Confidentiality, Non-competition, and Non-solicitation Agreement Template - American Arbitration Association - Georgia

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The information provided in this sample Confidentiality, Non-Competition, and Non-Solicitation Agreement is
intended for illustrative purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice generally or for application to any
specific factual or legal circumstance. This sample agreement should be tailored to each party’s specific needs and
therefore a lawyer should be consulted. As the law may be different in each legal jurisdiction and may be
interpreted or applied differently depending on your location or circumstance, the information in or use of this
sample document is not a substitute for the advice of a lawyer.
CONFIDENTIALITY, NON-COMPETITION,
AND NON-SOLICITATION AGREEMENT
This Confidentiality, Non-Competition, and Non-Solicitation Agreement (“Agreement”)
is made between _____________________ (the “Employee” or “you”)___________________
and______________________________, a Georgia Corporation, (“___________”), along with
its subsidiaries, parents, joint ventures, affiliated entities, and includes its successors and assigns
or any such related entities (the “Company”). In consideration defined in Section 1 below, both
parties agree as follows:
1.
Consideration. In consideration of the Employee’s execution of this Agreement, you shall
hold the position of “_____________________________” as an at-will employee of
__________________________________ and shall receive future wages and employment
benefits, payment of which during the period of your employment is a condition of this
Agreement. You acknowledge the receipt and sufficiency of this consideration.
2.
Restrictive Covenants.
a.
Definitions:
(1)
“Business of the Company” means the highly competitive business of
developing, manufacturing, marketing, distributing, and/or selling ________________________
_______________________________________________________________________.
(2)
“Competitive Business(es)” include any firm, partnership, joint venture,
corporation and/or any other entity and/or person,___________________________________
________ and/or any licensee of such entity, that develops, manufactures, markets, distributes,
and/or sells any of the products described in Section 2.a.(1).
(3)
Your “Job Duties” are those duties described in Exhibit A, attached
hereto, as well as those duties as may from time-to-time reasonably be prescribed by the
Company during the period of your employment with the Company.
(4)
“Customers” means any firm, partnership, corporation and/or any other
entity and/or person that purchased or purchases from the Company any of the products
described in Section 2.a.(1).
(5)
“Customer Prospects” means any firm, partnership, corporation and/or any
other entity and/or person reasonably expected by the Company to purchase from the Company
any of the products described in Section 2.a.(1).
(6)
“Vendors” means any individual and/or entity that provides goods and
services to the Company.
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The information provided in this sample Confidentiality, Non-Competition, and Non-Solicitation Agreement is
intended for illustrative purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice generally or for application to any
specific factual or legal circumstance. This sample agreement should be tailored to each party’s specific needs and
therefore a lawyer should be consulted. As the law may be different in each legal jurisdiction and may be
interpreted or applied differently depending on your location or circumstance, the information in or use of this
sample document is not a substitute for the advice of a lawyer.
CONFIDENTIALITY, NON-COMPETITION,
AND NON-SOLICITATION AGREEMENT
This Confidentiality, Non-Competition, and Non-Solicitation Agreement (“Agreement”)
is made between _____________________ (the “Employee” or “you”)___________________
and______________________________, a Georgia Corporation, (“___________”), along with
its subsidiaries, parents, joint ventures, affiliated entities, and includes its successors and assigns
or any such related entities (the “Company”). In consideration defined in Section 1 below, both
parties agree as follows:
1.
Consideration. In consideration of the Employee’s execution of this Agreement, you shall
hold the position of “_____________________________” as an at-will employee of
__________________________________ and shall receive future wages and employment
benefits, payment of which during the period of your employment is a condition of this
Agreement. You acknowledge the receipt and sufficiency of this consideration.
2.
Restrictive Covenants.
a.
Definitions:
(1)
“Business of the Company” means the highly competitive business of
developing, manufacturing, marketing, distributing, and/or selling ________________________
_______________________________________________________________________.
(2)
“Competitive Business(es)” include any firm, partnership, joint venture,
corporation and/or any other entity and/or person,___________________________________
________ and/or any licensee of such entity, that develops, manufactures, markets, distributes,
and/or sells any of the products described in Section 2.a.(1).
