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Contractor: Sick Pay and Company Contract

I work as a contractor in the UK and am predominantly employed by one Company with whom I have a contract. There is a clause in my contract which states: In the event that the contractor is unable ...
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How do I repair relationship with Client after we had a misunderstanding over work availability? (Reposted in freelance, can't delete here)

I've reposted this into freelance stack exchange as this is related to a freelance contractor. I'm unable to delete it from here, but I welcome your thoughts and opinions. My client sends me a message ...
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Employer is forcing me to change from a contractor to an employee

Today, the company that I work for announced that they will no longer employ contractors and are requesting all contractors to become Employees in the near future. I have been with the company for 20 ...
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How to get commissions owed if contract was breached by owner [closed]

My firm was contracted to open a used car dealership. Took me 5 months to open the dealership due to previous owner being non-compliant within the City. Owner was impressed, as others had tried to ...
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Why would employee be paid less than contractor?

I am currently working as an external contractor in a technology company in Switzerland with a role of software test engineer. The current employment is hourly-based with a very competitive salary, ...
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Where do recruitment agencies find open positions?

I want to cut out the middlemen and work C2C for future contracts, but rarely see C2C positions posted. However there's no shortage of contract jobs from recruitment agencies and I would like to ...
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How can I best explain in a interview that my contract was terminated?

My goal is to get another job as soon as possible. Some months ago I was hired by an US company as a remote worker (I am not an US person, I am not an US resident). I signed a consulting agreement. I ...
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Should I be legally considered a full-time employee, rather than an independent contractor?

I work remotely for a small US startup as a contractor (the contract I have signed is a consultancy agreement), and I am based overseas. While reading other posts on this website, I have started ...
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Practical, day-to-day differences between contracters and W2 software engineers

What practical, day to day differences are there for work between contractors and W2 employees, specifically for software engineers? I know that contractors are paid differently and they don't get ...
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Is it common for a contracting agency to share my pay rate with the client?

So I'm in a contract to perm job. I was hired by an agency and get an hourly rate to work for a company. I'm expecting to be offered a permanent position with the company in October. I'm wondering how ...
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Change in UK employment to French contractor: What to look out for? [closed]

I am a British citizen and live in the UK. I am employed by the UK branch of a French company. Apparently, in October, a change to UK legislation may make the UK branch -- which has very few employees ...
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Do I have copyright for uncharged work when being on contract

I am a contractor working for a client in EU. In order to cover the requirements of the application we are building I wrote a small implementation of a framework. At least for half of the work on this ...
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How should I let the custodian know that he needs to stop mopping our floors with dirty water?

I have noticed that the new custodian in our workplace often mops our floors with dirty water. The water in the mop bucket is usually dark and it sometimes smells bad. I have never seen him stop ...
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What to do when company insists they need personal information they don't, like SIN for a contractor?

Sometimes I do very short term work as a contractor (like one or two days). Sometimes companies insist I use their template for filling out my invoice. Some insist they need my SIN (SIN is Canada's ...
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Long-term contractor behaving like a FT employee? [closed]

The extreme case where it is clear is you hire someone to install say the phones. He obviously does that and leaves. But I have worked in companies where a contractor might stay for years and attends ...
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Contract says joining bonus to be returned if contractor quits within a year. Is 1 year the only value they see? [closed]

Update: This question was closed as "asking legal advice". I'm not asking for legal advice. I'm asking about the mentality/objective companies have in mind when doing such things. When a ...
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Contractors damaged my property while I was at work

I ride my bike to work daily. Outside our office building, there are multiple rows of bike racks installed. For the last 3 months, there have been contractors doing work around the building, about 50 ...
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Contractor closed out from new contracts with big department in organisation

This question relates to Norway, the business culture is northern. I have the following problem. I have been working as contractor for Organization X 7 years. Not one stretch but let's say 3 periods. ...
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How to ask for a raise as a contract worker

I am an Indian national, working in Singapore on a work visa (EP). I am currently working on a contract position. That means, I am working for company, but on an HR agency's payroll. I had worked in ...
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Are you entitled to walk away after contract expires?

Many South African employers employ full time workers on contract basis to reduce their benefit obligations and to have it be easier to fire them. My own mother has been working for UNISA on contract ...
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Conflict of Interest Disclosure Determination Form - Do I need a disclosure form if I stopped working the contracted position before the new job?

For my new job (not as a contractor), my employee packet includes a question about whether I am "currently engaged or intend to engage" in a different job. I can verify that I have not ...
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What is the point of a contract time period?

Let's suppose a employer, via a third party, signs a contractor to work for them full-time on a 1 year basis. What is the point of the 1 year basis agreement if both the employer and employee can ...
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How to investigate contractor under a fraudulent identity without tipping them off?

I am senior lead / team lead in the cybersecurity division of my employer located in the United States. I recently hired a contractor to work on pen testing (highly privileged role having access to ...
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How should my company deal with contractors that ignore our technical guidance?

I'm a senior software engineer that works in a small group (4 other colleagues and one immediate manager to us). For an R&D project, we work with a contractor to develop some software tools and do ...
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Must I provide information to former employer they claim is needed for tax?

I had a short term job where I was hired as a contractor. I was fired for something I didn't do. After I was fired the company wanted me to give them my home address. The agreement was I would be paid ...
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If you get sent home early (for no fault of your own) should you still get paid for the time?

