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Questions about the workplace that may specifically relate to cultures, customs or laws in Canada

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Is it acceptable to get fired for asking for personal leave? [closed]

I was recently let go (fired) from my employer, however, it was not due to my performance nor was it my attendance. I needed a week off (unpaid) due to a family emergency and they thanked me for ...
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How to help an under performing colleague

I have a colleague (lets call him Harry) who is constantly either forgetting do work, or only half doing it. I work in an IT shop that is currently still practicing the waterfall method of development....
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Can I “rent” a Canadian Professional Engineer (P.Eng.)? [closed]

I'm working with a startup in Canada, and we're at about the 18 month mark where we get to do our final sales demo. Everything has gone great so far, and we've grown the company from 2 employees to 20,...
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Do employers share do-not-hire/background-check blacklists? [closed]

I applied for a technical job at a small satellite office in Canada for a very large US company. The overall interview process went great, I felt, but I did not get the job, leaving my frustated, ...
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Remote work for US company as Canadian citizen

Lately i was approached by several recruiters for US based companies for positions they have opened locally. Two of them have assured me that there is no issues working as Canadian Citizen for US ...
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Can my boss deny me a day off request because it's for a potential hangover? [closed]

Our Xmas party was just announced and it's going to be on a Thursday, in over 2 months' time (Dec 14th). I asked for the next day off. As far as I am aware, there is sufficient cover and I asked for ...
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Contract complete and client now asking for lots of personal info

I friend of mine connected me with a job to create a computer program, given a set of specifications. My only point of contact was an anonymous email address (e.g. joeblow@example.com ). They never ...
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Highlight my masters experience in my resume, when I won't be finishing the degree?

In Ontario, Canada. I'm feeling like I'm doomed after reading multiple articles online regarding an unfinished masters as a black mark of death. So, like many other students, I have not flourished in ...
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Is it appropriate for your wealthy boss to host a customer at their mansion?

I work for a small startup (< 10 people). We're all "white-collar" folks that live in apartments or "normal" sized homes in a city with a population of about 70K. My co-workers and I have typical ...
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Balancing two jobs

I'm a high-schooler in Ontario and I currently work part-time 1 day/wk at an educational service for kids. They have set my time slot to Monday, though I could ask for it to be moved. I've applied ...
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Declining a job offer after acceptance [duplicate]

A bit of context: due to corporate restructuring I will not have a job in a couple of months. So I have been searching for a job and I already have few promising interviews lined up. But I got an ...
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Is it rude to wait to deposit a cheque? [closed]

A few weeks ago, I received a reimbursement cheque for a company perk from my employer. I have not gone down to my bank to deposit it simply because it is inconvenient (but not impossible) for me to ...
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How can I move past being burnt out when working long hours?

I'm in my 30s, married with a couple of kids. I have been working at a company for the past 3 years. Last year our company bought a competitor that was having financial issues, and laid off most of ...
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Internship and can't make deadline. Should I work unpaid extra time?

I am currently working as an intern (with a good pay). I have had trouble on my project, and took more time than what was expected of me to find what was wrong with a part of it. Now the deadline is ...
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I have five plus years of experience as graphic designer but I graduated very recently [closed]

I have five plus years of experience as a graphic designer but I graduated only very recently. Is my experience considered only after graduation or also before? I got paid for the jobs and I have ...
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Overpaid 3 pay periods, months ago. Forced to pay back? [duplicate]

A little back story. I was part time at my job working 25 (instead of 37.5) hours a week for a few months. Our pay roll had changed during this time to twice and month instead of bi-weekly. I made ...
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Wasn't told about deadline for applying to new job benefits

I started a new job a couple months ago. The first few months were training where we sat in a classroom with the same instructor each day. The company provides many employee benefits, including ...
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Taking notes during a daily stand up?

Recently our team has decided to take part in daily stand up meetings. The team is very small (4 or 5 people including myself) everything I have read online says not to take minutes/notes at the daily ...
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How to protect junior staff from abuse by shady employer

I've been working at a startup for about 18 months now. I used to report to the key engineer for my division, but he left a couple months after I started. It's to my understanding that he worked crazy ...
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Answering a salary range VS a specific one

Out of curiosity, when a recruiter is asking what salary do you have in mind, I have read and a lot of people have told me to answer with a range. For example, $90,000 to $99,000 instead of $95,000. ...
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Deducing required qualifications from North American job adverts [closed]

I've noticed that there tends to be a trend in North America of defining rather "vague" requirements for technical positions, contrasted with e.g. in some countries, where a position might advertise ...
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Should I disclose my drinking habits as a “disability”? [closed]

I'm facing possible dismissal because I had a lot of drinks at an unofficial work gathering (poker after hours in the cafeteria). I had a bit too much, and passed out, and the cleaning crew reported ...
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Handling interview with manipulative colleague from past job

At my new company, I've done well for myself, but one of the engineers from my last company (a senior one that was buddy-buddy with the CEO of Miserable Company Inc.) is applying to my current company....
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Agency requires that I create a business to accept contract work. Will I get in trouble with the law for doing this? [closed]

I recently accepted a job offer from a Staffing Agency after interviewing with the company. The agency says I must be Incorporated as a business (and specifically not a sole proprietor) in order to be ...
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Coworker Frequently Absent due to Medical Reasons, can they be fired? [closed]

As stated in the title, one of my coworkers is rarely in the office due to medical reasons. They do sometimes log on from home if they're feeling up to it, but their actual time spent in the office ...
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Should I disclose mental health to my employer?