(3)
Your “Job Duties” are those duties described in Exhibit A, attached
hereto, as well as those duties as may from time-to-time reasonably be prescribed by the
Company during the period of your employment with the Company.
(4)
“Customers” means any firm, partnership, corporation and/or any other
entity and/or person that purchased or purchases from the Company any of the products
described in Section 2.a.(1).
(5)
“Customer Prospects” means any firm, partnership, corporation and/or any
other entity and/or person reasonably expected by the Company to purchase from the Company
any of the products described in Section 2.a.(1).
(6)
“Vendors” means any individual and/or entity that provides goods and
services to the Company.
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The information provided in this sample Confidentiality, Non-Competition, and Non-Solicitation Agreement is
intended for illustrative purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice generally or for application to any
specific factual or legal circumstance. This sample agreement should be tailored to each party’s specific needs and
therefore a lawyer should be consulted. As the law may be different in each legal jurisdiction and may be
interpreted or applied differently depending on your location or circumstance, the information in or use of this
sample document is not a substitute for the advice of a lawyer.
(7)
“Material Contact” means personal contact or the supervision of the
efforts of those who have direct personal contact with Customers, Customer Prospects, or
Vendors in an effort to initiate or further a business relationship between the Company and such
Customers, Customer Prospects, or Vendors.
(8)
“Confidential Information” means information about the Company and its
Customers, Customer Prospects, and/or Vendors that is not generally known outside of the
Company, which you will learn of in connection with your employment with the Company.
Confidential Information may include, without limitation: (1) the terms of this Agreement,
except as necessary to inform a subsequent employer of the restrictive covenants contained
herein and/or your attorney, spouse, or professional tax advisor only on the condition that any
subsequent disclosure by any such person shall be considered a disclosure by you and a violation
of this Agreement; (2) the Company’s business policies, finances, and business plans; (3) the
Company’s financial projections, including but not limited to, annual sales forecasts and targets
and any computation(s) of the market share of Customers and/or Customer Prospects; (4) sales
information relating to the Company’s product roll-outs; (5) customized software, marketing
tools, and/or supplies that you will be provided access to by the Company and/or will create; (6)
the identity of the Company’s Customers, Customer Prospects, and/or Vendors (including
names, addresses, and telephone numbers of Customers, Customer Prospects, and/or Vendors);
(7) any list(s) of the Company’s Customers, Customer Prospects, and/or Vendors; (8) the
account terms and pricing upon which the Company obtains products and services from its
Vendors; (9) the account terms and pricing of sales contracts between the Company and its
Customers; (10) the proposed account terms and pricing of sales contracts between the Company
and its Customer Prospects; (11) the names and addresses of the Company’s employees and
other business contacts of the Company; and (12) the techniques, methods, and strategies by
which the Company develops, manufactures, markets, distributes, and/or sells any of the
products described in Section 2.a.(1).
(9)
“Territory” means the area defined in Exhibit A.
(10)
“Trade Secrets” means Confidential Information which meets the
additional requirements of the Georgia Trade Secrets Act (“GTSA”), O.C.G.A. §§ 10-1-760 to
767, and/or under any other applicable law.
(11)
“Proprietary Rights” means any and all inventions, discoveries,
developments, methods, processes, compositions, works, supplier and customer lists (including
information relating to the generation and updating thereof), concepts, and ideas (whether or not
patentable or copyrightable) conceived, made, developed, created, or reduced to practice by you
(whether at the request or suggestion of the Company or otherwise, whether alone or in
conjunction with others, and whether during regular hours of work or otherwise) during your
employment, which may be directly or indirectly useful in, or related to, the Business of the
Company or any business or products contemplated by the Company while you are an employee,
officer, or director of the Company.
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The information provided in this sample Confidentiality, Non-Competition, and Non-Solicitation Agreement is
intended for illustrative purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice generally or for application to any
specific factual or legal circumstance. This sample agreement should be tailored to each party’s specific needs and
therefore a lawyer should be consulted. As the law may be different in each legal jurisdiction and may be
interpreted or applied differently depending on your location or circumstance, the information in or use of this
sample document is not a substitute for the advice of a lawyer.
b.
