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Can my former employer sue me if I don't give them the photos I took (taking pictures was not part of my job description)?

I was hired by a company to run demos and do merchandising for their product. Managers found out that I have experience as a photographer and asked me to run a photoshoot for them with the promise ...
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How to determine a reasonable bonus when signing a fixed-term contract? [closed]

(This question is actually for a friend, so I don't know exactly all details). Background: Full time engineer at a large multi-national company. Making about 85k/year after 3.5 years with company. ...
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References from Current Employer

TLDR What is a plausible way to provide a reference from my current employer by way of a colleague (who is in management) without endangering my current potion, his position and doing so that makes ...
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Boss refusing vacation after tentatively agreeing but ticket booked! [closed]

So for the entire month of August I have been indicating to my boss and my team that I would like to take vacation end of Nov/beg of Dec and was saving all my time for then. It was never a problem and ...
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How can I deduce whether I'm just experiencing the impostor syndrome at work or I'm actually inadequate?

I joined the automation team at a big company in my country about a year ago, straight out of university. Since then I've gotten involved in half a dozen projects, but haven't actually completed any ...
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My new job doesn't have work life balance

I just started at a new place of work yesterday and I already noticed they don't have a good work-life balance. I started at 9 am and had to beg to leave by 5 pm. I prefer to work from 8 am to 4 pm ...
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Can an Iranian get an internship at an American company(namely, IBM)? [closed]

Here’s a little bit of backstory: I moved in to Canada from Iran 2 years ago with my family with just a Visitor’s Visa but after I attended school for 6 months, I got my Student’s Visa and I’ve been ...
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Pay if quitting a new job [closed]

I worked 3 days at a new job, and then I had to call in and quit, as my daughter ended ill in another city, and I went there. Do they have to pay me?
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Should workplace pay you for time taken to read employee handbook?

Especially during the on boarding process there is a lot of paper work to fill out. At some companies I worked for this is done during the work day and is paid for. Other companies just send all the ...
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When asked if I've been fired before, should I count times were probationary period hadn't ended?

A while ago I was fired for just cause. They gave me no warning and did it to several other employees. I tried to dispute it with the labor board. I was told the company I had worked for provides a ...
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What positions should I list under employment history/work for job applications if I've had unofficial jobs and have been fired?

I'm looking for a regular part-time job. Some places I apply to require filling out a job application, which includes a portion asking for usually my three last places of employment/work experience. ...
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Work-assigned roommate being disrespectful towards my schedule

I've started a job recently and to complete onsite training at the company HQ, I was assigned an apartment and a roommate. The problem is, even after defining multiple times my boundaries for sleeping,...
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Addressing unnecessary daily meetings with manager?

About 6 months ago I was hired at a startup software company as a Python developer. The company itself is great. I have learned a tremendous amount as I transitioned from academia to industry (I ...
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On cover letters how much contact information for the company being applied to, should there be?

I am trying to get my first full time permanent job with my degree, Computer Science. I have received a lot of contradictory information on the formalities of resumes and cover letters. Should cover ...
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Starting A Company - While Currently Employed

I'm not sure if this is the right place for this type of question - however, I couldn't find a more better one. If there is please point me in that direction. Now, that said - I have recently ...
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Is it reasonable to ask for a cost of living/inflation raise after getting new benefits?

In February, my employer started allowing employee contributions to an RRSP with an employer match of up to $2500/year (which I am taking advantage of). This is kind of a soft raise of a not-...
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Why team meetings are scheduled at lunch time, mostly?

I am just trying to understand other side if any good reasons behind this scheduling. Background: I faced this with 2-3 managers who schedules weekly/monthly team meetings at lunch time( 1-2 pm) on ...
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How to set boundaries and define my role with the people above me?

I am a senior developer working in this team for 4+ years and have deep technical & functional knowledge about 3-4 internal applications that this team is managing. Involved persons: Developer (...
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Moving to a different country soon, when/how do I tell my team/manager?

Due to personal reasons beyond my control, I will be quitting my job and moving overseas this summer for an indefinite amount of time. I have been at my current job for about 6 months now, and I ...
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20 seconds video to introduce yourself; what things to consider?

After applying for a job, I received an email asking to make a 20 seconds video to introduce myself. I wonder what information should I put in this very short video? Is there anything specific they ...
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How to ask my supervisor to read my emails instead of asking me?

I am working in IT and I include my supervisor (Technical Lead) in emails whenever needed. I notify him through Jira tickets ( he will get email notification ) whenever something he needs to be aware ...
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Making a recommendation to a recruiter

I recently got a new position through a recruiting agency. My understanding of the process is that the recruiter makes a commission based on my employment for bringing me into this position. My ...
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What is “Overscoped for Position”? [closed]

Got laid off and in the paperwork that I got from employer it states Overscoped for Position, what does that mean? I tried Googling but nothing like this comes up.
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Boss complains that there are too many people in the morning coffee run at small company [closed]

Upper management (who are the owners of the company) recently brought up that there are too many people going on the morning coffee run at a nearby cafe at once, and that it "disrupts the work ...
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How should I calculate time off in lieu for overtime?

