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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Workaholics in American workplace

I'm an American who never lived in the US for more than two months. Recently, I've been reading a lot of John Grisham and there are stories where rookie lawyers or even the partners work themselves ...
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For a S Corp, Do I have to file 1040 and or/both 1120S? [on hold]

Being a share holder should I need to file both the 1040 and the 1120-s for the year ending
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filing for Form 940 at once for all the employees or individually to each of them

will the employer have 100 employees under shall he need to apply for FUTA (Federal Unemployment Tax Act) Individually or at once. How will it work out
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What's the purpose of “contract-to-hire” software jobs?

I've received a recruiter email that states that they're interest in both "full-time or contract-to-hire". While the position doesn't interest me in this case, I'm wondering, on both sides, what the ...
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What do employers do with the money they withhold for your income tax? [on hold]

As per the rules, every employer withholds money from your paycheck for your income tax. These taxes are only paid once a year. What do employers do with the money they've withheld from you in the ...
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Single parent takes many sick days

We are a small (~20 employees) company in the US. We are a manufacturing environment and most jobs have to be completed on the shift they are scheduled - the work isn't something that can be made up ...
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Does the SSNVS count as a “List C document”? [on hold]

My passport recently expired and I neglected to get a new one. Now that I'm starting a new job without that handy I-9 "List A" document, I need a B (e.g. driver's license) and C (SSN card, birth ...
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Should I Press My Questions? [closed]

My boss and I have a meeting every Tuesday to discuss happenings and current events. These discussions are by no means unprofessional or irrelevant, and some of them are incredibly important to my ...
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How can I stop my company from forging documents?

My boss often has one of my co-workers Photoshop new dates, prices, addresses, and even names onto invoices in order to fraudulently submit them for rebates. My boss and co-worker are very open about ...
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Verifying education/degrees AFTER employment

As some background, I have been in my current position for just over a year and I have nearly 20 years of experience in my field with two bachelor's degrees and a master's degree. Recently, several ...
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In North Carolina, should I be paid anything if I show up to work and am sent home right away? [closed]

Specifically the rules for this question for working in the state of NC. Say I show up to work and my employer says they don't need me and send me home, should I be getting paid for the hours I was ...
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1answer
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How do I get equivalency of my degree in USA?

I have just moved to USA from Pakistan. I have BsCS(hons.) degree from Pakistan. I also have verified/stamped my degree from HEC and MOFA I want to get equivalency of my degree here. What is the ...
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How to respond if a company disallows discussion of wages? [closed]

Based on questions like this, what is a good recourse to take if a company handbook does disallow discussing wages? If you start a new job and the company handbook or policy says that you are not to ...
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Regarding my interim secret clearance denied [closed]

Recently I applied for a federal consulting Job. After 3 rounds of interviews I finally received an offer letter and I was excited to join. However, before I could join I needed to be given a security ...
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My office is 80 degrees in winter and 90 in summer and HR will not help what can I do?

I am a warm person to begin with, so I actually brought in a thermometer to verify. I have been working here for years and never had an issue, but recently we underwent an office renovation and ...
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How much does salary go up after probation period? [closed]

For an entry level technical position requiring a bachelor's degree, if HR begins the salary negotiations by stating that there will be a significant increase after six months, and another increase ...
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Reporting Time Ethically

I started my job approx. 3 months ago. I went through a temp agency who I get paid through. The company I work at is responsible for confirming my hours. I was told by my supervisor there that I can ...
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Direct supervisor performed exit interview

I worked for a large company in a non-HR role, and have recently decided to move on to another job. In the middle of my transition, my direct supervisor was made a key figure in HR in addition to ...
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Handling drug testing when legally prescribed a tested substance [closed]

Recently I've been prescribed a legal drug that is often screened for in drug tests. I've kept my boss informed but haven't mentioned any medications by name. I have a desk job, so I do not have to ...
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Why do some employers withhold drug testing requirement until after interview?

I'm just trying to understand the reasoning behind why some employers would NOT tell you up front (if not in the online ad itself, at least early on in the process) that there is a drug testing ...
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Probation period before receiving medical benefits

How common is it that a company has a probation period of 90 days before an employee can enroll in health benefits? I will be working for a startup. Is this a generally accepted principle depending ...
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I signed an offer. Can I change my mind? [closed]

I signed an offer letter for a job that will start later this year. Now I changed my mind, and I want to accept another job. My question is: can I refuse a job after I signed an offer letter without ...
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No response from company for 2 weeks after receiving email acceptance. Should I contact them? [duplicate]

I applied for a software engineering position at a company, and went through a couple of rounds of interview. The recruiter and manager congratulated me, and I have since received their acceptance by ...
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Potential US employers require social security number as part of application; what am I not seeing?

My college age son is job hunting here in California, and a few large employers (Lowe's, Sears, Michael's) are requiring his social security number as part of the application process. The process ...
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Is there a “time of year” for hiring?

I recently graduated last December, and am now looking for a developer position. I have had several interviews, but no offers. Many of the recruiters have told me something to the effect of "The ...
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7answers
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Do you pay for lunch during a lunch interview?

If I am invited to a lunch (or dinner) interview at a company, would I be expected to pay for it? Should I at least try to offer and "reluctantly" decline? The company set up the lunch interview, ...
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Does “background checks” also mean drug screening?

