Questions specifically related to a job market and other aspects of employment and career in the companies located in and following the laws of the United States of America.

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I want to obtain exclusive rights to a project I proposed that the company is no longer interested in

I proposed a BHAG to my employer (whom I've known for years prior to employment) back when I was hired on. She was ecstatic, but my immediate supervisor was not convinced. It has since been dropped ...
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NAFTA profession and position title [on hold]

We have NAFTA list of Professions . If I need TN visa, should name from this list be present in the offer letter? What is relation between position title and profession?
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Is there a way to transfer to another branch after being a Navy nuke? [on hold]

I am about to become a nuke in the US Navy. It's a great program but it only fulfills part of my interest. I am wondering if there is a way to transfer to another branch of the military and be ...
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Is it ethical to take more time off than usual when you'll only be working for part of the year? [on hold]

A friend of mine is in the military reserve (US), and working a civilian job. He's going to be deployed about 8 months into the fiscal year, and his employer knows this. He would typically save ...
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Contractual job and direct-hire [duplicate]

I am currently on a contractual job, since 2012. I am a W2 employee, the contractual position. I make more money hourly, however the direct-hire, I get my PTO, medical coverage, 401k etc. I have now ...
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Is it unprofessional to put in a two-weeks notice when it's not a Friday?

Currently I'm in late stages of interviewing with a company and I'm fairly confident that they'll extend an offer that I'll accept. That being said, I'm trying to plan out when to give my two weeks ...
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How to Cope With Severe Mental Illness in a New Job Setting? [duplicate]

I was diagnosed several years ago with bipolar disorder, and have since been seeking help as much as possible from professional therapists and psychiatrists. I have tried a large variety of different ...
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Average number of PTO days provided by small business in the San Francisco Bay Area [closed]

For small businesses in the San Francisco Bay area, what would be the average number of PTO days (paid time off/personal time off) provided for employees? Are there any reports by payroll or small ...
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Writing a resume when shifting focus

I've seen quite a few questions that are asking what to do when changing careers. That's all well and good, and there are some great answers, but what do you do when you're looking to more or less ...
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Can my employer demand that I show up to work 15 minutes before my shift but not pay me for that time?

A few weeks ago I was working as a tutor for a major chain in the Chicago suburbs and was paid hourly. Usually my shifts were just a few hours, say from 4 to 7. I'd show up 5 minutes early or so just ...
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Chain pharmacy won't count all hours worked [closed]

This isn't me but my girlfriend, let's call her Karen. Karen was recently hired as a pharmacist by big chain pharmacy as a floater, in Florida, USA. A floating pharmacist is an employee (not ...
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Is it true that one is expected to work 60+ hours in the US software industry? [closed]

Being from Germany and having worked in the German software industry for a few years, I can say that in most jobs (in larger companies) a software engineer will work 35-40 hours a week, with overtime ...
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How to tell a company I won't do a background check?

To make a very long story short, I will summarize the cause of my issue. In 2005 I was charged with several felonies I did not do. In 2007, after a couple years of fighting in court, my lawyer and I ...
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New Job Pay Schedule [closed]

I recently got a new job at a small company and earn a salary rate. They pay on the 15th and 30th of each month however the HR employee explained to me that although the pay week ends on the 15th and ...
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Getting contract work in the US [closed]

I'm a UK resident and I would really like to work in the USA, preferably on a 6-12 month contract. I feel that I have a good skill set (Masters degree, professional accounting qualification and ...
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Is salaried income based on hours at all?

I just got my first salaried position, working as an iOS Developer in California. Previously, I had only ever been a contract worker getting paid by the hour, so I'm trying to wrap my head around ...
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should people with expunged convictions be up front about it?

So I have a friend that took a deferred adjudication plea for a misdemeanor theft charge. The problem is that that's now showing up when employers do background checks on this friend and they're being ...
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Why is a voided blank check necessary to setup direct deposit if I've already provided my routing and account numbers? [closed]

I just got on-boarded today at a new job and I wasn't satisfied with the answer from HR about why a voided check was needed. The direct deposit form I filled out had my routing and account numbers, ...
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Need to resign as PIP will kick in this Monday [closed]

I began working at this place in June 2013. Had a steady relationship with the employer for at least a year. So much so that the supervisor, indirect supervisors, and a senior colleague provided ...
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Should I give a gift to my boss with/after my resignation letter?

I have had a very good experience with the company I am leaving, and want to soften the blow with a small gift to my immediate supervisor. Is this appropriate, wise, recommended? I'm based out of the ...
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Should I list an employer that fired me after two weeks?

I was let go from my last position after two weeks. They said I wasn't picking up the job quick enough but I was working as hard and fast as I possibly could. It was the first time in my life that ...
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Is it legal in the USA to ask if applicants have been convicted of specific crimes?

I'm under the impression that it is legal in the USA to ask applicants if they have been convicted of a felony. I'm also under the impression that they have to answer honestly. But as a manager, I'm ...
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How can international students with weak work experience overcome logistical difficulties in seeking work in the United States? [duplicate]

I hope this is appropriate but I am asking on behalf of a friend who is an international student here in the United States. He originally comes from a non western background. Currently he is ...
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Disclosing your ASD status before job interview [duplicate]

Let me explain the context first... I'm a programmer with about 15 years of professional experience. I've got and Autism Spectrum Disorder, what doesn't harm my professional performance (rather the ...
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How does a W2 verify self-employment?

