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Noncompete agreements: No-poach clauses may limit opportunities

Many individuals in Florida and elsewhere have reached a point in life where a change in employment is necessary. However, in some cases, a person's ability to obtain employment within a similar field may be restricted by the contract he or she signed with the current employer. Noncompete agreements can impact individuals within a variety of fields, and in some cases, a person might even be unaware of the presence of such an agreement.

Upon accepting a position within a company, a person might be asked to sign a noncompete agreement that could prevent him or her from leaving to work for a competitor for a given period of time. However, a recent study found that several fast food chains have implemented agreements that provide similar restrictions in the form of no-poach clauses. Those who enter such an arrangement agree to avoid offering positions to employees of rival chains.

In some cases, a similar arrangement could prohibit a person from pursuing a position that either provides an increase in salary or a more favorable work schedule. Another issues with such an agreement could pertain to the fact that an employee could be unaware of its existence. Being denied an opportunity to advance one's career for unjust reasons can be devastating, but those who encounter a similar situation may also be unaware how best to handle the situation.

Noncompete agreements can be complex, and knowing how to approach contract disputes can be a challenging process. Those who encounter such disputes may wish to protect their legal rights, and they could choose to speak with an experienced attorney for assistance in the process. An attorney can evaluate the circumstances a client in Florida is facing and assist him or her in pursuing the most favorable outcome possible through the necessary channels.

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