Questions relating to the legal aspects of employment contracts.

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Job offer via email, no need for signed contract?

I am in the process of accepting a job offer and instead of sending out a written contract that needs to be signed, everything is done via email. Is this legally sound and normal? In the past I have ...
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Which countries/states allow or prohibit non-compete clauses in agreements? [closed]

Some countries/states allow companies to have a non-compete clause / covenant not to compete in their contract which prohibits employees from joining another company in same field for a period (for ...
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Job Ad says “Give us an idea of your ideal starting salary” [duplicate]

I came across a job ad that says to give them an idea of the salary I wanted through the cover letter. What I was hoping to do was leave out the salary part in the cover letter, then discuss it when ...
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Should you preemptively explain the reason for your short employment in the cover letter?

I will start applying for jobs soon, but my experience will have a recent 3 month long work in a single company (which from what I have learned, is a general bad impression). Should I preemptively ...
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Work involves tasks that require waiting - Am I obliged to juggle tasks to spend my time well?

My job often involves tasks that puts me on hold - running 10 minute commands for searching, or restarting the server, or generally, any tasks that require me to run a single command then wait for it ...
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Short version of name on employment contract

I always go by the name "Joe", even in emails, although it says "Joseph" on my birth certificate/passport, I recently signed an employment contract and later realised they printed my name as "Joe". ...
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Is it possible to go into contracting after only two years of professional experience? [closed]

I am a software/web developer with just over two years of experience. I love what I do but I also would like to work on different projects from time to time. the potential of being able to work on ...
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My employer REFUSES to give me a copy of my signed contract [closed]

I signed an employment contract back in September 2014, after signing it my employer explained that we were not allowed to have copies of our own but we could take a look at it whenever under ...
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Terminate current (fixed-term) contract after signing the next (permanent) one [closed]

I have a fixed-term work contract, which ends in three months. My company has just offered me a permanent one (and a two-year fixed-term, if I prefer to have it). Well, of course I would go for the ...
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Is it normal to be given a higher salary (contract) than originally offered by a recruiter?

I recently accepted a full time w-2 contract position and have been working on-site for less than a month. When I initially received the first call back from my recruiter before my first interview, ...
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Is this “Outside Interests” clause in an employment contract taking it too far?

Seems like it states that even going out at the weekend to volunteer at a soup kitchen needs to be agreed via written consent by the CEO. I understand they want to limit conflicting work interests, ...
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Resigning during probation period: what if the required notice goes “beyond” the probation period? [closed]

My contract states that, during my probation period, I can leave the company with a one week notice. After the probation period, a 3 months notice is required. My probation period ends tomorrow. Can I ...
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Why would a company offer a 12-month contract rather than a fixed position?

I live in a country where fixed positions are the norm (New Zealand). A company has advertised a fixed position, and they want me to come in for an interview. They've also asked if I'd consider a 12 ...
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Negotiating a shorter contract?

I am currently lining up an interview with a large corporation in NYC. I have an interview with a recruiter and a top executive, (who really wants me to work there). I am currently on a ...
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On month five of a six month contract, my consulting agency is forcing me to sign an Arbitration Agreement that was not in my original contract [closed]

Update: I have hired an attorney, but would like to get opinions of folks who have encountered situations like this before to see how they handled it. I am not seeking legal advice. First off, I ...
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Is it OK to go on interviews while working on a contract with another company?

As the question states. I have a month to month contract, which is non-binding in its current state. I can basically leave the job any time I want to, but this requires me actually wanting to try to ...
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Am I entitled to the salary in the job advert [closed]

I have been offered a job but the contract shows a different (lower) salary to the advert for the role. What rights do I have to recieve the advertised salary? If I question it, does the employer ...
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Missing Contract of Employment [closed]

Does anyone know if my employer would have a copy of my employment contract on file? I have an issue with them not paying holiday accrued at the end of the tax year despite them not letting me book ...
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Manager editing timesheets after submission

My manager is editing timesheets after we submit them. He's modifying something that often takes off 30 minutes to 1 hour. Is there any good way to approach this without seeming greedy and/or a ...
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Salary to increase by rate of inflation in a contract?

Is it reasonable to request that a salary increases annually at least by the rate of inflation in a employment contract?
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Notice period in at-will state [closed]

I work in an at-will state (Texas) but my contract says I have to give 1 month notice, and the company has to give 3 months notice. Why would they offer more notice than the law demands? Presumably ...
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Recruiter asking for 5 years worth of references for contract position in the UK

I have been contracting for several years and I have signed a new contract which started last week and should run for 2 months, possibly more if I am lucky. The recruiter I am working with are ...
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Working hours and additional hours in UK [closed]

The contract that came with my job offer says: Hours of Work Your standard working week shall be 37.5 hours, exclusive of meal breaks. Your current operational hours are Monday to Friday, ...
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How to approach the subject of contract changes with management?

