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Do I have to sign a new offer letter after working almost three months?

Is it legal for your boss to try to force you to sign a different offer letter with a pay cut and after working almost three months? I walked into a meeting where I was told that I was being moved to ...
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How do I relay to my boss that I hate the job site I am assigned

The job site I recently got assigned to (it's actually three sites, one location) is our current primary project with many others starting soon. I don't want to be stuck at this site too long. It ...
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During the interview process, what are the benefits of a "No Negotiation" policy?

I'm applying for a Software Engineering Manager (EM) at a US company. During the first interview I was told the company has a "No Negotiation" policy, which is a novel concept to me. It ...
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Is there a law regarding visiting one's job site on days off? [closed]

I work at a bar and the General Manager told us no one is allowed to come to the bar on their day off and we can only drink coke while working. Is there law regarding that?
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Identifying details despite an NDA as a third party (California)

If a potential employee were to claim that they worked for a company that was sold but their NDA prevents them from speaking about their company name, the buying company's name, and details about what ...
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Is it legal for an employer in California to ask for another form of ID when you already provided ID from List A (passport) for Form I-9?

I recently applied, and was hired, for a retail position. When I was completing the onboarding forms online, I entered my ssn and I selected which form of ID I would present them at the store. The ...
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Quitting instead of accepting Performance Improvement Plan?

I was spared in the recent layoffs at my company which is based in California, USA. First, they let go/forced out many leaders and replaced some of them. Then, many middle managers including mine and ...
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Hourly pay for required pre-employment activities?

My son is starting his first part-time job soon. He was required to take a physical. He (and my spouse, as he's a minor) spent 6 hours (really) waiting at a clinic today to have it administered. The ...
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Can I "write up" employees who are family for calling out on the same days?

I am new to management, I have about 20 employees under me at a supermarket and 3 of them are family members. The family members work staggered shifts and when they have something like a birthday they ...
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Previous employer overpaid me straddling the new year

I'm looking for some advice here. I live & work in California. I gave notice that I'd like to quit my previous job with my last day being the last day of the year. I also planned to take vacation ...
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Why was my interview schedule cut short? [closed]

I went through the following process: Phone interview with recruiter (who reached out to me initially) Phone interview with hiring manager On site interview (which involved me flying coast to coast) ...
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Can an employer terminate a contract immediately if I disclose I am joining a competitor at a future date?

I have a job offer from my employer's competitor. I am not bound by any non-compete clauses. Colleagues often plan their departures to occur right after equity vesting dates and then pre-announce this ...
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Boss wants to terminate my wife for using crutches and making his department seem "less energetic"

My wife works for a large tech firm (you have probably heard of it) as a project manager. Recently she injured her ankle hiking and will be using crutches for the next little while. Her boss thinks ...
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Would it be a bad idea to ask for a copy of all contracts that I signed from my former employer?

We parted on bad terms. I'm afraid to ask for copies, because such a request might spook them. On the other hand, asking for copies shows that I am making a good faith effort to comply with my ...
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Can I leave my job right after finishing parental leave in California?

I'm on paid parental leave in California in the United States. What considerations do I have to or should I make if I'd like to leave my job right after parental leave? Do I legally have obligations ...
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My new job came with a pay raise that is being rescinded

I have worked for my company (based in California) since May 2019. I was offered and accepted a new role in late November with a new higher salary effective 12/1 (New job start date). This was ...
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Is it normal for large software companies in the Bay Area to have rogue teams? [closed]

I have seen a number of questions about rogue individuals on SE (How to handle a senior developer diva who seems unaware that his skills are obsolete? famously comes to mind), to which methods of ...
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Staffing agency says I won't get paid to pick up equipment required by client. Should I push back?

I just got placed through a staffing agency, in the state of California. I'm expected to drive to a client's location and pick up some equipment to use to work from home for the duration of the ...
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Is it possible to be drug tested by a CA employer while working from home?

I work for a company in California that is owned by the federal government. The company made it clear when CA passed its Cannabis laws/regulations last year that they will continue to test and that ...
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Can you collect california short term disability if you only have to stop working one of two jobs?

Background: 1 Full time in office job 1 Part time job, working remote from home Situation: Surgery with 4 week recovery time. Will not be able to work full time job because it is a physical job. ...
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Company keeps confiscating cleaning supplies

Recently, the restroom in our office ran out of soap. The first employee to notice it reported it to management, however, no action was taken. After a day or two of repeatedly asking management to ...
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Workplace is rescinding on a promise made upon hire

We are in California in case it helps when giving advice on her situation. My wife was hired at her workplace back in February. Part of her negotiation at hire was that they would accommodate her ...
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How should I push back against ridiculous work time expectations?

I have been working for my company for awhile now and up until recently I was pretty autonomous. During that time I was producing great results that the majority of people were impressed and pleased ...
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Reported a VP for harassment. He resigned during the investigation. What can I do

The VP asked me very inappropriate questions during office hours while no one was around and I said 'no' multiple times. Did more investigation on my own to see if anyone else was effected by him and ...
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What to do when workplace smells strongly of marijuana and management hasn't done anything to mitigate?

I work in a decent company with good people in California (marijuana is legal). In one of the office buildings we rent, there are two marijuana-related companies. One of them is right next door to us ...
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Can an employer retract pay/take other action for missed days of a contract after a contract is completed?

