Georgia Law on Non-Competes Changes with the Passage of Amendment One

Posted by Neal F. Weinrich on

On November 2, 2010, Georgia voters were asked to vote on Amendment One, a ballot referendum to amend the Georgia Constitution to grant the state legislature greater authority to regulate the reasonableness of contracts containing restrictive covenants, such as non-competes. 

Amendment One passed overwhelmingly, with approximately 67% of voters voting in favor of the referendum.  The passage of Amendment One means that legislation significantly changing Georgia’s law on non-competes, which was previously passed by Georgia’s General Assembly, will go into effect.  As discussed previously on this blog, the new law should make it easier for employers to enforce non-competes and other restrictive covenants against former employees, at least with respect to restrictive covenants in contracts that are signed from this point forward.