“Must an employee be paid to sign a non-compete?”

Sklover Working Wisdom

Question: Is it true that a non-compete agreement can only be enforced when the employee signing it is compensated for giving up their rights? I worked for a company as a 1099 independent contractor for several years. Then I was brought on as a W-2 employee, and the compensation remained the same. When I became a W-2 employee, I was required to sign a new and detailed non-compete agreement, but not compensated extra for signing it.

Share Your Passion – Be an About.com Guide

Telecommuting Journal

If you’re looking for legitimate work at home jobs you might keep running across writing gigs that note “$675/mo base” as the compensation. An independent contractor, or freelancer, isn’t employed by the company directly so for tax purposes you’ll be getting a 1099, not a W-2. Topic Guides go through a pretty extensive evaluation process as well, but there is no cap on possible compensation.

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