Non-Compete Agreements

Overview

A common issue for employees and employers in today’s workplace is non-compete agreements. Employers often require that employees sign agreements that prohibit them working for a competitor for a period of time after the employee leaves the job, from disclosing confidential information, and from soliciting other employees to work for them. Georgia law has historically made it complicated and difficult to draft such agreements in a manner that is enforceable against employees. Any overly broad provision of a non-compete could render is unenforceable.

Importance of Non-Compete Agreements

On November 2, 2010, a constitutional amendment was approved by Georgia voters, resulting in a dramatic change in the law of non-compete enforcement in Georgia. New legislation is now in effect that permit courts to modify or “blue pencil” overly broad restrictive covenants in the employment context. The new law also provides for a variety of other changes in how such covenants will be interpreted and enforced by the courts.

Representation and Achievements

Hull Barrett attorneys are experienced in drafting and negotiating enforceable non-compete agreement on behalf of employers and advising employees on their rights and obligations under such agreements. Our lawyers are also skilled in litigation and enforcement of non-compete agreements, including obtaining injunctions and restraining orders where necessary to enforce such rights.