I got an offer letter from an employer that said my employement is contingent on a successful background check. There is no mention of drug screening anywhere. Do employers have to explicitly state ...
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Would drinking alcohol (when offered) during a meal that is part of an interview be likely to affect the perceptions of the interviewer?

A lengthy interview included lunch at a restaurant with one of the managers who had been interviewing me. The company with whom I was interviewing provides management consulting and other services for ...
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New office requires employees to have key to exit. We're locked in [duplicate]

My company (about 100 people, tech based) moved to a new office building last week. Now that the badge system and magnetic door locks are working, we've realized that in addition to waving our badge ...
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Is asking a recruiter (or HR department) of a company if there are other positions available OK?

I am acquainted with the notion of not applying to a position that I am not qualified for. But the question I wanted to ask is if it would be prudent to ask the recruiter for a position that is asking ...
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Is an employer allowed to deny a job to someone who withholds work history?

My relative is currently a temporary employee at a community library. Having demonstrated good performance and fit over 6 months, she was recently encouraged to apply to an internal posting for a ...
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Should I mark up my normal rate when using a freelancing site which takes a cut? [closed]

My rate for direct freelancing projects is X. A client has asked me to use Upwork, which takes a 10% cut. Should I increase my rate to X + 11%, putting the overhead on the client, or keep the same ...
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Salary Negotation Post-Verbal Accept, Internal Hire

I've read through most of the Q/A here about negotiating after accepting the verbal offer, which fall under a number of categories: 1)External hire, accepted verbal, no counteroffer, no leverage. ...
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How much is 35 w2 hourly to 1099 hourly? [closed]

Hi I am a software engineer. I'm in the process of negotiating with my current employer about my 1099 hourly rate. The background is that I was contracted to my current employer through a ...
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How to formulate an USA-style recommendation letter to be used optimally as a German Work Certificate (Arbeitszeugnis)?

I mainly work in Germany, but recently I had a little project for an US company. They were satisfied with my work and are ready to give me a Letter of Recommendation. I can make suggestions about ...
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What should one do when paychecks keep bouncing?

A friend of mine works at a small company, maybe around 50 employees. The company has repeatedly had insufficient funds in the bank to cover the employees' salaries, resulting in several of her ...
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What happens during 'meet the team' days?

I am a software developer based in UK and I recently passed 5 interviews with a company based in the Silicon Valley (Sales support and prototyping, broadly speaking). I have been invited to fly over ...
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Should I keep my mouth shut when my boss is wrong

There are many times when going about my job and making recommendations when my direct supervisor will perpetuate false and incorrect facts. He is a great manager and a wonderful buffer between our ...
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How can I make a case to be moved back to my preferred shift?

When I started this contract, I was working 4 ten hour days Mon-Thur on swing shift. Then I got hired full time and was essentially forced to work three 12 hour days Fri-Sun or I'd lose my job. Is ...
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Questioning Employer's tactic to collect a debt equaling value of unearned personal time off [closed]

The certified letter states, "this is a legal attempt to collect a debt" I hadn't known of. My employer advances the full amount of Vacation, sick and personal time at the beginning of each year, ...
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Contract renewal [duplicate]

I work in IT, as a contractor, and my renewal is coming up in a couple of months and I am wondering how the process is for asking a raise? I have researched around and I am being paid below market ...
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What benefit does an employer derive from hiring employees as salaried nonexempt?

I can see why employers might hire hourly employees - you pay employees for the amount of time they spend working. Straightforward. Likewise, salaried exempt makes sense - you pay employees a fixed ...
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As an international student applying for internships abroad, how can I improve my chances at getting an interview? [closed]

I am a third year engineering undergraduate student majoring in Information Technology from India, applying for technical internships at California companies from this website. I applied at 20+ such ...
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How can I get my employer to stock a wider variety of tea?

The company I work for provides a water, tea, and coffee for employees to drink throughout the day. We have awesome water coolers that provide crisp, filtered drinking water. Our coffee machine makes ...
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Formula for computing the hourly rate for a software developer contractor? [duplicate]

I am new to the IT contracting field of employment and I am currently looking for a new role as a Software Developer or Software Development Engineer in Test in the Seattle WA area. I Googled this ...
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How to take vacation days within first year without looking like a slacker

So I just got a new job that I really like A LOT, and the vacation policy is quite generous (15 accrued days and 7 floating days). I plan on taking them all next year due to planned outings and music ...
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Is there an acceptable way to exclude yourself from giving presentations in a business setting?

Working for a mid-sized, international company as a junior level software engineer, I will occasionally be asked to give presentations to the entire company. Public speaking is a source of great ...
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Should I provide my photo ID to a recruiter? [duplicate]

A third-party recruiter reached out to me for a job at a tech company. After receiving my resume, the recruiter said that the company (which he named) has requested my photo ID. The company seems to ...
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How does the acquisition affects me in this scenario? [closed]

The current company got acquired by another bigger company. My current company is US based and offices in India.how will it affect employees?
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Should I continue to work for free?

I am an undergraduate student who has a federal work study job as a "lab tech", but my actual job involves more of setting up intro biology labs and autoclaving biohazard waste, refilling carboys, ...