On the first day of work, employees are typically asked to read -- and sign -- a stack of forms, from emergency contact and beneficiary information to benefits paperwork, tax forms, immigration forms, and more. Many employers also ask new employees to sign contracts that give up important rights, such as an at-will agreement, arbitration agreement, or noncompete contract. The articles below explain what you're likely to find in your pile of first-day paperwork.
First-Day Paperwork for New Employees: Understand What You're Signing
New employees may have to sign a number of documents before starting work.
An employment contract may be written, oral, or implied.
Documentation Required to Work in the United States
Employees must produce proof of identity and work authorization within a few days of starting a new job.
Signing an Arbitration Agreement With Your Employer
Employers are increasingly asking workers to give up their rights through arbitration agreements, so be careful what you sign.
Understanding Noncompete Agreements
Can your employer require you to agree not to work for a competitor?
Understanding Nonsolicitation Agreements
Can employers prohibit employees from soliciting coworkers and customers to a new employer?
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Must I sign my employer's noncompete agreement?
Is there anything I can do to make it less onerous, or do I have to sign whatever my employer hands me?
My employer uses E-Verify: Should I be worried?
What do I need to do or know about this?
Why does my employer want me to sign an arbitration agreement?
An arbitration agreement waives your right to sue your employer in court.
Can my employer prohibit me from hiring away coworkers if I leave?
California law prohibits noncompete agreements and some forms of nonsolicitation agreements.
Should You Sign an Inventions Assignment Agreement?
In many states, employers may require employees to transfer ownerhship of works created during the employment relationship.
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