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How to approach a boss who doesn't take full responsibility for his mistake?

I work on campus at my university. Earlier this month, my boss sent me and my colleagues an email, asking if we are willing to continue working during the fall semester. He said that the deadline to ...
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Working in two states; legal question and basic employment question? [on hold]

We live in Stockton, CA. I'm 35, my wife's 32. I work in IT for a small local charity, my wife works freelancing in website design and marketing. On Thursday she told me that she wants to work half ...
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Should I work with my business partner or apply for a job offering a H-1B visa? [on hold]

this is my first time on workplace so I will keep it as simple as possible. Backstory I am a web developer who is currently employed in a full stack developer role (PHP, HTML, JS, jQuery, CSS, MySQL ...
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Is it okay to ask for “access to the internet” if I was asked for a coding test during an interview?

I had an phone interview that went fine and then I was asked for an in-person interview and to "spend some time with the team", this coming Monday. What to do now? I am preparing myself for an on ...
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How can I prove that I am very good but in a Phone Interview? (Foreign with an accent)

So I work with a company and I am open for better opportunities. I got a call today that the CEO of a Software Development company wants to speak with me as a phone interview tomorrow at 1 p.m. I said ...
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Downsides of Unemployment Benefits

I was recently laid off from my job as a software developer at startup in California because the startup no longer had funding to pay myself and most other employees. I've managed to find and accept ...
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Is it okay to speak openly about the current job when applying to another job?

So let's say I work in a company but I am open for applying to other companies. And while updating my resume I wondered if it is okay to mention the name of product that I currently work on or ...
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A raise or not a raise?

I am a salaried manager working in the United States. Due to job duties and industry practice my weekly salary is based on two parts to form what we in call in the industry the "total package". We use ...
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Can my employer reclassify me as non-exempt to avoid the new minimum salary requirement? [closed]

If you are currently an exempt employee according to the classification of exempt, is a company allowed to make you non-exempt to keep from paying you the minimum salary requirement to remain exempt?
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Can an insurance broker ask for fees a former employer forgot to without from final paycheck? [closed]

I live in the state of California. I amicably left an employer over 2 years ago and have just received a phone call from (presumably) the insurance broker of said employer informing me that medical ...
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My coworkers think I'm over 21 and offered me a beer, I accepted it… What do I do now?

So here's the story. I'm 19 and just got a job at a small park in the middle of nowhere. There are less than 20 people working at this place, and I deal with them every day. Since everyone I work with ...
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How do I react and handle this situation with a condescending employee? [closed]

I have a receptionist that gets condescending every time management addresses any issues with her. The other day she rearranged her office and our IT person had requested I talk with her, as only IT ...
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Is it acceptable not to include nationality and the date of birth into CV?

I have recently received some criticism that my CV does not include the date of birth and nationality, and I that should add this information in further applications. From the other side, I am not ...
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When changing jobs, do I need to inform where the new job is?

I recently accepted a new job offer and handed my resignation to my current employer. However they are very insistent on knowing where I'm going to work. Is this a normal thing? I know that my ...
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8answers
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Required to work unpaid overtime to “make up” for a shorter commute after moving closer to the office

So a friend of mine this weekend lamented one of the changes in his employment that happened recently. It got me thinking whether or not you can consider that acceptable. He works and lives in the US ...
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“Offensive” bumper sticker on car

I have a bumper sticker on my vehicle that says The sticker is about 3" × 5" (7.6 cm × 12.7 cm) in white block lettering. My employer has told me to remove the sticker or face disciplinary action....
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What do I say to my manager if he asked me about a colleague's raise?

So my boss asked me to come to his office to take my opinion about a raise that my colleague asked for earlier. This colleague started only months ago but he proved that he is very good at it. Took ...
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Rewriting resume so it falls under federal government standards? [closed]

I recently saw an IT job announcement for the US Federal government and I'm confident that I have the necessary experience/background to successfully apply for it. Unfortunately, my 2-page resume was ...
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Send more complete answers after the interview [duplicate]

I did a phone interview for a programming job with a hiring manager. He mentioned that I did well, although I couldn't come up with complete and optimized answers for some of the questions on the fly, ...
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What's the most important career advice for someone who is going to work in the U.S. for the first time? [closed]

I've been recruited to work at a large company overseas and this will be my first time working and living in the United States. I'm excited about the opportunity but part of me is worried about the ...
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Feeling stuck after relocating. Considering changing “specs” [closed]

I got my Bsc in CS from Polytechnic Univ. of Bucharest in 2014. I moved to London in February, this year. I have been struggling to get a job since. My experience with C++ consists of an year and in ...
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Handling Job Offers

My situation is this: I had a company recruiter (company A) apply "pressure tactics" on me to accept the offer soon. I had benefits questions that took some time to clear, the job also requires me ...
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Being told I am being forcably resigned instead of just laying off

First some details about myself, I am a 20 year old college student (Junior standing, soon to be Senior in a few weeks) interning in a Software Engineering position, I've been working at my currently ...
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UK based, new US employer changed contract on first day. How to handle professionally?

I am UK based programmer specialised in software for clinical data analysis. I was offered a job by a US software company, to support their customers in UK. I got a signed contract, I accepted and ...
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Can my boss/upper management fire me because of speak publicly outside of work about politics? [closed]

It so happened that my boss walked by while I was talking politics with a friend, totally after hours and not at work nor near it. Usually I never speak at work to anyone about my political/religious ...
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Received lowball initial offer, how to ask for more

Interviewed with an advertising agency 5 times over the course of 4 months. I do not believe they had any parallel candidates and I believe they are invested in hiring me at this point. I currently ...
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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? [closed]

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”? [closed]

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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What are the odds of software companies contacting references at the time of job offer?

I am interviewing at some major software companies for senior engineer/scientist roles. My current boss is a very hands off kind of a guy, and is not very familiar with my precise roles and ...
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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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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 ...