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Questions tagged [contracts]

Questions relating to the legal aspects of employment contracts.

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How to decline to sign a contract after having already done the work?

Sometimes I do temporary work through staffing agencies. It's happened on a few occasions that they present me with "paper work to fill out" after the work has ended and before I receive pay. ...
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Employment contract and expected hours worked (UK)

In an employment contract it states the minimum number of hours which is 37.5 which appears to be the standard, however it also states that some flexibility is necessary and from time to time the ...
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Salary employee (software developer) held personally liable for client's data loss or exposure (GDPR)

I'm working as full time software developer at relatively small IT company (around 15 employees) which itself is a part of larger group of small to mid sized companies. In preparation for EU's new ...
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What could happen should i refuse to sign an unreasonable employee sponsorship contract?

I was asked by my company to attend a training course provided by a third party, the aim of the course was to provide me with sufficient training in order to achieve a particular qualification. I ...
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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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Changing housing agreement after contract is signed

I just received my first real job offer working as an engineer in a rotational program. The company extended the offer letter along with other information and documents about two months ago. In those ...
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Being held hostage to pass my probation

Yesterday I had a meeting with management about my probationary period. Today is has been 4 months since I started at the company but the probationary period is supposed to be 3 months. I didn't ...
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Agreement between employee and employer for use of personal equipment

I'm going to start a position where I have voluntarily offered to use my personal equipment to perform my duties for the company with the understanding that if any damage would occur to my equipment ...
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Late contract package

I have been working for my company for a year part-time, but I have got a promotion to become a full-time worker. My company had been applying the new hourly rate, but it has been over two weeks ...
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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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No contract for a month

In my country is a very common situation for technology companies to require a "training period" for their new recently graduated employees, in the company I am in this one lasts for 9 months (though ...
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Interviewing as a tech company contractor, but saw a permanent job listing for the same role

I’m currently in the phone interview stage for large tech company ABC. Already spoke with the hiring manager and some potential team members, so I’m currently waiting to hear if I’m onto the next ...
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Want to work flexible hours just for myself due to traffic etc — no family commitments. How to ask?

I'm working the "standard" hours as per our contract and I am now driving 3.5 hours a day (only about 14 miles each way) due to peak time traffic. It's only been like this for about 3 months about of ...
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Can I get all signed paperwork from previous employer?

Is a company legally required to provide all forms/contracts I signed with them? I quit a job and the guy leading me through the exit process conveniently "forgot" to give me a copy of one of the ...
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Can a contract abruptly end? [closed]

Today I had my review and the manager told me they are ending the contract because budget has been slashed. Whereas as per my contract it still got 4 months to go. Is it normal for companies to cut a ...
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Can company claim inventions made by employee/contractor while not on the clock? [closed]

I recently graduated with my degree. I haven't been able to find work in my field yet and have been doing various things to make money. I contacted a marketing agency/staffing agency that offered to ...
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Handling a catch-22 between long notice period and signing at a new employer

I've seen some other questions with good answers regarding long notice periods, but here's a specific situation I'm wondering about. Where I live notice periods can get quite long for both being laid ...
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How do you leave a job with a three month notice period?

I've just accepted a job as a senior developer. In my contract it says that my notice period is three months. In the past I've always had 4 weeks or one month, which is standard for office jobs in ...
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Reneging on a signed contract, but haven't started work yet (UK) [duplicate]

Yesterday I accepted a job offer and signed a contract for that offer. However today I have received a offer that is many magnitudes better, I wasn't expecting it to come in at all. Is it legal to ...
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How should I ask my boss for vacation days for a period after my contract may end

To give some context: I'm 21 and I've worked in IT fields since I graduated from HS, I was hired at this company last June for a 4 months fixed-term contract, I was usually assigned to a wide range of ...
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What do I do when I book travel at my expense, but my employer won't pay until the travel has happened?

I work for Contracting Firm X which coordinated a long-term contract with Company Y (which is where I go to work each day). Firm X pays me and offers me benefits, handles basic HR functions, etc. ...
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Is it too early to ask for a raise when renegotiating contract, after 7 months?

I work as a programmer in a small company in Germany and I was hired for my (totally junior) position of Android developer after taking a master degree in computer science. I had never worked before, ...
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Joined a new company but not yet received the offer letter yet

I have already joined the new company and have been working for the past 10 days but I haven't received any offer letter or salary breakage slip yet. Is it better to quit the job or continue. I don't ...
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Need written confirmation or contract?

I am collaborating with a marketing person to pitch a software idea in a competition where $50k is the prize/seed investment in the business. Work has not begun but the marketing person and I have ...
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UK - does this “Outside interests ” clause pertain to working hours only?

I was reviewing a contract before signing and found this clause: 4.1 Subject to clause 4.3, during the course of your employment you shall not, except as a representative of the Company or with ...
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Internally blasted for not finishing work due first quarter by end of January

Situation: On the 2nd of January I had a meeting with my supervisors and agreed on a new task list for the new year, one big task specifically assigned to be finished for end of first quarter (late ...
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How an employee can terminate a signed contract the starting date of the employment is not until 2 and half months?

