Gunster labor and employment litigator Roger Feicht recently wrote on the topic of employment agreements known as noncompetes, for the Jacksonville Business Journal.
In his commentary published Nov. 21, Feicht points out that the restrictive covenants require a “legitimate business interest” to be enforceable. And that a recent opinion by the Florida Supreme Court found that home-health-care industry referral sources qualified as a legitimate business interest due to the nature of relationships in the industry, and that they could offer another business an unfair competitive advantage.
Feicht found the following portions of the ruling particularly significant:
- the court’s definition of “legitimate business interest”
- the court’s finding that its determination is dependent on industry and context
Read Feicht’s article: Viewpoint: Noncompete ruling sets path for Florida businesses (Jacksonville Business Journal, 11/21/17)
Want to know more about noncompetes? Other Gunster attorneys have written on the topic of noncompetes:
- Can noncompete agreements include referral sources? ‘It depends,’ says Florida Supreme Court (Gunster blog, 9/26/17)
- Video: Will a noncompete agreement protect your business assets? (Gunster video, 10/23/17)
- Business contracts should avoid vague language, unenforceable provisions (Gunster news, 8/4/17)
- Employer-employee agreements: A primer (Gunster news, 6/2/16)