Looking to hire? Be careful with non-compete deals


American businesses are starting to hire again. Figures from the Department of Labor show that the unemployment rate dropped to 8.8% in March - down from a peak of 10.6% in January of 2010. As businesses look to hire, many managers will want their new employees to sign non-compete agreements. Such covenants can be beneficial for employers, but only if executed correctly.

Enforceable non-competes

Covenants not to compete are disfavored by the courts because they restrict competition and may deprive employees of their ability to earn a living when they leave an employer. But in South Carolina, non-competes are generally upheld if they are...

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