Does an employee have to re-sign a non-compete/non-disclosure statement if they were previously employed by the company and already have a signed copy on file?

Asked on August 31, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Texas


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

If the company asks you to re-sign the agreement, then yes you must an employer can instruct an employee to do anything which is not itself inherently illegal, and there is nothing inherently illegal about signing--or re-signing--a contract or agreement. If you refuse to re-sign the agreement, not only can you be terminated, but you can be fired "for cause" for insubordiantion, and/or refusing your employer's instructions/directions, which can render you ineligible for unemployment benefits.

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