My contract has arrived, and questionnaire-filling-time has arrived. This raises a couple of questions not directly related to New Jersey, but not worth starting their own thread for.
1) Here's a question that's apparently related to what kinds of work I'm able to perform: "Have you ever been bonded?" What does "bonded" mean in this context? Is my company hiring me to explore the darker facets of sex together?
2) One box I'm supposed to check as a condition for employment is that I agree to take a drug test "no later than three work days after entering the United States". They don't specify who will administer the test and where. So where do employees in the US usually go for drug tests?
Bonded here used to mean that you took some benefit (like free education) and in return you agreed to work for the people who gave you the benefit for a certain number of years.
Eg...when I was in school, teachers were in short supply, so the education Dept. offered free Teacher's College (and sometimes University) to people, in return for working for the department (usually in the country) for a given number of years.
If you left before the years were up, you had to pay back a percentage of the cost (the bond) of your education, depending how many years of the agreed time you had already worked.
If you did that, it was called "breaking the bond".
I am wondering if they want to know if you have ever broken such an agreement?