law Group has attorneys with extensive experience in non-compete agreements that are available 24/7 to discuss your restrictive covenant with you. Call our attorneys at (561) 777-7700 to discuss any non-competition agreement needs you may have.

 

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Greg Reiter
Greg Reiter
16:03 17 Feb 17
After being disheartened by our first law firm whom I'll omit their names for the purpose of this review, my wife and I began our search for a law firm with some teeth, and we found that in Shiner Law Group. Not only is this a law firm with just the right amount of aggression, but here you'll find a nice refreshing sense of empathy to help make it through the long and painful process. Donna was especially wonderful to work with and went above and beyond the normal expectancy of quality service. 4 thumbs up!
Randal Elroy
Randal Elroy
14:49 24 Jan 17
Shiner law group helped me settle my car accident case. The staff was extremely friendly and kept me informed about my case on a regular basis. I was lost through some of this whole process but shiner law group really stepped up and guided me through it all. I would recommend them to everyone I know!
Caroline Minae
Caroline Minae
22:27 26 Dec 16
I started with another Boca law firm to handle my car accident case but after a year I saw no results. I was referred to Shiner Law group and within 7 months my case was settled, last week to be exact! They ended up getting me way more than the insurance wanted to settle for. So glad to be introduced to this law firm and I can't recommend them enough. Thank you David and the Shiner group.
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lina lemos
03:23 23 Feb 17
David helped me with my auto claim and made sure I was compensated for my injuries. great firm!
Erica Hershey
Erica Hershey
19:06 30 Nov 16
Thank you Shiner Law Group for helping me pay off my medical bills and making me some money from my accident. David Shiner is the best Lawyer in town!!!
Delta Zeta
Delta Zeta
14:33 25 Feb 17
This is a great place to go if you need people who are willing to sit with you and take care of all your needs. They are there for you every step of the way. Their staffing excellent and go above and beyond to make sure you are happy with their service. A lot of thanks to the Shiner Law Group and Donna Antonelli for all your help.
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simon motola
17:10 16 Mar 17
If anyone wants peace of mind call Shiner Law Group I haven't come across anyone as professional and knowledgeable as Shiner Law Group David and his team helped me on numerous occasions and I can tell anyone in good faith that if you need things to get done you call Shiner Law Group. Believe me you want David on your side.
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Michelle Reckseit
Michelle Reckseit
2017-03-20T05:08:15+0000
David Shiner and staff has gone above and beyond in helping me with my legal issues....they have great attention to detail and made me feel comfortable through out The Whole process. Their dedication to what they do is incomparable. Such a Pleasure to work with and easy to communicate with.
Hector Escamilla
Hector Escamilla
2017-03-19T04:28:36+0000
Pleasure to work and easy to communicate with. Stratton Smiley made it an easy process to follow. I appreciate all the hard work and attention to detail. Will definitely recommend to others.
Flavia Y Cristian
Flavia Y Cristian
2017-02-28T18:47:37+0000
Great company!! They handle my case in a professional and fast way. I totally recommend them �
Bobby Nicolosi
Bobby Nicolosi
2017-02-28T14:02:45+0000
Great firm. Would definitely recommend to anyone!
Elisa Henriques Wade
Elisa Henriques Wade
2017-02-28T13:47:15+0000
Very professional office. They are 100% committed to demystifying the process and ensuring that their clients are well taken care off. Would definitely recommend them to all my family and friends.
Nicole Santiago
Nicole Santiago
2017-02-28T13:42:09+0000
Excellent and responsive office staff, fantastic attorneys! Thank you Yuly for your assistance.
Judith Brador
Judith Brador
2017-02-28T13:25:08+0000
Great Attorneys working with an Amazing Team. ��
Danielle Smiley
Danielle Smiley
2017-02-28T12:14:34+0000
The shiner group has the best lawyers! They are very professional and experienced!
