When asked on November 2, 2010, “Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to make Georgia more economically competitive by authorizing legislation to uphold reasonable competitive agreements,” Georgia voters overwhelmingly answered “Yes.”
By this vote, the Georgia voters approved the Restrictive Covenants Act, a law that will dramatically alter Georgia’s legal landscape regarding non-compete agreements and other restrictive covenants. The Act increases the enforceability of these agreements and allows courts to modify them to the extent reasonably necessary to enforce and protect legitimate business interests. In order to become effective, Georgia residents had to amend the state Constitution — an event that happened three days ago during Georgia’s general election. Although there is a question regarding when the Act actually will become effective, by its own terms, it became effective on November 3, 2010. Below is a summary of some of the key provisions of the new law.