I'm being screened by a third party company to verify my self-employment for a job and they asked for my W2's. How exactly does this verify I'm self-employed? My business has made no profit to date, ...
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Is it misleading to include FICA “benefits” in an offer letter?

I received an offer letter today and found it very odd that they included Medicare and Social Security contributions the company would make on my behalf. I thought such employer + employee ...
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When do I become an employee: upon signing a job offer or the start date?

I'm signing a lease agreement and I'm not sure which company to name as my current employer. The situation is that I have signed a job offer from a company but the start date is still about a week ...
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I do the work of someone who had 15 years experience for salary that equates to 12.5/hour [duplicate]

I manage our production team of 5 and about 1/3 of the company's purchasing. The majority of our company, which has about 60 people in all, makes the money we do from what we output from production. ...
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deductions from final paycheck

I just recently left a full-time job to pursue other interests. The split was amicable and I fulfilled my two week's notice (actually, it was closer to a three week's notice). My final paycheck ended ...
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Providing references when only having work experience abroad

I came back to Florida from Israel so I'm one year here. I am legal to work in the US because I'm a citizen, and I'm looking for jobs. Most applications asks for reference. Unfortunately my only ...
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Should you hide your location when applying for a job that will need an H-1B visa?

When applying for job where you will need an H-1B visa, I've been told it's important to wait until as late in the application process as possible to reveal that you need the employer to get you work ...
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Posted Employer Holiday (7/3) and now employer is saying it is a mandatory work day [duplicate]

My company posts the days off at the beginning of each year. This year it was noted that the employees would have 7/3 off to observe Independence Day. I used the stated day off to make travel plans ...
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Convicted felon looking for a job

I am a software developer who was convicted of a drug distribution felony (Schedule 3, non-recreational pharmaceutical) in the federal system (meaning no possibility of expungement) a few years back. ...
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Should I give more than two weeks notice if they are having me learn new technologies?

I am a software engineer for a big company. I will be leaving the company in about 6 weeks. They asked me to learn new technologies which will take about 2 weeks to learn. They want me to then be ...
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Is it fine to inform an interviewer that I'm not married?

I believe it is not permitted for American interviewers to ask the candidates martial status. I am interviewing from India for a position within my company in US, and my company does provide a ...
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What should I do about a sexist and vulgar employee?

I'm an assistant manager at a small business, and I'm regularly the top manager on duty for a staff of two to four employees. Since we are a small business, the staff are able to chat when we aren't ...
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How do I prepare for a job outside of my country?

So I live in Puerto Rico and while I like it here, I decided to start looking for work opportunities in the US. I’m a 26 year old who just earned his BS from computer science and while I have been ...
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How do I find a software engineering job in the Bay Area in the U.S. as a foreigner? [closed]

I am 28 years old with ~8 years experience in Web Development and a decent B.Sc. in Computer Science. I am working for an internationally recognized company in Germany. I work as senior software ...
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Not being paid for meetings or training [closed]

I've been with a company for two years. My initial training was done on the clock, but since then, all other training (we get new online training about once every few months) is done outside of work. ...
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What are typical policies and laws regarding getting fired because of getting arrested? [closed]

This is more out of curiosity driven by a conversation with some friends than practicality, but I'm wondering now. I'm talking about being employed in the USA now. Let's assume in this hypothetical ...
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Are part-time masters treated equally to full-time degrees in terms of pay and qualification?

I’m currently pursuing a part-time masters degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering while working as a Computer Engineer. I was wondering, Will my part-time degree be treated any differently than ...
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As a Brit working in America, how can I get my American colleagues to stop mocking my accent/spelling?

I am not a person of colour and I do not pretend to understand the struggle of those who endure racial discrimination, prejudice and persecution based on their race or ethnic background. However, ...
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What kind of verification can be done for someone out “Sick” - Is there a way to confirm they aren't working somewhere else? [closed]

What kind of verification can be done for someone out "sick." Is there a way to confirm they aren't working somewhere else? I have an employee who has used up all of their sick/vacation leave. Then ...
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How can a subcontractor or temporary agency comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

If a subcontractor or temporary agency is the legal employer of an individual, how can they comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirement to provide reasonable accommodations to ...
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Request for Leave without Pay to try out a new job for 3 months [closed]

Is it possible to take leave without pay from my current employer to start a new job? The reason for the request is to try things out with the new employer, if the new environment is not as positive ...
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Can an employer ask employees to reimburse wages?

I recently joined a startup, and I didn't like it all. To begin with the engineers in there think they're the world's best, where in reality all of us are pretty average at best. However, the thing ...
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How difficult is it for International IT graduates to get a job in Silicon Valley? [closed]

I have American cousins who work in Silicon Valley, and they all said that even fresh graduates in the US who are in the IT industry have trouble finding jobs. More background info on me: I have a ...
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Recruiting agency told me they posted a position solely to attract candidates

I am looking to start my professional career, and have an established relationship with a recruiting agency. I have never worked with a recruiting agency before to find employment. That said, they ...
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My boss told me he wanted to fire me and last week I recieved a very bad mid-year performance review

I was placed under a new supervisor (John) on Oct 1 2014, the beginning of our fiscal year. On Oct 24 2014 John told me that he was going to fire me. I went to the director "Eric" of our division ...
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What (if anything) is polite/customary to do when leaving a company in the USA?

I am leaving a company where I have worked for a few years on friendly terms, as I got a job with another company. In the past I worked in the same kind of role in a couple of companies in the ...