You agree that your work for the Company will bring you into close contact with
many of the Company’s Customers, Customer Prospects, Vendors, Trade Secrets, and
Confidential information. You further agree that the covenants in this Section 2 are reasonable
and necessary to protect the Company’s legitimate business interests and its Customer, Customer
Prospect, and/or Vendor relationships, Trade Secrets, and Confidential Information.
c.
You agree to faithfully perform the duties assigned to you and will not engage in
any other employment or business activity while employed by the Company that might interfere
with your full-time performance of your duties for the Company or cause a conflict of interest.
You agree to abide by all of the Company’s policies and procedures, which may be amended
from time-to-time.
d.
You further agree that, due to your position, your engaging in any activity that
may breach this Agreement will cause the Company great, immediate, and irreparable harm.
e.
Duty of Confidentiality. You agree that during your employment with the
Company and for a period of five (5) years following the termination of such employment for
any reason, you shall not directly or indirectly divulge or make use of any Confidential
Information outside of your employment with the Company (so long as the information remains
confidential) without the prior written consent of the Company. You shall not directly or
indirectly misappropriate, divulge, or make use of Trade Secrets for an indefinite period of time,
so long as the information remains a Trade Secret as defined by the GTSA and/or any other
applicable law. You further agree that if you are questioned about information subject to this
agreement by anyone not authorized to receive such information, you will notify the Company
within 24 hours. You acknowledge that applicable law may impose longer duties of non-
disclosure, especially for Trade Secrets, and that such longer periods are not shortened by this
Agreement.
f.
Return of Confidential Information And Company Property. You agree to return
all Confidential Information and/or Trade Secrets within three (3) calendar days following the
termination of your employment for any reason. To the extent you maintain Confidential
Information and/or Trade Secrets in electronic form on any computers or other electronic devices
owned by you, you agree to irretrievably delete all such information and to confirm the fact of
deletion in writing within three (3) calendar days following termination of employment with the
Company for any reason. You also agree to return all property in your possession at the time of
the termination of the employment with the Company, including but not limited to all
documents, records, tapes, and other media of every kind and description relating to the Business
of the Company and its Customers, Customer Prospects, and/or Vendors, and any copies, in
whole or in part, whether or not prepared by you, all of which shall remain the sole and exclusive
property of the Company.
g.
Proprietary Rights. Proprietary Rights shall be promptly and fully disclosed by
you to the Company’s General Counsel and shall be the exclusive property of the Company as
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The information provided in this sample Confidentiality, Non-Competition, and Non-Solicitation Agreement is
intended for illustrative purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice generally or for application to any
specific factual or legal circumstance. This sample agreement should be tailored to each party’s specific needs and
therefore a lawyer should be consulted. As the law may be different in each legal jurisdiction and may be
interpreted or applied differently depending on your location or circumstance, the information in or use of this
sample document is not a substitute for the advice of a lawyer.
against you and your successors, heirs, devisees, legatees and assigns. You hereby assign to the
Company your entire right, title, and interest therein and shall promptly deliver to the Company
all papers, drawings, models, data, and other material relating to any of the foregoing Proprietary
Rights conceived, made, developed, created or reduced to practice by you as aforesaid. All
copyrightable Proprietary Rights shall be considered “works made for hire.” You shall, upon the
Company’s request and at its expense, execute any documents necessary or advisable in the
opinion of the Company’s counsel to assign, and confirm the Company’s title in the foregoing
Proprietary Rights and to direct issuance of patents or copyrights to the Company with respect to
such Proprietary Rights as are the Company’s exclusive property as against you and your
successors, heirs, devisees, legatees and assigns under this Section 2.g. or to vest in the Company
title to such Proprietary Rights as against you and your successors, heirs, devisees, legatees and
assigns, the expense of securing any such patent or copyright, however, to be borne by the
Company.
h.
Non-Competition. You covenant and agree that, during the term of your
employment with the Company and for twelve (12) months after the termination thereof,
regardless of the reason for the employment termination, you will not, directly or indirectly,
anywhere in the Territory, on behalf of any Competitive Business perform the same or
substantially the same Job Duties.
i.
