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How can I avoid making up hours I am taking as PTO? [closed]

I'm a full-time salaried employee for Company A, contracted out to Company B (I am not considered an employee of Company B, though I work in their office). The end of the year is coming, and I have a ...
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Application form asks about a criminal record and I'm not sure something counts; how do I fill out the form?

I have a silly suspension of my driver's license on my full driving record for failure to pay a speeding ticket (I just forgot). I paid the ticket and was able to reissue my license. On my full ...
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Should I adopt an alias when I have a name that may sound strange or offensive in the local language?

I love my name. I want to use it everywhere and want people to remember me by my real name. However, my native first name sounds a little 'weird' in English: 'Phuc'. It is also difficult to ...
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What are the pros and cons of quitting before getting fired? [closed]

What are the pros and cons of quitting before getting fired or laid off? Presumably, if you quit, you lose your unemployment benefits. On the other hand, if following your job termination, you try to ...
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Accepted offer at Job A, now got e-mail back from job B

I'm in a [potential] pickle here and perhaps SE can give me some good advice on this. These are both IT related jobs. Ok ~ 1.5 months ago I interviewed at company B which was for a remote position. ...
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Is it important to have every specific reference asked for on application? [duplicate]

I know there have been question asked about references. However my question is NOT about what to do in the case of having no references. My question is about having references but not the ones ...
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do 1099 contractors receive 1099 forms quarterly? [closed]

Since taxes need to be filed quarterly would a 1099 form be mailed out quarterly, as well, by the company?
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My voice gave the wrong impression in interviews (due to disability); how should I handle future interviews?

I was recently rejected from a job after several phone interviews, which is nothing new considering I'm a recent graduate, but I had received nothing but enthusiasm and positive feedback during the ...
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Company is going to relocate and my commute will double [closed]

Even more than double taking into account very busy highway near a big city. I'm considering to resign, but I don't want to find myself without unemployment insurance. However I'm not sure about ...
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If a potential employer's name is unisex, should I guess a title (Mr./Ms.) or use their first name?

A while back it was asked if a title (e.g. Mr./Ms.) should be used when e-mailing a prospective employer. The accepted answer stated that, at least in the United States, it's best to err on the side ...
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How can I handle a situation where my manager is verbally abusing someone else?

We are a small team who performs software development and support services for other teams within the organization. My manager is the leader of this team. One of our "clients", another team lead in ...
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Boss asked me to copy files from ex-CEOs computer

There has recently been a change in the corporate hierarchy. The former CEO/President is now, technically, just an employee (although, to be sure, an employee with a lot of weight) and a shareholder. ...
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How to explain to employer that I don't owe him anything due to (lack of) company policy?

Follow-up question to: Resignation letter: general tips and what to do if boss is not on site? and Put in my two weeks or wait?. [I would suggest reading these to understand the background.] Yes, I ...
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Software Engineering industry - In recruiters' point of view, is candidate with MAS degree less competitive than one with MS degree? [closed]

I have a friend who is very interested in embedded system design specifically, and he has been looking for a position in related fields since he graduated with a bachelor degree of Electrical ...
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1answer
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How to identify which is relevant information for audience and set right context in discussions? [closed]

I am working as team lead for IT department of US based organization. My team consists team member from different vendors. Even I am also vendor to current organization. In the meetings(Specifically ...
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“At will” employment definition

In the United States, does "at will" employment basically mean that a company can fire a person at any time without cause? Aren't most companies like this?
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Being a contractor with a W2

I'm considering doing some consulting for a company, and I think the normal way contractors are paid is with checks made out directly to them, with no taxes withheld. In other words, it's up to the ...
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How can I approach my boss after I feel blackmailed with him threatening my wife's employment?

I work for a small (15 person) niche IT consulting company. I have become regularly requested by our clients and I am a top performer at my company, which in turn has brought in healthy profits for ...
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When taking leave for major depressive disorder, how can I best protect my rights in event of termination? [closed]

I have a long history of major depressive disorder. I've been under a psychiatrist's care and we have determined a Family Medical Leave Absence is necessary immediately. I work for a smallish ...
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How can I tell if my Social Security card has an employment restriction?

My Social Security card looks like this: My employer wants to see a "Social Security Account Number Card Without Employment Restriction." I'm not exactly sure what the "Employment Restriction" ...
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Is it commonplace to pay interns a fixed (non-hourly) salary? [closed]

At previous jobs, we have had a small number of interns (compared to the overall engineering staff), and they were all paid hourly. At my current job, however, the engineering staff is 1/3 interns, ...
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Signing Bonus Tax Question

I am getting a signing bonus (5K) on the new job. When the employer gives the signing bonus will I receive the whole 5K or will I received after the tax (35%)? Any experiences? I am in United ...
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How to bring up a bad GPA in a interview

Suppose in an interview somebody asks you about your undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA). If it is very low what should you say? Also suppose your graduate school GPA is very high. Could I somehow ...
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Is COBRA (US Temporary Health Insurance) paperwork provided automatically after giving notice?

I am going to give my notice to resign my company, and will want to take advantage of COBRA (US Temporary Health Insurance). Will the employer provide the paperwork automatically after giving notice, ...
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Unprofessional behavior of H1B recruitment manager; now employer trustworthiness is in question for me?