What should a contractor do in the following scenario: Background: The contract is between the employee and the recruiting agency that got the employee the job. Today the work was done 1.5 hours early ...
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How to not burn bridges when rejecting an offer after I said I was ok with it?

I've been interviewing with a staffing agency for many of their open positions that they have told me about. One recent one was a contract-to-hire role and they asked if I was okay with that. I ...
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Asking for things outside of contract - how to end working relationship as quickly as possible?

I was a software developer who worked as contractor for a non-profit up until a few days ago. The business relationship ended because their expectation of me was to do the work of multiple programmers ...
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Can my US employer withhold tax if I'm not a US-resident/citizen working outside of the US?

I receive an offer from a company in the US to work as an independent contractor. I'm not a US citizen nor a US resident, I will be working online as a contractor from outside the US. Will I have to ...
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After completing a contract they are asking me to shred hundreds of pages worth of documents. Should I ask to be paid or take it to pros?

I work for a contracting agency. I was given a large amount of special papers/documents for a recent assignment. I'm estimating there are hundreds of pages. Now that the job is over my boss has asked ...
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How to communicate to manager of staffing agency I'm not OK with being sent home early especially when shifts are already short?

I am doing work through a small staffing agency. I am working for a particular client for about 2 months. The owner of the agency is really nice but I'm getting frustrated with how frequently he ...
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Training went longer than expected due to equipment not working. Should I invoice the extra time? [closed]

I work as a contractor. The client provided me with specialized equipment. There was a training video conference call. In it, there were 2 instructors and about 3 or 4 other students. During the ...
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For small amounts of unexpected expenses, do contractors normally provide proof with invoices?

I was provided with equipment that started having issues charging. My manager told me to call the tech support line. The number was in a different country. I was charged about $15. The manager said if ...
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How to deal with the boss not paying, and being manipulative

I'm in the Caribbean, I started working for a US company back in Jan 2020 as a contractor. He would pay every 2 weeks, and he said I could get a raise after seeing my work, I work full time, 40hrs/...
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Screening interview with agency before company

I've been contacted by a recruiter about an IT contract role, which sounded interesting but then they called me again and said they're obviously keen to put me forward but that I'd have to do an 30m ...
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How do I approach a workplace about multiple open positions as a contractor?

Summary: I work as a contractor for company, but would like to move into full-time permanent position there. How can I leverage my status to get the desirable position? I have one interview already ...
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What to do when tasked with something that obviously doesn't make sense [closed]

Someone had came to me with a job offer that sounded really good. I had high hopes but it turned out to be a train wreck. We worked in a very distributed environment. Our team consisted of about 5 ...
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Why would someone try to hide information about the company they are hiring contractors for? [duplicate]

A friend put me in contact with someone who is hiring contractors. Aside from the job title, the person hasn't given any real information. I directly asked what the name of the company was and to see ...
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How much should you charge when going from full-time to contract? [closed]

I worked for a company as an hourly employee for approximately 6 years and earned about $35/h plus perks (profit sharing, health insurance/benefits, RRSP matching, company laptop). I wasn't guaranteed ...
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Problem working as mobile developer (contractor )

I am working as a contractor hourly basis as a mobile application developer (I have 3 year experience, I am the only mobile developer). We don't have any document or anything, but I admit it is a ...
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In contractual jobs in the software development space, do compensation increases happen annually or at the start of each contract renewal?

If I was hired in January and my contract expires and will be renewed in July, should I expect a salary increase then or at the end of the year like everybody else?
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Too lengthy NDA, should I ask for keypoints?

I recently got a contract for 3 months. The NDA after me signing up the contract came in which is too lengthy and very technical requiring mostly me not disclosing about my work etc. I never had ...
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Will a company change a posted job description to reflect a candidate's salary request?

A month into a six month contract-to-hire role, it was communicated to me by my contracting agency and the company I work with that, should I accept, a process would begin to buy-out my contract and ...
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How not to lose reputation in contact with contractors in a changeable landscape?

I'm in IT. I'm responsible for project management including finding and managing vendors/ contractors. The industry I'm in isn't very big in my country, people know each other. I myself work for a big ...
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Redundancy for transitioning from employee to contractor

I am currently a web developer for an Australian company, in a full time salaried position. Due to COVID we have much less work, and redundancies are expected. My manager has been put under pressure ...
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Concerned about background check and weird employment history

So I recently just got an offer for a really cool company and I have one last concern: the background check. Long story short I worked at another company as a contract-to-hire on a ridiculously long 4 ...
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On exit interview was told not to say name of company/client I worked for

I was contacted by someone offering me paid work. Call him Bob. Bob has a sole proprietorship, call it X. His only client who he works full time for as a contractor is Y. Y gave him a budget to hire ...
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Started as a contractor at my current company with a laptop they purchased on their credit card, is it mine?

The current company I work for full-time, started off with me working as a contractor for them being paid hourly. About two years into working with them, the director of IT purchased a laptop for me ...
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How does overtime work for hourly contractors? [closed]

As an hourly contractor how does overtime typically work? I have been keeping under the 8hrs/day, but due to university commitments will be shifting a significant portion of my hours onto the weekends ...
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As a contractor, is it normal to supply your own computer and install the client's (proprietary) software on it?

I had a short term contract. Given how short it was, I initially thought there wouldn't be much of a learning curve or on boarding process. I was wrong. Through out the duration of the contract it ...
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