The practice of having employees sign non-competition agreements or “non-competes” has become incredibly common. Such agreements are designed to prevent what the concept of “free agency” in the sports world permits – having a former employee go to work for a competitor. Despite their newfound prevalence however, non-competes in North Carolina are regarded with skepticism by courts, who apply a rigorous analysis to determine whether they are enforceable. Such agreements must be drafted with the utmost care to ensure that if challenged, a court will find them reasonable in scope, time, and geographic area. Accordingly, jumping on the non-compete bandwagon is not a decision that should be taken lightly. You need a licensed attorney to advise you whether using non-competes is even appropriate or necessary for you and if it is, to craft an agreement that a court will uphold. At Garrett, Walker & Aycoth, we understand the intricacies of the law in this area and have the business experience to advise you whether using non-competes is right for you. We also have the drafting experience to shape an agreement that serves your objectives, but is not so far-reaching as to be unenforceable. Questions about non-competes? Call us today at (336) 379-0539 or contact us to schedule an in-depth consultation with our Greensboro Employment Lawyers.