Its going to be a week after signing a contract with a firm in Germany but the start date of the employment is not until 2+ months. The contract mentions nothing about how to terminate a contract ...
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Getting paid an hourly rate to take a programming assessment as a part of an interview

I'm a programmer and I am currently interviewing for a new position. One of the companies that I interviewed with gave me two assessments which required me to work through some code problems at home. ...
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Is job contract ending similar to being laid off? [closed]

I've been working on a contract for over a year and lately the amount of work available has decreased. I have been paying into unemployment through my contracting company. If the contracting company ...
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How can I stop my boss in Germany from bullying me without worsening my future job prospects?

I am a foreigner who recently started a minimum wage job in Germany that I think I can't replace easily at all. My employer has been behaving strangely, for example by being very friendly and offering ...
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When I receive my contract after handing in formal job offer

Ive got a question for you. Last month I have applied for the job position After couple days they called me with an interview. Attended to the interview - successful and after another couple days I ...
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UK temporary agency worker training full time permanent colleague

Good evening everyone, I reside in the UK and I have been working on behalf of an agency for a company on a temporary basis for 6 months now. Recently (2 months ago) a new colleague with no ...
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Difference between contract working hours and “real” working hours

I was offered a contract with an Education institution in Ireland for working in a research project with a Company (In Company's place). So all the hiring process was done while I was still in my ...
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How to objectively measure work-done in a share of income contract?

Background I'm developing a web-application for an active shooter defense training company. They go to organizations all around the country and teach them how to be best prepared for a horrible ...
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What should I think of a company that never handed contracts to their employees until I started to ask for one? [closed]

I recently started working for a company. Since the first day I asked for a contract to sign, and HR told to wait a bit. A month passed and I discovered nobody had a contract, even those that have ...
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Disclosing a confidential non-solicitation agreement

I recently accepted a job offer. One stipulation of the offer is that I "have fully disclosed...any...non-solicitation...agreement...to which you are a party...(and which you are permitted to disclose)...
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Germany contract: no pension, no holiday / travel allowance

I am considering a mid-level engineering (IT) position in Germany. I am an EU citizen myself, but outside Germany, and unfamiliar with German companies or laws. Now, with regard to negotiating, I ...
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Fast tracked pay points - now asked to pay it back as it was the condition of the contract

I don’t know if I’m in the wrong or my company is right in asking for this? But about a year ago a new contract was introduced that would make you jump pay points based on completing a portfolio (not ...
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Remote Non-US. What is the difference between Full-Time and Independent Contractor?

I'm working remotely for a US company as an independent contractor. I'm in Latin America, non-US citizen. I've worked for almost 2 months part-time. They said they will be making me full time after 2 ...
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Informally degraded from a Lead role / Bad contract

A year ago I started working as an app developer for a small start-up (backed by the gov.) I was the first employee and was asked to take full responsibility when developing the app, both when it ...
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How to handle a “non-compete clause” on the employment contract?

One of my friends was selected to a large software company to work as a web developer after a successful interview. He got the agreement letter and when he was reading it, he found an unfair term. It ...
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What to do if there is no work but there is 4 months left on my contract? [duplicate]

I was hired as a software engineer contractor to solve a particular problem in a big tech company. I feel like I've solved it, because there is less and less work coming my way, but there is still 4 ...
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Recruiting agencies vs direct applications [closed]

I have always applied for my past and current job in companies with a direct application. For reference, I am currently based in EU. Recently I've got couple of interesting contacts from a couple of ...
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Failed to get a position through a contracting company. Can I try again on my own?

About six months ago my contracting company recommended a position to me at company A. I agreed to interview through the contracting company. I interviewed well and was given a verbal offer. After ...
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Can a company fine you if you don't accept their offer after looking at the contract? [closed]

Say you've been given a verbal offer, and the company takes a few days to draw up the contract. When receiving the contract, you decide not to accept the offer. Can the company demand to be ...
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What if I won't sign the contract immediately?

I was in an interview and I'm pretty confident I will get the job. I'm wondering one thing. If they asks me to come to the office to sign the employment contract, what will they react if I say that I ...
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How to resign when I can't access the designated portal to submit it HR says I have to?

I'm out on holiday outside the country at the moment and don't have access to my company laptop. I contacted HR to resign and was told my resignation has to be put through a designated company portal. ...
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Doing independent contracting during vacation time [closed]

I've had my first full-time job for almost 3 months when I got an opportunity to teach a 2-week course for another company on a technology that my current company is about to start using next year. ...
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How can I avoid working for free in my bachelor internship?

In order to finish my bachelor's degree, I am required by my university to complete an internship. During the internship, I worked in a company. After the internship, there is some sort of write-up ...
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First job offer confusion: Signing contract on the starting date?

So I recently accept a job from an international tech company to work in their office in California. The recruiter (also the manager at the office)first gave me a draft offer letter and ask if I have ...