Non-Solicitation of Customers, Customer Prospects, and Vendors. You also
covenant and agree that during the term of your employment with the Company and for twelve
(12) months after the termination thereof, regardless of the reason for the employment
termination, you will not, directly or indirectly, solicit or attempt to solicit any business from any
of the Company’s Customers, Customer Prospects, or Vendors with whom you had Material
Contact during the last two (2) years of your employment with the Company.
j.
Non-Solicitation of Employees. You also covenant and agree that during the term
of your employment with the Company and for twelve (12) months after the termination thereof,
regardless of the reason for the employment termination, you will not, directly or indirectly, on
your own behalf or on behalf of or in conjunction with any person or legal entity, recruit, solicit,
or induce, or attempt to recruit, solicit, or induce, any non-clerical employee of the Company
with whom you had personal contact or supervised while performing your Job Duties, to
terminate their employment relationship with the Company.
3.
At-Will Status. You acknowledge and agree that nothing in this Agreement is a
guarantee or assurance of employment for any specific period of time. Rather, you understand
that you are an at-will employee and that the Company may terminate your employment at any
time for any reason. You are similarly free to resign at any time for any reason.
4.
Governing Law and Remedies. In addition to any other remedies at law or in equity it
may have, each party shall be entitled to seek equitable relief, including injunctive relief and
specific performance, in connection with a breach of the provisions of this Agreement. The
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The information provided in this sample Confidentiality, Non-Competition, and Non-Solicitation Agreement is
intended for illustrative purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice generally or for application to any
specific factual or legal circumstance. This sample agreement should be tailored to each party’s specific needs and
therefore a lawyer should be consulted. As the law may be different in each legal jurisdiction and may be
interpreted or applied differently depending on your location or circumstance, the information in or use of this
sample document is not a substitute for the advice of a lawyer.
parties acknowledge and agree that they are bound by their arbitration obligations under Exhibit
B attached hereto, which the parties also hereby agree to execute contemporaneously and is an
integral part of this Agreement. The parties agree and acknowledge that all provisions of this
Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of
Georgia exclusively and without reference to principles of conflict of laws. The Federal
Arbitration Act (“FAA”) will supersede state laws to the extent inconsistent. The Arbitrator(s)
shall have no authority to apply the law of any other jurisdiction.
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Your initials to acknowledge agreement to Governing Law and Remedies
provision in Section 4.
5.
Construction of Agreement. The covenants contained herein shall be presumed to be
enforceable, and any reading causing unenforceability shall yield to a construction permitting
enforcement. If any single covenant or clause shall be found unenforceable, it shall be severed
and the remaining covenants and clauses enforced in accordance with the tenor of the
Agreement. In the event the Arbitrator(s) should determine not to enforce a covenant as written
due to overbreadth, the parties specifically agree that said covenant shall be modified and
enforced to the extent reasonable, whether said modifications are in time, territory, or scope of
prohibited activities.
6.
Entire Agreement. This Agreement, which includes Exhibits A and B, represents the
entire understanding between the Company, ______________, and you on the matters addressed
herein and may not be modified, changed or altered by any promise or statement by the
Company ________________ other than in writing signed by you and an authorized
representative of Company __________________. The waiver by the Company
_______________ of a breach of any provision of this Agreement by any employee shall not be
construed as a waiver of rights with respect to any subsequent breach by you.
You acknowledge that you have carefully read and understand the provisions of this
Agreement, and understand that you have the right to seek independent advice at your
expense or to propose modifications prior to signing the Agreement and have negotiated
proposed modifications to the extent you deemed necessary. Nothing contained in this
Agreement creates a contractual right to a continued employment for a definite term. You
represent and warrant that you have entered into this Agreement voluntarily and after
consulting with whomsoever you wished.
Executed this ___________day of _________________________, 2006.
(day)
(month)
__________________________________
By: __________________________________
EMPLOYEE
_____________________________________
(Print Name) ______________________
Social Security #: __________________
Title: _________________________________
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