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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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Possibly fired after hospital stay due to injury, how should I address this? [on hold]

I was informed by co-worker that I was fired from job. I have not heard from employer. I got injured outside of work, which required a hospital visit. Employer was informed immediately and told me ...
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Can we upgrade from EB3 to EB2? [closed]

I am currently working in USA with H1B Visa. I am aspiring for US Green Card under EB2 Category. My employer says that that depends on many things even though my experience and qualification matches ...
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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, ...
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How learn company policies relevant to quitting without revealing that I'm leaving?

I work in the US. I've accepted a position at another firm. The start date is about six weeks out, in the new calendar year. I have questions for HR about their policies about departing employees, ...
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How to break a no compete contract clause [closed]

I have been contacted by a client I worked for with my previous company with a job offer. However, I have a 1 year No Compete clause and with 6 months more to go I'm in a tough situation. The two ...
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What constitutes the contract between me and my employer? [closed]

I'm a salaried, overtime exempt permanent employee in the US. What constitutes the contract legally binding me and my employer? I don't recall a document titled "Employment Contract". My impression ...
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Does a customary two week notice period include or exclude holidays like Christmas? [duplicate]

I work in the United States and I'm considering giving notice with my current employer shortly before the year-end holidays. Would my customary 2-week notice include or exclude holidays like ...
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Is there anything I need to be aware of with a relatively late start date?

I was offered a position at a firm I interviewed at recently. HR considered me starting at the beginning of December (a little more than two weeks from now), but decided instead that I should start ...
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Should I tell my employer that I need to appear in court

I was arrested while on a vacation. I must appear in court in a few months. It is 2 days drive away. Should I be up front about the fact that I was arrested, and what I was arrested for, or should I ...
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Starting a venture while still working a 9-5

I have an idea that I would like to pursue and possibly make a business out of in the future. However, I am not at the stage where I am willing to quit my regular job and make myself a full-time ...
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Saving company emails for possible future reference

In a number of answers here we see people recommending that emails or other communications be saved. Whether that's by forwarding those emails to a personal email account or printing them off. My ...
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Am I authorized to work in this country?

I live and Canada and I'm currently looking for job opportunities in the USA. When a job application says: "Are you authorized to work in the country(ies) outlined in this job?" Would I select Yes ...
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Parting gift for departing employee [closed]

An employee who has been with me for over 4 years is leaving. It's not unexpected as this employee has simply outgrown our company. What is an appropriate level of a parting gift for someone like ...
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Relocating for a job, new boss is in town and wants me to take off work to meet him

I am relocating from Chicago to Brooklyn for a new job. I'm still currently employed in Chicago and won't be moving for another month. My new boss from Brooklyn is in Chicago for a week and wants to ...
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Should I include the fact that I am a member of a diversity society in my application?

I am a member of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), a diversity society that promotes the advancement of Native Americans and other indigenous groups in STEM fields, among ...
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How to prepare for a meeting about promotion and career plans

During the last performance review with my manager, he mentioned that if I maintain the level of performance I can expect promotion in a few months and talk about my career. What does it involve and ...
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How to respond to “this MUST be done” when I don't know how to do “this”?

I work as the only engineer at a small company (20 employees) in the manufacturing sector. I've been with the company for three and a half years and feel I've added significant value to their systems ...
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Should I get in touch with the recruiter with respect to accepting a job offer?

Last Wednesday, I received a job offer from Company A. The recruiter from Company A and I communicated back and forth until we agreed to terms that I would accept.† Company A gave me until Monday to ...
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Working culture in the United States vs. Europe [closed]

I work in a tourism office in Europe. When we complain about working conditions, our manager (who has worked in the US) says that Europe is like heaven for employees. I am not sure if he exaggerates ...
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Being told “not hiring” when they clearly are

I worked at a company for over a year and resigned a few months ago as I was moving to another city. I gave a two month notice and left in good terms with everyone in the company. The manager at the ...
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Being asked to make an arbitrary restitution payment [closed]

Company X is a small ~50 employee money service business in the United States. Each employee is made to sign paperwork that says in the event an employee loses money in excess of $x.xx they're ...
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Contracting job, employer wants Social Security number and date-of-birth for adding me to payroll

I'm an artist, and I got a message through my website the other day asking if I could create a vector version of an illustration for an ad campaign. After a brief negotiation for payment, I accepted ...
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Can a boss tell an employee not to go to human resources?

If Alice is having conflicts with Bob and the issue is brought to the boss and the boss doesn't rectify the issue, and also warns Alice that it is advised not to go to HR, what do you do? The ...
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What can relocation reimbusement be used for?

I just got a brand new job in the States (I'm from Canada) and they are reimbursing my relocation expenses up to a large amount. Of course, they are not giving me the money up front but on the ...
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How can I recover the cost of a lost package delivered to my office? [closed]

I had a $1200 item shipped to my workplace. It's a non-reimbursable item that I use for work only. It arrived when I was out of office and our secretary signed for it. When I came back to the office, ...
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How can I explain a religious conflict regarding working with women?

I started with my US employer over a year ago, and explained that because of my religious beliefs, I do not want to work with women. We are a small office with 20 male employees. My old boss quit ...
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It is normal for my employer to require me to disclose my health information for insurance purposes?

My employer (in the United States) is requiring me to complete forms and send them to a health insurance company. They are doing this for the purpose of researching health insurance options. Everyone ...
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Can my employer require me to work for his other companies?

My employer recently started several additional companies (all under one LLC), that are housed in the same building. Originally they had dedicated employees, however after they quit, all the ...
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For future employers, how/when should I bring up not wanting to work unpaid overtime?

I currently work as a structural engineer in the midwest United States. My company, like many engineering firms, is very "feast or famine" in that some weeks we have crazy amounts of work to do, and ...