Requirement for statutory declaration

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Requirement for statutory declaration

I worked in administration at a law firm. I got this temporary assignment
through a recruiter. There were no policy guidelines discussed with me either
by recruiter or law firm. I was asked to format a legal document but could not
finish at close of work. I took the document home as it had notes and e-mailed
the document to myself so that I could finish it at home and take it back next
day. I fell ill and could not get to work next day. The law firm had to send a
courier to collect the document.
The recruiter claims that the law firm is asking for a Statutory Declaration or
Affidavit. They have not provided me with a draft of the document.
My questions
Do I have to provide the declaration or can I refuse?

Asked on December 6, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Alaska

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

You can refuse to sign anything that you do not understand or agree with. The law firm can then take the action it deems necessary or appropriate, including suspending or terminating you, or if they think you disclosed confidential information to third parties, possibly filing a legal action against you. Since you do not indicate what the Declaration or Affidavit says, it is impossible to offer an opinion as to what the consequences of signing it may be.


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