Unfortunately, Bob, it is much too common. My own son was handed such a
form to work for a temporary agency that contracts with a major employer
in our area. Those "temporary" contracts lasted 23 months, and he had
worked for them before, had just had his "rest" of 60 days before starting
the new contract. That release of liability (in 1997) gave them immunity
from literally anything they might say about him or his work, regardless
of whether it had any factual basis, or any basis for that matter. My
first question was why did he need to sign anything; he had been employed
by them for nearly two years just 7 weeks before. A criminal check for
everyone I can see, but not the invasion of bank records, tax returns,
interviews with individuals, etc.
People are not aware of the extent of this because most do *not* fully
read what they are signing, and, often when they do read it, do not
comprehend what it says and can mean.
BTW, congrats on reading *and* understanding!
You're about 180 out of phase with that. Phonics is coming back in after a
desperate last-ditch effort by the whole-hearted whole-language
whole-learning types, precisely because it did not teach reading.
Of course, as is obvious from the postings here, comprehension is a personal
thing - like truth. The words are still words, however.
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