Juliana Rebecca
Juliana Rebecca
2017-02-28T00:56:39+0000
Awesome! The best law group in South Florida!
Zoey Zibor
Zoey Zibor
2017-02-25T14:32:26+0000
This is a great place to go if you need people who are willing to sit with you and take care of all your needs. They are there for you every step of the way. Their staffing excellent and go above and beyond to make sure you are happy with their service. A lot of thanks to the Shiner Law Group and Donna Antonelli for all your help.
Abbie Rose
Abbie Rose
2017-02-25T03:08:17+0000
Donna Antonelli best ever so helpful and so nice!!!
Esteban Fernández
Esteban Fernández
2017-02-24T05:16:25+0000
Excelente firma!! 100% recomendable!! Gracias Diana Hanna por ser tan responsable y prestar un gran servicio!!
Gloria Inés Lindo
Gloria Inés Lindo
2017-02-24T02:13:17+0000
Diana Hana is the best ever. She works for an awesome company which has helped me a lot with some legal documents I needed ASAP. I will recommend her for your future legal issues . Don't hesitate to call her when you need assistance! Next time stop by her office.
Martha Cecilia Libreros
Martha Cecilia Libreros
2017-02-24T01:52:37+0000
Todos en la oficina son muy amables, profesionales y muy humanos.
Kristen Daniel
Kristen Daniel
2017-02-23T23:42:49+0000
The attorneys are always there for you and dedicated to helping you. I would recommend this firm to anyone.
Lina M. Pulgarin L
Lina M. Pulgarin L
2017-02-23T21:31:26+0000
Diana Hanna !! Excelente en su trabajo, excelente asesoría !! Y además una atención increíble
Heather Danner
Heather Danner
2017-02-23T19:34:32+0000
Jonathen Marrero
Jonathen Marrero
2017-02-23T19:02:34+0000
Shiner Law Group has an excellent staff! I highly recommend them!
Nicolas Andres Martinez Naranjo
Nicolas Andres Martinez Naranjo
2017-02-23T19:01:00+0000
Diana Hanna, is an importan element, for the peolple what speak spanish; continue like this.......
Holmes Mendez
Holmes Mendez
2017-02-23T17:27:57+0000
Its an excellent company, with very good human quality. I advised with an excellent profesional who has helped me understand some legal issues of the health services trade in the united states. Many thanks to shiner las group and Misa Diana Hanna for their help. Calle them now
Jose M Menendez
Jose M Menendez
2017-02-23T17:14:47+0000
Great law firm and customer service. Thank you Diana Hanna for your cordial assistance throughout the entire process.
Erika Gutierrez
Erika Gutierrez
2017-02-23T17:06:46+0000
Thanks to Diana Arriaga i had a good experience, she helped me in Spanish 🙂 so thanks a lot!
Brian Nagle
Brian Nagle
2017-02-23T16:59:14+0000
Great Attorneys, the customer service was great,Especially from Dianna Hanna.
Andrea Sepulveda
Andrea Sepulveda
2017-02-23T16:57:21+0000
Excelente servicio diana hanna es muy profesional......habla muy bien el español
Manuel Gonzalez Rubio
Manuel Gonzalez Rubio
2017-02-23T16:54:47+0000
Thanks to @[661359094:Diana Marcela] i had a great experience, she also helped me in my native languaje wich helped me a Lot.
Gloria Cecilia Jaramillo Botero
Gloria Cecilia Jaramillo Botero
2017-02-23T16:45:53+0000
Diana Hanna me asesoro muy bien en mi consulta y ademas en Español, excelente.
Karina Elizabeth
Karina Elizabeth
2017-02-23T16:36:11+0000
The "A Team" they prudently get it done. You'll be happy you chose them!!! Diana Hanna keeps them in line :).
Jorge Brador
Jorge Brador
2017-02-23T12:48:36+0000
Great firm. Attorney are very professional and attentive. Offices staff treat you like you are part of their family. Really like Shiner Law group!
