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Duration of Notice Period in the US and in the rest of the world [closed]

Out of curiosity, I read some of the threads here and what really suprised me were the discussions about the notice periods of only one or two weeks. I'm from germany and so far, I always had notice ...
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Can prospective employers generally find out if a candidate was fired for cause?

In the US it's pretty common for prospective employers to contact a candidate's previous employers to verify employment (dates and job title, at least). In the US, lawsuits are common enough that ...
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Employer refuses to pay earned wages after quitting job [closed]

I was hired for employment and required to file 1099 form to work full time for employer and quit without notice. How long can employer refuse to pay for wages earned? I have not received any wages ...
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What am I supposed to do with blanks before each contract paragraph?

I received an internship contract formatted in a way I have never seen before, and I wonder how am I supposed to sign it. There is a special place at the end for my signature, but strangely each ...
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Is it typical that applicants are not notified when their application is rejected?

Is it common that when sending an application through the company's website, they simply don't respond? Should I consider this a sign of rejection, or that something went wrong and my application got ...
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Standard for paying an employee when the last two days of notice are a holiday

We have a salaried employee that has been with the company for 8 months. The employee gave two weeks notice and the last two days of that notice are typically a paid holiday (US Thanksgiving, ...
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Internship as an international student

Currently I am an international student. The semester ends right before Christmas and after it I will have time until April as the semester in my home country does not start earlier. So I am ...
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Not passionate about what I am working on [closed]

I have tried to communicate this to my manager during my 1:1 My current project is misaligned for my strengths How do I communicate more effectively with my manager?
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LinkedIn Profile With Respect To Past Employment

I have been at my current company as a software engineer for the past three years. However, after graduating from college and before starting my current job, I had three different jobs within a ...
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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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Can the right to refuse work be financial? [closed]

I am an employee of a company who subcontracts my services to another company who I will call A and B respectively. Situations have changed and I am now using equipment that will be fully insured by ...
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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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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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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 ...