I am working for an IT consultancy firm in the USA with an H1B visa. They employed me at their client's location. While joining, the recruitment manager told me that I have to share some of the H1B ...
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How can I get better benefits when countering an offer letter?

I just received the offer letter. The salary looks good but the vacation is only 2 weeks. I want to get at least 3 weeks. I have read somewhere that you should always include multiple items in the ...
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Fairly new position as an I.T. contractor & client is assigning tasks outside scope of contract [closed]

I have a fairly new position as an I.T. contractor. I was hired along with a small group of people at the same time to work on a project. I've never held a contract position before. It's a ...
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297 views

Fired or Not Fired [closed]

Two employees called into boss's office: "Illinois is an at will state, I can fire you for any reason, I tried to protect you, you snubbed me, now get out of my office." Employee attempted to say a ...
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Handling excessive absenteeism due to genuine illnesses

I'm on the board of an organization that has recently hired a new employee in a position where attendance during particular set hours is fairly important. The employee used up all her paid time off ...
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Giving health information for health insurance to recruiter?

I am currently using medication for a non-life threatening, but serious physical health condition that can sometimes affect my ability to sleep well and thus affect my productivity. The medication ...
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My employer REFUSES to give me a copy of my signed contract [closed]

I signed an employment contract back in September 2014, after signing it my employer explained that we were not allowed to have copies of our own but we could take a look at it whenever under ...
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A temp agency is asking me to release all my medical records. Should I be suspicious?

I'm 17 in the U.S. (California) and have found an internship with a software company. This is the second internship I've had, and have been employed over the summer once before. They've asked me to ...
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Unemployment, does it hurt future job interviews

Hopefully it never happens to anyone but I have asked this from many people and nobody had a definite answer... and I am asking about the U.S.A and software developer positions: Let's say your ...
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Photo release - how to suggest an alteration

My company has sent out several notices requesting that we sign a "purely voluntary" photo release form. I'm on board with the general idea -- they want to take pictures of events, conferences, ...
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Security clearance as a potential employee

I'm currently in the process of being hired with a federal contracting company in the US and I'm going through the secret clearance process for the first time. I've filled out all the paperwork and ...
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Is it OK to quit without notice if the boss gets physical? [duplicate]

I have worked in places where there seemed to be a general acceptance of inappropriate physical contact in some of the departments. Many of the employees (and managers) came from a sports background ...
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How can I manage an out of area job search when I am unable to take time off from my current job?

Background: Right now, I am living in a territory of the US (I am an US citizen), and I am in the process of relocating to one of the continental US states (probably Florida or Texas). I want to ...
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Is it okay to give recruiters last four digits of my SSN?

I have been approached by many recruiters recently. Some of them ask for the last four digits of my social security number or the whole number, while some do not. I never give my SSN to anyone unless ...
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Are French cuffs interview-appropriate?

Is a cufflinked (French-cuffed) shirt appropriate for a man for an interview for a white-collar (say, academic or office) position? Assume a suit and tie will be worn also, and this is in the United ...
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Is a breach of copyright a disqualifying factor in security clearances?

If I'm known to have breached copyright in software systems, trade secrets and intellectual property of commercial firms, will that be a deciding factor for being granted government security ...
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W2 vs 1099 - Rate Difference

I've been a full-time employee for a while and just started contracting work end of last year as W2. With the advent of ACA, I just realized that I can get more benefit from the heathcare exchanges ...
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How to note salary when I can't indicate part-time status?

Some recent positions of mine were part-time, but salaried (i.e., not for an hourly wage. I was hired for a certain number of hours per week, but often worked more). Some online job applications are ...
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Omit a doctorate from resume if overqualified?

I have a Ph.D. and recruiters have told me that employers will view me as overqualified for certain positions and will therefore not consider my job applications. I'm considering omitting my Ph.D. ...
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Need help to respond to unexpected lay off [closed]

I work at a small PROFITABLE IT consulting firm in USA and I just finished two projects successfully, fighting with some "manageable" health problems (IBS).After that, I have not had a project for ...
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Reimbursed for Travel Miles

I apologize if this question is stupid or obvious, but I'm relatively new to the workplace. I just recently turned 18 and have now started traveling domestically and internationally to support our ...
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Impact of 100% travel on salary expectations?

There are a lot of great points raised on How can I determine a reasonable salary to ask for? including points about location affecting the salary you ask for. Similarly, Does my geographic location ...
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US employer suggests two 90 day contract periods instead of work VISA. Is this okay? [closed]

I'm a Canadian citizen going to work in the US for 5 months starting in May. My employer said that due to the fact I'm being hired a little late in the game, and the H1B work VISA takes several months ...
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Filing for benefits under the Trade Act [closed]

In the US workers who lose their jobs because the work went overseas may be eligible for benefits under the Trade Act. There were substantial changes to the act effective January 1, 2014. Prior to ...
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What do you need to get into a field of IT? [closed]

I've always pretty much planned on going to collage because that's what people around me have done (I live in a high-end area). However I've been reading a lot online (and thinking about it ...
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Are letters of recommendation in the US private sector useful?

A fellow who has been an excellent account rep with a vendor we used has been subject to a downsizing by his company. He has been out of work now since November. I've told him he can use me as a ...