In Florida, a non-compete agreement is a legally enforceable document that Florida businesses use to protect their trade secrets and business practices. Companies do this by having an employee or key personnel sign this written promise that they will not engage in competitive behavior by working for a competitor or procuring similar employment within a certain geographic radius. Although these agreements between an employer and an employee may be legally binding, the state of Flordia prescribes laws that provide regulations and limitations toward the employer and their use of non-compete agreements.
Florida Non-Compete Laws - § 542.335
Florida law generally favors an employer’s need to protect its business practices and trade secrets. Therefore, the law allows employers to take the necessary steps to protect their company’s competitive edge.