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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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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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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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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How can we find out about the status of my wife's retirement?

Suppose if I request a job transfer within my agency and my spouse has a current job in teaching at a middle school in our local area. How can we find out she lose her retirement benefits if we move ...
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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 ...
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How can I compensate for the lack of work experience as an international Masters degree student in the United States? [duplicate]

I am studying for a Masters in Computer Science in the United States as an international student. My problem is I don't have work experience. I searched with no luck. I want to know how I can find an ...
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Is there a special contract format that must be followed when hiring an unpaid intern in the US? [duplicate]

I am interested in hiring an unpaid intern in the United States. I have reviewed the outline from the Dept. of Labor, and I meet the criteria. I have an LLC, and I want to bring in a college student. ...
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Does Being Paid Salary Mean My Days Should Be Longer? [closed]

I was recently moved from hourly pay to salary pay so I'm used to leaving work on time. Now that I'm salary though I keep getting remarks from management that seem point at I should be staying at work ...
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What do I need for moving from Canada to the States [closed]

I want to work in the states after completing my degree in Canada. I was born in Canada and have lived here my entire life (if that makes any difference to moving). What do I need to do before I start ...
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Job Offer and Health Insurance Portability

I am pending an offer on a new job. I have a dependent who is receiving health insurance coverage through my current employer. Can this be a deal breaker for an offer when I port it to my new ...
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How to ask my manager about guidelines around taking sick leave during my notice period? [closed]

UPDATE: California, USA. This question specifically is about whether any company, in general, will consider a sick leave taken by an employee to care for his/her spouse qualifies as sick leave, even ...
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What is a reasonable notice period to quit a *contract* job, if you are a developer? [closed]

I have recently had this issue. I myself was not sure but gave one week of notice. I think I did the right thing. By giving a two week notice, I would created uncertain environment for two weeks ...
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Consulting for a competitor under a different role: possible conflict of interest?

I work as a circuit design engineer at my full-time (W2) company where I got recently promoted from circuit test engineer. My previous role of circuit test engineer at this company involved circuit ...
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EEO Self-Identification Form: Should I fill out diversity information?

Disclaimer: I know that discrimination is real and can be devastating. This is not about race, gender, or politics. I am not looking for opinions about the policy just a factual answer to the ...
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Giving two-weeks notice when on maternity/paternity leave?

My wife is a nurse and is currently on maternity leave. For reasons with work life balance, she wishes to possibly look at another job for when she is ready to go back to work. She has a promising ...
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Tech work culture in the U.S [closed]

Around a year ago, I moved to the U.S with my spouse and we both started working at tech companies here. Coming from a very different country, we were at first surprised at some behaviours we ...
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How to setup a contract position?

I have been told that I am going to be laid off at the end of the year but the company would like to make me a contractor for a few months. The company has only asked for my rate and my decision. I ...
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Are workers on holidays and weekends in the US paid more?

I live in Israel, here if an employee is working on a holiday or on the weekend, they are paid a double salary by law. So if your salary for a normal work day is 10$ an hour you'll get 20$ (before ...
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Is it okay to reveal interview questions to your friends?

I recently got an offer from one of the bigger technology companies (a publicly traded fortune company). On glass door I see people saying that they cannot share the questions that they were asked ...
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Salary Revision (More than one year into the job)

I have asked this question before but things have changed a bit since then. Here is a link to my previous question. Salary Revision So now I am more than 14 months into my job but still at the same ...
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As an European citizen, what do I need to get remote work in the US? [closed]

As title says. I don't want to move, just to get a remote position. Do I need any permits? Or just a company that is contracted by the US one?
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How to make viewpoints in a meeting count

I work with a team lead who is dismissive about other races. This person is an American and has no respect for people from other nations. He isn't open about it but his demeanor and candor show his ...
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How can I decide if I should use a title (Mr./Ms.) when e-mailing a prospective employer?

I have been corresponding with several potential employers, but I'm not sure about the appropriate way to address the representative. How should I determine how to address them ("John", "Mr. Smith", ...
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Asking age from a prospective employee

Would it be considered inappropriate/offensive to ask how old someone is before asking them to come in for an interview? And would it be legal/offensive to say someone is considered overqualified for ...
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How do I find companies in my part of the world that still offer a pension?

How can I find a list of companies that currently offer a pension plan? I would prefer that type of retirement system, instead of one that relies on a 401K. I would like to be able to search by ...
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How should I address a non-violent criminal record when applying for jobs?

I have cleared interview of a major tech company and right now background checks are going on through third party company. I had a small issue of being charged with a misdemeanor that is a reduced ...
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Does a background check include if you paid your taxes or not?

In 2010 - 2011 I did freelance web development as my only source if income. All the money I received was under the table and I didn't pay taxes. I did, however, pay taxes for 2012 I want to work for ...
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How much should my wage be cut when I am directly hired instead of a contractor, and thus receiving benifits?

Another Workplace SE answer describes the situation well in the USA: [Many contractors are employed under] W2, [which] means that you're an employee of the contracting agency. They handle the ...
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What should I disclose about second jobs or additional sources of income when my employer asks?

My employer is requiring me to fill out a "Disclosure Form" which provides them with information such as additional sources of income (such as investments) and other employment. I feel this is a ...
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How can I convince management to allow employees to purchase vacation?

In writing this answer to this question it occurred to me, within the United States at least, a lot of people probably work for companies where vacation is fairly rigid yet people would like more of ...
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How does a non team player answer questions about team playing [closed]

I am asking a question for my friend; he is searching for a position in the corporate world. Let's call him "Joe". This Joe guy does not think working in a team necessarily means the best product ...