I recently completed a 6-month part-time contract as an instructor with a company in the for-profit education space. They don't have a written PTO policy, but generally, we've requested substitute ...
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Is my employer in California obligated to pay me while I travel between jobsites

I'm an hourly worker at a landscaping company in Los Angeles and travel to a different job site or multiple job sites in a day. The morning and afternoon commute range from 15 minutes to 1.5 hours. ...
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How to deal with a manager who frequently makes subtle, racist remarks about my religion and ethnic origin?

I'm muslim, brown, middle eastern, and no my name isn't actually Joe as my username suggests. My manager makes interesting comments. He normally intends these comments as something humourous but ...
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New Mandatory Off Hours Check-in

Without any explanation, and with only a weekend's worth of notice, a new early morning check-in was placed on my schedule, basically, as soon as I wake up I'm expected to check for any new requests ...
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Boss wants me to falsify a report. How should I document this unethical demand?

I work in IT, and my manager is trying to get my coworker and me to submit a falsified security scan to a client of ours. Basically, he wants us to submit a security scan modified to exclude ...
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Falsely accused from a co-worker [closed]

I received a falsely accused complaint from a co-worker for pushing and hitting her. The accusation in fact comes right after another co-worker complaint about her best friend (aka her direct ...
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How to convince HR to let my star employee work from home?

We recently got a new CEO and he took away everyone's ability to work remotely, including that of my most productive team member. As you can guess, everyone's productivity has dropped considerably, ...
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Is my employer allowed to access my office emails without my knowledge/permission?

I work at one of the county government departments. I was accused of wrong conduct at the workplace, which is obviously made up for retaliation by my branch manager and a district manager, because the ...
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Company computer equipment after termination

A friend of mine was fired from her job (seriously asking for a friend here 😂) and asked me about what to do with her company issued computer equipment. The company laid her off during a merger ...
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invoiced one company, got check from other company? how to rectify [closed]

I've just asked the client how they want to deal with this, but... I invoiced one company (client is affiliated with several related organizations... didn't respond to my request to make sure I was ...
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Getting hurt at work while not doing anything work related

I’m in the US and, due to the wonders of the American healthcare system, that will impact the answer. I’m a desk jockey - I write code. For the holidays, I got a fancy new mechanical keyboard. While ...
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California employee being misclassified as a contractor, what can I do about it?

I was hired as a graphic designer at a locally owned stationery store in California about a month and a half ago. From the start I knew something was kind of strange, as I was hired for full time but ...
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Relocating to different city; 1-month notice given, but workers contract says 3-month required and employer is NOT letting me leave

I work at a small private business in USA, California. My family recently decided to relocate to a different city and I cannot keep working at the same company as commute time is unrealistic. I ...
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Avoid salary requirement for exempt employee by changing job title? [closed]

I'm a software engineer working in California. I've been working at my current company for about 5 years and am generally quite happy. Recently, management has been interested in making me an exempt ...
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Dyslexia in the Workplace as an adult and lost opportunities because of it

I work in the IT field and sometimes I make mistakes and mostly its due to my dyslexia. I spell names incorrectly, incorrectly categorize tickets in the system, accidentally click on buttons I ...
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Asking me to sign a document to mention new employer if you leave the company

I have a job offer and they sent me some documents to sign. There is no non-compete agreement but in the termination certificate annex (That I certify I returned all stuff etc) there is a line that ...
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Is it polite to ask the company to mention the future raise -which we had discussed in interview -in their written offer?

I got an offer from a company who just verbally told me "we will give you this much and after 60 days if you were doing well, we will give you a raise for a higher rate ." which they specified. So my ...
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Forgot to reply to a hiring team leader for a big tech company, do I email or not?

About 10 days ago, I ran into a team leader at a big tech company by chance, and by the end of the conversation he had offered me an interview for a position as a software engineer. I'm a huge fan of ...
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Job application question

I have a little bit of a unique and awkward situation I need help with. Last year I was working two part time jobs as a walk on coach at two schools at the same time. I was working probably 6 hours ...
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What are the definitions of insubordinate and inappropriate? [closed]

I am curious what the definitions of "insubordinate" and "inappropriate" are in the context of workplace behaviors.
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Is it common practice to pay USED vacation at the end of the year?

My friend has just learned that their California employer pays out used vacation at the end of the year. Even though the time off for vacation was taken in January, they will not receive money on ...
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How to deal with a huge workplace mistake? [closed]

So, I asked for time off a little over a month ago for the Friday after Thanksgiving and I was under the impression that my boss said he would cover my shift. Yesterday, I texted him to remind him ...
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First Job: How to handle employer insinuating I could be fired for not attending unpaid event?

I'm currently working my first part time job that is paid by the hour where I teach young children. I really love being able to interact with the students and seeing them grow as I teach them. Lately, ...
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Apply for a position in customer's company?

So, my current company is a supplier of company A. I came across a position in company A that interests me. However, that division in A is the one my current employer is supplying for, and what's ...
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Employer wants me to sign non compete with customer, how do I voice my concerns?

I work for a contracting company -- that is, I am a regular employee of the company, it does contract design work for others. One of our customers is requesting that employees working on their ...
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