Dane Hilbert
Dane Hilbert
2017-02-23T03:06:02+0000
Shiner law group is hands down the most personable and professional group of people I've had the pleasure of meeting! They will get the job done!
Cody Prebble
Cody Prebble
2017-02-23T02:43:03+0000
The whole team at Shiner Law Group is very knowledgable and professional. I cannot say enough about how much they help people. I would definitely recommend them.
Margarita De la Cruz
Margarita De la Cruz
2017-02-23T01:29:47+0000
Very knowledgeable Attorneys and case managers! Best Firm in town!!
Marilyn Smiley
Marilyn Smiley
2017-02-23T00:23:53+0000
The Shiner Law Group attorneys are professional and ethical. Great firm!
Blake Bierman
Blake Bierman
2017-02-23T00:20:25+0000
Shiner Law Group has great lawyers and a great staff!! I highly recommend them!
Emmy Danner
Emmy Danner
2017-02-22T17:34:38+0000
Shiner Law Group has the best legal team around! Very personal and professional.
Kristina Lebron
Kristina Lebron
2017-02-22T17:01:36+0000
If you are ever injured in a car accident the attorneys here will definitely take care of you!
Kelsey Miller
Kelsey Miller
2017-02-22T14:07:57+0000
Shiner Law Group is great. Everyone is so friendly and will take care of all of your legal needs!
Helen Hertz Daniel
Helen Hertz Daniel
2016-03-28T02:26:21+0000
The entire staff is a pleasure to work with. Matthew and David were wonderful. It was truly great to work with them and we are so grateful for all that they did!
Ira Sabin
Ira Sabin
2015-10-05T13:54:12+0000
Kristen Wright
Kristen Wright
2015-06-12T16:28:30+0000
Fantastic team of attorneys and staff! I really liked how everyone there knew about each case and were always very helpful when I called....and great end results as well.
Juan Camilo
Juan Camilo
2015-05-13T17:45:34+0000
Best attorney in town, very involved with the community. Office staff is friendly and very professional. Would recommend to anyone looking for a experienced and hard working attorney.
Mike Boutin
Mike Boutin
2015-04-08T00:29:41+0000
Hey Folks, Mike Boutin here from Discovery Channels "Weed Country". I met David Shiner in South Florida, doing seminars with Bobby Tuna. What struck me at first was, these guys had some high quality mints at their table. I know that sounds funny, but come on, in my world lawyers are a necessity but not so popular. Mints aren't enough to win me over. So the mints kind of started this back and forth though and I am glad it did. I found this whole office to be on point, whip smart, concerned for the rights of others, and forward thinking. I enjoyed my time working with them on S. Florida issues and watching them bang it out for their clients. A family firm that cares about family values. David is high energy, highly motivated and a formidable defender of peoples rights. If you hurt someone and their law firm is Shiner Law Group? I feel sorry for you.
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Qaiser Mah
2015-01-08T04:24:06+0000
Sarah Pennachio
Sarah Pennachio
2014-07-24T16:26:35+0000
I would highly recommend Shiner Law Group for legal services. My case was handled in a timely manner and communication among staff was great.
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WilliamN Michelle Saka
2014-07-23T22:05:15+0000
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2014-06-17T03:31:24+0000
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2013-12-10T03:16:37+0000
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Conor Griffith
2013-12-01T01:58:42+0000
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2013-11-19T01:11:53+0000
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2013-11-12T03:44:15+0000
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Frank Maye
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Jennifer Astacio
2013-08-23T00:44:18+0000
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Marc Karbowski
2013-08-09T18:51:31+0000
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Damaris Cohn
2013-08-02T19:05:31+0000
Best Attorney in Boca!
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Andrew Bockstein
2013-07-28T03:07:21+0000
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Bill Brough
2013-07-22T13:29:19+0000
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