After you are hired, your employer will likely provide you with a number of documents. Make sure you carefully read and understand the documents you have been given. There may even be some documents that you are asked to sign. Before signing anything, make sure you understand it. Never sign anything you don’t understand. An example of some documents you may receive are the employee handbook, an explanation of employee benefits, and various documents required by the state and federal governments.
Among the government-required documents are forms that verify that you may legally work in the United States, which will include the requirement for you to provide photo identification. Also, you will need to fill out the appropriate tax documentation, which will likely include a form referred to as a W-4. The W-4 has a number of implications including how much money is withheld from your paycheck, based on how many potential exemptions you are claiming from taxes.
There are also some documents that you should be especially aware of before signing and it may even make sense for you to have an attorney review them. These documents include non-disclosure agreements, non-compete agreements, arbitration agreements, non-solicitation agreements, and independent contractor agreements. It is extremely important that you take the time to understand these documents and the implications of signing them BEFORE you sign. Remember, once you sign a document you likely will be bound by it, even if you didn’t fully understand it. Some documents even create obligations on your future work conduct after you leave your current employer.
The bottom line is that entering the workforce can be an exciting life event, but one that comes with added responsibility. Congratulations and good luck!
By Jacob Allen