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Employment Contracts and Restrictive Covenants: North Carolina

Employment Contracts and Restrictive Covenants requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Jessica Sussman; Christine P. Corrigan, CPC Writing Services


  • In North Carolina, an employer and employee may create a contract of employment for a specified period tailored to the employer's needs and the employee's skill. See Employment Contracts.
  • North Carolina courts enforce restrictive covenants if the terms are reasonable and necessary to protect certain business interests of the employer. See Restrictive Covenants.
  • North Carolina has adopted a Trade Secrets Protection Act and enforces protection of proprietary information. See Trade Secrets.