I'm a little bit confused about how time off in lieu is calculated. I'm in Alberta where the government says: "Sometimes, instead of paying overtime pay, an employer may give an employee time off ...
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Offer Letter included employment termination date which had passed

I work for several staffing/marketing agencies. My job is to go to retail location to demonstrate/sample products to increase awareness and ultimately increase sales. Last year I was hired by a ...
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Extremely long shifts in the healthcare system

I wasn't sure where to ask this, but at its core it's a workplace issue more than anything else. I'm in university studying medicine, and fairly soon I have to go through a bunch of internships that ...
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How can I help a team member who's a recent immigrant adapt to a new work culture?

After a recent meeting, one of my team members asked me for feedback and advice on fitting in to work culture in our country (Canada). The team member is a recent immigrant and this is their first job ...
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Is it in bad taste to ask a quitting coworker where they are going next?

I work as a software engineer in an engineering company. Over the years colleagues came and went, and a few of the people I know well have left too. I am generally a curious person so when I heard ...
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Should I assume I have passed probation?

My probationary period passed three days ago, I have not been told if I passed it, and I have my evaluation early next week. Should I assume that I have passed probation?
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Overtime as an engineer in a non-engineering position

I think this is a fairly simple question, but I can't find an answer since it seems very niche. I have a degree in engineering. I have a salaried position in which I am working more than 44 hours per ...
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Innocuous change to help client “cook their own books” [closed]

A colleague and I who work at Company A have been asked to update the website and description of Company B. The relationship between A & B is that Company B is a separate legal entity owned by ...
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Problematic New Manager With Falsified Resume [closed]

Background Several of my friends work for a department of my municipal government. The municipality is small, having about 30 000 people and is in Canada. It also is not covered by any provincial ...
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Can a manager keep tips without informing staff of the rule in advance?

I volunteered at an event. It wasn't my expectation to get paid. However, at the beginning of the event the person doing the "training" said any tips we make, we pool together and divide at the end. I ...
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Question about background check in interview with Government Department

I have an upcoming interview with a government department for a co-op position in my bachelor's degree program. This department retains some people after co-op, so this is the biggest opportunity I've ...
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Will companies in Canada consider someone for an internship after they graduated with a Master's degree?

I am completing my (2-year) Master's degree in Canada and would like to do an internship in Canada after my Master's degree to see if I would like to continue into industry or instead go back to doing ...
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Manager strongly suggests that I do more unpaid overtime during performance review

I have started a new job about 6 months ago. In my performance review, a couple months ago, We were both discussing my own performance, but also what I liked and disliked in the company itself. When ...
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I unexpectedly got a very negative annual performance review - What can I do to spot this earlier in the future?

I recently had an annual performance review in my Full Stack Developer, the first review I have gotten in about 11 months after being at the company for around a year and a half. On the self ...
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Is it okay to mine cryptocurrency with a company machine if I am a part timer? [closed]

I was provided a decently powerful mac book pro valued at $2000 and was wondering if it would be okay if I mined cryptocurrency when I brought the laptop home. Should I be concerned about any ...
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Should I tell my boss my “real” marital status?

Background : I recently moved to a new country and joined a new company. During multiple interviews with my boss, HR and others I was asked if I moved here alone or with my family. I told that for now ...
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For the same payrate, what difference exist between employees and contractors in terms of tax [closed]

This may sound silly but I think I may be under a misunderstanding. I understand that employers don't take off tax from a contractor, so they need to do it themselves. If employers take off tax for ...
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Government hiring process requires a reference from current employer. What should I do?

I successfully passed the the two first steps of the hiring process: a test and an interview. For the final step of the hiring process they are requiring me to provide my current superior's contact ...
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Using paid sick time for a dental procedure [closed]

I am considering the possibility of getting a dental bone graft because I have bone loss in a tooth and this would prevent me from getting an implant. This procedure is technically not required for me,...
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Is it wrong to refuse to work a shift I don't feel comfortable working those hours?

I work at a hotel and there is someone at the front desk 24/7. I once volunteered to work overnights because I love to cook but a few incidents happened and I no longer feel comfortable working those ...
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Would changing my job title on my resume make me fail my background check for a bank?

I would like to change my job title on my resume from something like "Business Analyst" to "Product Manager" (sorry cannot give exact details). All other details are correct - Name of organisation, ...
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Employer is Deleting incriminating emails

My work superior has deleted emails that contain evidence about her wrongdoings from my work email account. Also, emails that support my good work have been deleted. Is there anything I can do about ...
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Employer spoke about my previous medical leave, have they breached my confidentiality? [closed]

I got hurt at work and have been on the Workpace Safety & Insurance Board (WISB) as a work injury. When I spoke with WSIB, the representative said that my employer mentioned to them a week medical ...
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Desk setup causing back issues. What are my options? How to avoid this issue in the future?

At my work, our desks are rather high and not adjustable. I bought a chair I use at home, but the height of the desk seems to be causing back issues which have gotten much worse since the start of my ...
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Can my boss ask people if I'm truly sick? [closed]

I work in a store that's attached to another store that my boyfriend works at. He recently got sick for a week then I got sick shortly after. When he returned to work my manager went to talk to his ...
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How to handle a boss who constantly stares with an angry face in meetings?

Background: I am a software developer with little over of a decade experience in my job, based on India, but now I am working in Toronto through my Indian employer for 3+ years. ( I am a full time ...