| Read Time: 3 minutes | Business Law
non-compete agreements texas

When you start a new job or leave an old one, you may be presented with a non-compete agreement. What are non-compete agreements?

Non-compete agreements are contracts between employers and employees that restrict an employee’s ability to work for a competitor or start a competing business for a certain period of time after leaving their current job.

In Texas, non-compete agreements are enforceable, but they must meet certain criteria to be valid.

The Austin business lawyers at Massingill will explain some common non-compete terminology and help break down the basics of non-compete agreements in Texas.

If you have questions, please contact us today online or call 512-410-0343.

What Are Non-Compete Agreements?

The purpose of a non-compete agreement is to protect an employer’s legitimate business interests, like trade secrets, confidential information, and customer relationships.

The Texas Business and Commerce Code states that non-compete agreements are enforceable if they are:

  • Part of or connected to an otherwise enforceable agreement like an employment agreement; 
  • Reasonable in scope, time, and geographic area; and
  • Do not impose restraints greater than necessary to protect the employer’s interests.

Non-compete agreements typically include provisions that restrict an employee’s ability to work in a specific industry or geographic area for a certain period of time after leaving their current employer.

These agreements may also restrict an employee from soliciting the employer’s clients or customers for a certain period of time.

Are you ready to make things simple? Book a consultation with Massingill Law now.

How Long Do Non-Compete Agreements Last in Texas?

Texas law has no specific time limit for non-compete agreements, but courts have generally found that agreements lasting more than two years are presumptively unreasonable.

However, the reasonableness of the duration of a non-compete agreement will depend on the specific circumstances of the case.

For instance, a court might find a short non-compete agreement unreasonable if it is overly broad in scope or geographic area.

Conversely, longer-duration agreements may be reasonable if narrowly tailored and necessary to protect the employer’s legitimate business interests.

When Are Non-Compete Agreements Enforceable?

Overall, non-compete agreements can be enforceable in Texas, but they must be reasonable and designed to protect the employer’s legitimate business interests. 

It’s also worth noting that certain professions are exempt from the Texas non-compete law, including physicians and attorneys.

In addition to non-compete agreements, Texas recognizes non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements.

Non-solicitation agreements restrict employees from soliciting the employer’s clients or customers for a certain period of time after leaving the company.

Confidentiality agreements prohibit employees from disclosing the employer’s trade secrets or confidential information.

How Common Are Non-Compete Agreements in Texas?

Non-compete agreements are common in Texas, particularly in certain industries like technology.

According to a survey by the Economic Policy Institute, approximately 28% of private-sector workers in Texas are subject to such agreements.

This is slightly higher than the national average, which is around 18%.

Call or fill out the form to schedule a free consultation with our business lawyers. Call Now

How Massingill Can Help You Understand Your Non-Compete

Understanding the steps involved, costs, and timeframe to either agree to or challenge a non-compete can help you make informed decisions about your future.

At Massingill, we are devoted to taking care of your professional and business legal needs.

Our dedicated business lawyers have helped entrepreneurs and established companies across Texas attract and retain the talent necessary to thrive. Contact us online or call 512-410-0343 today.

Where You Can Find Our Austin, TX Office

Author Photo

Joshua Massingill

Joshua Massingill is an attorney practicing in Austin, Texas. He serves on the Texas State Bar’s Law Practice Management Committee, the Leander Educational Excellence Foundation (LEEF) Board of Directors, and the Success-Werx Board of Advisors. He mentors young entrepreneurs in Leander ISD’s INCubatorEDU program and is active in his church.

Rate this Post

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars
1 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5