My question involves independent contractors in the state of: Florida
My brother and a friend have worked together successfully for years. Work's been slow lately, so they're taking whatever they can get at the moment. They do painting and light residential remodeling work. They have found a real estate agent/broker that has some work, but the agent wants the one with the contractor's license to sign an agreement (in front of a notary) saying that they will not hire or have any friends working for them, which basically puts the other person out of a job (at least with these jobs). Is this even legal? I've never heard of anybody being able to dictate who a subcontractor can hire to work for them.