Matawan, NJ asked in Contracts and Employment Law for New Jersey

Q: Do I still have to pay back a signing bonus if the clause does not specially say I need to?

The clause says “In appreciation of your full time

employment, a $10,000 bonus will be paid, with the understanding and agreement that you will work at [business name] for a year. A 1099 will be issued against this payment.” There is no language specifying repayment and I was a W2 employee at the time so I’m not sure why they’re issuing a 1099?

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A: You should have your full agreement reviewed by a New Jersey contract attorney to determine your rights and obligations under the agreement. There may be other portions of your agreement that alter or change the terms of the clause you listed, so a review that is limited to a specific clause in an agreement will not always be accurate.

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