Rewritten contract backdating
Or could doing so (backdating such a document) be considered fraud, forgery, or anything illegal, or even for some reason ethically or morally wrong?It seems to me that it might be legal (assuming that I as the employee were willing to sign it) because as an employee I'd assume that some NDA was in place even if haven't signed one (so it's as if the agreement or meeting of minds was in place even before it was documented).
There are two classification of dealer fraud: 1) Non-disclosure and 2) Affirmative Misrepresentation.The contract date is usually written onto the front cover and the first page of the contract (although there is no legal requirement to do so).Generally this is the date that the last party signed the contract.Contracts can also, confusingly, contain defined dates such as ‘commencement date’, ‘effective date’ or ‘start date’.These dates indicate when the contract or parts of it are due to have legal effect, if these dates are different to the contract and/or signature dates.A common example includes the rolling back of an odometer by the dealer.
This all-too common sales tactic is basically a form of deceptive or false advertising in which a customer is lured into the dealership by an attractive price for a vehicle or a promised trade-in value.
This date is usually the date which both parties consider to be the date the contract was made and became effective, unless there is a different defined ‘Effective Date’ or ‘Commencement Date’.
If there is a date at the beginning of the contract which is not the date of the last signature this can lead to confusion or be of no effect in interpreting when the contract actually began.
This avoids confusion and ambiguity that could call the enforceability of the contract into question. For example, every other project you worked on was confidential, for the office policy is to keep unreleased projects confidential. to the extent that it doesn't involve criminality but may render the agreement unenforceable.
Some of the issues that arise when back-dating a NDA are: @Chris W, Yes, that would be an example, but the more detailed the better. It would clearly be fine if the document simply formalised a NDA that the parties agree had been in force as a verbal agreement all along.
It seems simple, but which date to write on a contract, and how to interpret the dates often raises some fiddly.