“It’s Not Just Bathrooms” or “What the Heck Just Happened in North Carolina?”

March 25th, 2016 | Posted in Annexation Law, Employment law, Law for Non-lawyers, Municipal Law

What Happened? News has exploded across North Carolina and the county regarding a broad new law that the North Carolina legislature passed. It occurred in a special session and in less than 12 hours with almost no notice until it was done. The new law is the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, officially titled …Read More

Damages for Non-Compete Clauses

January 11th, 2016 | Posted in Business, Consumer Law, Employment law

I’ve written before about non-compete clauses, particularly for employment contracts. Basically, the law allows for an agreement in an employment contract or contract for the sale of a business to limit that employee or former employee from competing with their former employer. As long as the competition is reasonably restricted as to how long it …Read More

A motion for amotion

May 24th, 2013 | Posted in Employment law, Legal Ethics, Web/Tech

In New Hanover County, local politics has taken an interesting turn since the election of Brian Berger to the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners in 2010. Since that time he had clashed with other members of the Board and been accused of harassing staff and odd behavior. After an incident where he attempted to …Read More

Covenants Not to Compete

April 16th, 2010 | Posted in Employment law | Tagged , ,

Most people in North Carolina are employed as an at-will employee without a contract. Therefore, those people can be fired for nearly any reason, and can likewise quit for any reason (the “two week notice” is a courtesy, not a legal requirement). When employers do commit themselves to an employment contract, one of the clauses …Read More

Can they fire me for that!?!

September 1st, 2008 | Posted in Employment law, Law for Non-lawyers

Happy Labor Day!  In honor of the holiday, I thought I would write briefly about what claims an employee has when he gets fired.  Having a claim for getting illegally fired, or "wrongfully terminated" is difficult in North Carolina as it is a "right to work" state.  The basic concept of all employment in North …Read More