Q. Can I ask employees who are already with the company to execute noncompete agreements? —L.T., Georgia
A. Yes. So-called “noncompetes” are agreements that prohibit employees from directly competing with their employer for a certain period of time in a certain geographic region after they leave the company. Many states, including Georgia, say that continued employment alone is enough compensation for signing a noncompete agreement after the employment relationship has already begun.
It is advisable, however, to offer some compensation in the form of increased salary, a lump sum payment or increased benefits to make sure the agreement is binding.