I work as a programmer in an IT company. My current contract prohibits me from working for other companies and doing any software development that results in additional income. It does not mention ...
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US employer suggests two 90 day contract periods instead of work VISA. Is this okay? [closed]

I'm a Canadian citizen going to work in the US for 5 months starting in May. My employer said that due to the fact I'm being hired a little late in the game, and the H1B work VISA takes several months ...
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Contracting role versus permanent role? What is the difference? [duplicate]

I hope that I could have your input on a contact job opportunity that I might have in Dublin. This role is a contract role (6 month initial contract with possibility to extend it up to 18 months). It ...
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Taking employees from former employer [closed]

Edit: This is not a question seeking "legal" advice. I don't have a single mention of courts, law, suing or lawyers in my question, besides this edit, which is in response to the question being closed ...
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Trying to trigger a non-compete agreement [closed]

I work for a financial firm and my contract includes a standard non-compete provision (up to 2 years). I've been thinking of quitting anyway and I think they would trigger it if I got a job with a ...
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Giving more than the required notice [closed]

I have one months notice period stated in my contract. If I handed my notice in with a 3 month notice, would they be able to refuse and hold me to a one month notice period?
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Probation Period UK and sacking notice [closed]

Currently working for a Company, had no negative reviews or anything, in fact not had one meeting with my line manager or anyone to give me a performance review. Have assumed that this is a good ...
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Is two years service to get full sick pay excessive in the UK?

I have recently been offered a more senior role by a company new to me in the UK, for which I get a good salary increase, a great pension and much more interesting work. The role is IT/technical and ...
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To what extent does “getting it in writing” matter for at-will employment agreements?

In evaluating job offers for start-ups and for firms that have different forms of compensation (equity, stock options, bonuses, etc.) it is often a thrown around phrase that you should "get it in ...
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Taking my word back regarding switching to permanent, because I don't like contract

Right now I'm working as a Software Engineer contractor, and I offered my client to become permanent, to give him some security that I won't jump ship in a middle of project (current project is ...
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Trouble agreeing on the following basic contract terms

Working with a company as an independent contractor. What would be a relatively bulletproof way of meeting the two following conditions in the agreement? Contractor is free to work onsite or offsite ...
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Benefits / payroll expense as a bargaining chip?

I find that it is too often the case that decision makers of large organizations use the company's expense of providing medical benefits and payroll as a bargaining chip during a negotiation. It goes ...
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Salary negotiation

My contract is ending very soon. The company I was working for likes my work as a developer and is trying to convert me to perm employee. Management asked me what my expected salary is. I gave a high ...
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Contract ending - Should I wait or should I speak up

My contract as an application developer is coming to an end in a week from now. The company has expressed that they really like me and need me and they would like to convert me to a permanent ...
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What is true contracting work [closed]

I've done some freelance work in the past but mainly got it through a friend. I would consider this "true" contracting. I was given the requirements of the project, made an estimate, billed my ...
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How can I make sure verbal promises in a negotiation are kept?

During contract negotiations I discussed benefits with my employer, and they promised to give me: all the tools I need paid travel to conferences of my choosing I want to make sure that these are ...
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Is it worth challenging clauses in a contract?

Take for example the following clause: "You must only use the Company’s property, including but not limited to computers, email, internet, intranet, instant messaging software and fax, for the sole ...
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Working for two companies at the same time

Are there any concerns with working two remote full time tech jobs in the US (one in networking and one in photo sharing)? I understand there might be health concerns, but assuming you are able to ...
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Is overtime pay for contract workers negotiable?

I know that programmers, IT workers, amongst other fields are exempt from receiving overtime pay and simply get paid for every hour worked (regardless of whether it is over 40hrs / week). My question ...
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What kind of activities are allowed if your job contract prohibits any other occupation or business? [closed]

My full-time job contract contains a clause that says my employment with the company is exclusive and I should have no other occupation or business outside of it. I would like to know what exact kind ...
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As an employee of a software company what rights do I have on my creation? [closed]

I am an employee of a small software company, and I was wondering: what rights do I have on the software I develop at the job? Should I license them in any way? (I mean, they have a license for the ...
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Contract includes nothing about resignation

Currently reviewing a offer contract from staffing agency. In the next few days I will have to make a decision and speak to the recruiter of the staffing firm about the offer and ask any questions. ...
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What does Non-circumvention actually mean, in plain English?

A staffing firm offer included a Non-Circumvention paragraph basically including the following: For the period of employment and 12 months after termination, the employee will not engage in the ...
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Benefits not included in the employment contract

I was offered a massive deal with a big (and extremely profitable) company. Besides great pay, they also offer a number of awesome benefits. However, those benefits aren't listed in the employment ...
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As an European citizen, what do I need to get remote work in the US? [closed]

As title says. I don't want to move, just to get a remote position. Do I need any permits? Or just a company that is contracted by the US one?
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Background check through staffing firm prior to recieving offer

I am considering taking on a contract-to-hire position with a staffing firm. I am working with a recruiter, he is working for a reputable staffing company. The company he connected me with is ...
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Negotiating Contract to hire - E-mail confirmation of asking salary

I have recently been working with a technology recruiter (pretty aggressive personality) to help me find a job. He got on the phone telling me about this 'real contract-to-hire opportunity' he doesn't ...