are a business agreement typically between a business entity and an employee, where the employee agrees not to compete against their former employer for a specified period of time in an agreed upon geographic location. Today more than ever, employers have hired valuable employees who are instrumental to their South Carolina corporation
or business. These employes do everything in their power to keep these employees from leaving and taking their skills and knowledge with them. With the current business environment of increased mobility, speed of information and how it can be distributed, decreased loyalty, and the massive amount of capital investment spent by the employer in producing intellectual property, and businesses, both big and small, are increasingly making it a requirement that employees sign restrictive non-compete agreements
in order to discourage employee defection or corporate pirating.
Again, South Carolina law still favors free mobility of employees. However, with an increased number of employers requiring employees to sign these non-compete agreements, there also comes an increased number business client seeking counsel from our Charleston business lawyer to enforce these restrictive covenant. Accordingly, the body of law governing this area of restrictive covenants has been changing.