If you work in a creative, competitive and/or highly specialized industry, you have confidential business information worthy of protecting from your competition. Brewery operations require quite a bit of information (often shared with employees) that should be protected from misuse or misappropriation. This information may include the obvious, such as your unique recipes and brewing process, and other business information such as sales and marketing tools and practices and customer lists.
Eventually, as your brewery or small business grows, you will have employees with access to recipes, processes and methods. These issues should be addressed in employment agreements with non-compete and non-disclosure clauses.
In Florida, a non-compete agreement/covenant must be in writing and signed by the employee. This is most simply accomplished by including it in the employment agreement. The existence of such a provision works to […]