Finally, some academic studies revealed: For example, researchers Sampsa Samila and Olav Sorenson, in a 2011 study, examined data for nine years and found that venture capital had a greater positive impact on the number of patents and start-ups authorized in states with lower enforcement agreements. Another scientific study that has studied industry spinouts — companies started by workers from the same branch of the company they leave — found that, in some cases, strict enforcement of non-competition rules can help mask weaker start-ups. While the study showed that states that strictly enforced competition contracts had fewer spinouts, the companies that were created were generally larger and had better survival rates than other types of new start-ups.40 Non-competition prohibitions, often included in an employment contract, require a worker not to be employed by a competing company or to create a competing company when he leaves the company. These agreements often last over a specified period of time and involve a certain geography. If your former employee has breached a non-compete agreement, you may have several possible remedies. Despite the obvious disadvantages for workers, one-third of non-competition contracts are signed after a worker has accepted the job offer. In addition, only one in ten workers said they were negotiating the terms of the non-compete ban.31 Florida`s Non-Competition Agreements Act states that all non-competition prohibitions are “proportionate over time, on the surface and economically.” The Florida Supreme Court emphasized the adequacy of the statute and recognized the discretion of the courts to apply the status in each specific situation. Previously, many proponents of strong competition in the labour market believed that an implementation ban would achieve the same objective as an absolute ban on these agreements, as it seemed unlikely that companies would ask employees to sign an unenforceable document.52 Investigations showed that this was not the case. Workers in states where non-compete obligations are not applicable are required to sign these agreements at rates similar to those of workers in other states.