Questions relating to the legal aspects of employment contracts.

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Proposal used a request for bid

OK, shame on me twice. My expertise is in a narrow field that found me rather than I found it. But it pays the bills. In my field I deal with large complex systems. Not once, but twice, an (ex) ...
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Salary Negotations

I am fairly new to the concept of yearly wages verse a hourly rate. Or when it is appropriate to ask for more money. Here is my situation. I was working at a startup company for a year making less ...
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What am I supposed to do with blanks before each contract paragraph?

I received an internship contract formatted in a way I have never seen before, and I wonder how am I supposed to sign it. There is a special place at the end for my signature, but strangely each ...
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In California, can a contractor get time and a half for overtime if it's in his contract? [closed]

California passed this law making overtime pay exempt for certain employees. If I were an employee, I would be exempt. But, I am about to work as a contractor for a company and I would like to ...
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Is possible company will let go background check

I have been employed by my company for 5 months now as a developer and they have a client that asked to have every employee with access to customer data checked with a background check. They are ...
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Can I use anything developed at my current employer in my portfolio? [closed]

My understanding is that the work product I develop while employed is the property of my employer. That said, can I put any of that product in a portfolio for prospective employers? If so, what are ...
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Jumping ship at the end of a contract? [closed]

Possibly related to How is "abandoning the ship" perceived? I have taken over a lead role on a troubled project 3/4 of the way through the expected development period. I always enjoy a ...
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Asking for Confirmation of my Upcoming Job Offer

I am currently working a student co-op position at a company. It's like an internship, except I take time off of school to work full-time for the company. This is intended to be three semesters of ...
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Looking for a new job while under contract [duplicate]

Here's my situation: I've worked at the same place for over three years. I was working overnights part-time until I was promoted to a full-time position two months ago, doing something different than ...
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Can boss introduce company handbook and make employees sign? [closed]

I have a contract with the company i work for and have been with them five years. Recently the boss wrote a company handbook, many of the points in it I have to disagree with - they also contradict my ...
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State in the contract that software developer delivers only binary code not source code? [closed]

Is it resulting by the assumtion I was hired by a company as software developer then I have to give source code to the payer? As a software developer once I had the impression that partner company ...
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Recruiting company misrepresented position. Recourse? [closed]

Recruiting firm A submitted me for a position with a company. I was offered and accepted a position with that company, turning down an offer with a separate company that was given the same day. The ...
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Severance package agreement changed midway through process [closed]

Hi everyone I find myself in an interesting position and would appreciate any help. The basics are that I am being laid off and offered a severance package. The difficulty is that in July I was ...
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What letters should I get from my employer to show my contract job experience?

I do a lot of contract work. What letters should I get from my clients, other than MoU and invoice, which would serve me as proof of my experience for future jobs?
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Different Resumes versions on the Web (one is “fake”)

I'll start by saying I have a computer science degree, and my first job I got was with a consulting firm who offered to train me in the relevant technologies (under contract). I signed the 16 month ...
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When looking for a new job how can I market my skills if subject to a strict confidentiality clause?

I work in software development, but I have a PhD and my work has a small research element to it. I have signed a confidentiality clause saying I won't reveal confidential information without the ...
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I want to Buy-out my notice period as per contract.

I want to resign with only one week notice period. My employment contract says that you have to give either one month notice or "payment in lieu thereof". I am willing to pay for my notice period. My ...
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Verbally accepted commencement date

I told a company that gave me an offer that i could start at the specified commencement date but nothing was put in writing, no contracts signed (Being a contract role - they asked for payroll company ...
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How do raises work for extended contracts? [closed]

Background : I am working as a contractual, and the recruitment firm assigned me this job and I accepted. My contract ends soon, and the recruitment firm informed me that I was offered a contract ...
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Why would a company increase the salary so easily without any opposition during negotiations? [closed]

Suppose a contract job advertises a salary range between $60,000-$75,000 per year. Note that the job is "at will", meaning that the company can let go an employee for no reason. Suppose the company ...
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Renewing contract/employment, when should you ask for a raise

I'm currently working as a programming and developement coop student for a large FI in Canada. At the end of the month my contract will end and I will be 're-hired' as a part time employee while I ...
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Can I ask for a school year to consider accepting the offer from my internship?

I have interned with the same small software company for two consecutive summers. I was offered a full-time position with them for next summer, after I graduate with my bachelor's degree. They are ...
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How long is the transition period from a developer-for-hire position to full time position? [closed]

From my current organization (A), I am working as a developer-for-hire for another organization (B) for last one year. (B) has been quite happy with my work and wants to hire me for a full-time ...
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Promotion under informal conditions

I was proposed to be promoted under the condition that I promise to not leave my current company within a year. There is no contract, just an informal agreement. My question is whether it is ...
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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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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 ...