Questions relating to the legal aspects of employment contracts.

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Abusive employer and “effective contract changes”

I am trying to navigate a really nasty scenario with my current employer, and am hoping there is a professional tactic or approach that won't require consulting with a lawyer, as I'm pretty much broke ...
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Recruitment Process and Fixed Term Contract

In my current role, I found out that I was the only person who wasn't offered a permanent role. But a fixed term contract. When I applied I was unaware that this was the case, but due to the ...
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Sudden call for a review about bad performance. Am I getting fired?

Today morning, I received an email from the manager about some issue that came up at the client side about hardcoding some links. Me and my boss were emailed, "you guys are taking things for granted". ...
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Employee Agreement wording regarding ownership of programs developed while employed [closed]

First of all, I'm new to the professional world of programming/development. Recently graduated and was lucky enough to land what I think is the exact job I was planning on working my way to. ...
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My company increased my notice period during my probation, I need some advice [duplicate]

So during my probational period of 6 months my old boss left and I took up his position with no change to my side of the agreement, the director of the company approached me and said because they ...
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Is it easy to get a permanent contract as a software engineer in Germany? [closed]

I'm a recent graduate looking for jobs as a software engineer and trying to understand the industry. My question: Are permanent contracts easy to get? Say I spent 2 years at a company (with a ...
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Is overtime always paid in Germany?

I'm a recent graduate in CS currently living in Germany and looking for jobs as a junior Java developer. So I'm trying to understand more about contracts and things like that. I have the following ...
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What is a probation period in contracts?

I'm a recent graduate in CS currently living in Germany and looking for jobs. So I'm trying to understand more about contracts and things like that. Recently I asked this question The benefits I can ...
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The benefits I can ask for from companies in Germany?

I'm a recent graduate from a masters in CS from Germany. I currently live in Germany and looking for a job. However, since I'm new to job hunting I'm such a newbie in contracts and contracts ...
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3 month notice period in contract… better to negotiate to 1 month?

I'm a developer about to take a new position, however the contract states the notice period on both sides in the event of leaving the company is 3 months. I am wondering if I should ask to have this ...
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Ending contract without termination clause

I am currently working a freelance contract as a software developer for a company in another state, NC. The contract is very brief and only states the start/end date, the rate and the minimum hours of ...
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Exact meaning of some specific employment terms [closed]

I recently secured a position in a relatively new company. The employment letter that I received had a list of terms of employment, one of which is: The terms of this letter, together with such ...
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I haven't been paid in over a month, and he's now claiming that TODAY I violated a gag order [closed]

I was recently hired on with a Co, after it took some work getting my first pay from him (claiming it was am accounting error) AND he only paid me for 1 week, claiming an oversight on his part. It's ...
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Employment contract says the position is subject to credit check, background check, reference check, and drug test. Will they actually do all of that?

I am a college student accepting an offer for a six month internship at a smallish startup. Their employment contract states "As standard procedure for all new hires, this position is subject to ...
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Negotiating a huge change in responsibility - new start up

a company I was previously contracting for is interested in hiring me on a larger scale as the head of a new tech company they're considering to start. They have a viable business concept of which I ...
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Additional job not in contract [closed]

I've been working for a few months now in my new work and originally I signed to be an iOS Developer. During the interview however I stated that I can do web development so that is something that I ...
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Should I trust an employment agency that tells me client will offer me a contact but has kept me waiting 10 days? [closed]

After pursuing a contract opportunity through correspondence with an agency and completing a technical (codility) test, I received an email a week ago Wednesday from the agency. The agency said that ...
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Should I give a bigger notice period than what is required of me?

I am a contractor and my current contract ends on May 29. I have been in this position for a total of 3 contracts (including the current one), in contract lengths of 3 months, 3 months, and 6 months, ...
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What happens if I don't sign an updated “Employee Handbook” agreement/contract? [closed]

I've been with a company for going on 11 years. Recently upper management has turned over and they've changed the "employee handbook". Among other things (what seems to be the most concerning part), ...
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Right to view contract details between employers [closed]

This may be in the wrong section, but I don't see any other exchange sites that might fit this better. I am a software developer, and am currently employed by CompanyA hosted in Virginia for the next ...
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Is it OK to cancel a signed employment contract before starting? [closed]

I am a software developer. A couple of years back I lived in country X and had applied for a position in a company that I was interested of working for. The company was in another country Y and they ...
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Should I report a colleague that may have broken intellectual property rules? [closed]

I'm a team leader for a large hi-tech company and I've been given ownership of a new project which we are planning to patent. Recently, a colleague of mine emailed me an article that reviewed the ...
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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 ...