I'm in a bit of a rut as I just came back from the medical assessment for my job and due to my depression, the medical officer did not sign my medical form which I was told was needed to complete the ...
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Employer demanding I sign additional paperwork before final pay check

I just served my 2 weeks notice to my employer, resigning from my role as a lead web designer in a small company in Eastern Canada. Most of my colleagues understand, as they themselves are planning ...
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Is it discrimination to post a job in a non-official language? [closed]

Today I came across a job posting for several FW/SW devleoper positions in a company (the job location is supposed to be in Canada). However, the job posting and job descriptions are entirely in ...
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Boss asking for account passwords she can reset before I resign

I'm leaving a company I've been with due to the boss reneging on various promises, bonuses, etc. After declining counter-offers and other incentives, the boss started become hostile towards me, and ...
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Can I quit a part time fast food job with a toxic environment without notice and forget I ever did it?

I am currently studying in university full time while working at a fast food joint part time on the weekends. I really dislike the toxic environment in this place and am leaning strongly towards ...
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Should I leave my maternity leave position for previous job? [closed]

I took a position at workplace "B" five months ago. I was supposed to cover for a maternity leave position. It is not in my usual field of work, but at the time I wanted something different. ...
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Should you (and must you) answer how much you got paid in a previous job? [duplicate]

Today I went to an interview. We talked for awhile and then the interviewer said "ok great, fill this out for me! I'll be back in a minute" and left me with an application form to fill out. A lot of ...
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Giving more than one week's notice when only entitled to one week of severance

In Canada, if one is only entitled to one week of severance pay if laid off (ie: worked for a company for less than 1 year, but completed the 3 month probationary period), should one give more than ...
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Resources for finding first real job after completing degree

I recently completed school with my degree in Computer Science. Are there any resources for finding specifically entry level jobs? I’ve been to a few job websites and there are so many that instantly ...
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Should cover letter etc. be addressed to recruiter?

I am new in the tech industry and am applying for my first real position. I've noticed there are a lot of recruiters and this is something I'm not very familiar with. It's my understanding that there ...
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Negotiating salary using range

Preamble: I'm somewhat new to the workforce (only 2+ years worth of employment - with 1+ years being on my current position). Context: I always have problems with salary negotiations and I always ...
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Getting work through a recruiter

I have been in contact with a number of people who's title is "recruiter". They all know of job prospects for multiple companies, so they don't seem to be attached to one company. I've heard getting ...
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Is it normal to stay late working without the extra pay? [closed]

I work in a retail store. Being the new guy I always get the closing shift. Usually there is only one other coworker for the closing shift, and we have a specific set of tasks including locking ...
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Does signing a offer letter mean I am tied to them?

I recently signed a post grad position starting in September (9 months away). The offer is fairly laxed, it doesn't have a set start date except (August 2017) as they are still finalizing details of ...
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New job hasn't confirmed starting date and I want to give current employer as much notice as possible

I have applied for a new job that has a lengthy hiring process. They keep telling me I will be working for them soon and that the paper work is just a formality, but I still haven't got a final offer ...
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What does “being sworn in” do?

I am looking to start a job with a provincial government subsidiary. I have been asked to come in today to be sworn in, but I’m not really sure what that means? I haven’t received an official letter ...
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Giving change in smaller denominations so customers can tip?

I started working in a liquor store. There is a tip jar beside the cash register that some customers donate to. After a purchase, I normally give change back from highest bills to lowest (e.g. I would ...
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8-5 One hour unpaid [closed]

I signed a contract stating that I will be working 8am-5pm with one hour unpaid lunch. No where in my contract states that I get breaks or any paid break through out the day. Are they able to do ...
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Being fired, am I supposed to sign a paper? [closed]

I've been fired from my job because of personality clash with one of the employees. My work was more than satisfactory. I was told that my probation was being extended (this is my 5th month now) by ...
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Are probational periods a bad sign? [closed]

I know it's not all uncommon, but someone I was speaking to today suggested that how companies have probational periods at the start of an employment, usually it isn't favor of the employees. I used ...
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How (and if) to ask to be paid for overtime (Ontario Engineer) [duplicate]

So I'm in a bit of a tricky situation right now, and would like some advice. Here is the relevant background information: I am a salaried employee (engineer in training) based in Ontario, Canada. ...
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Do tech people need to know French to work in Vancouver, BC?

UX designer living in the United States but struggling to find work in or around my city. This, despite attending meetups, connecting with other professionals and honing my skills every day. ...
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Mandatory unpaid lunch meeting

Context: I work in a small size (25) IT company in Canada for about 8 months. And I'm paid by hour, I punch time in a software. At my job, they really like to do meetings during lunch time, about 2 ...
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Interns I'm training don't care and it affects my performance

I work as a software developer and I was recently given responsibility for training 5 interns. As part of their college course, they have to complete an internship for 8 months for course credit. The ...
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How can I best notify management of a toxic coworker?

My workplace has been dealing with an extremely rude coworker and I'm looking for the best way to describe or document that behavior so I can escalate the problem to management or HR. This colleague ...