Questions tagged [contracts]

Questions relating to the legal aspects of employment contracts.

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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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Renegotiating a start date on request of current employer (after contract signed)?

Context I've recently negotiated and accepted a contract with a new company. My starting date is set to few months away. After signing, I notified my current company of my intent to leave (this seemed ...
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I think my client is holding my work out to be his own [closed]

I think one of my clients (let's call him Stan) is actually doing client work for someone else (let's call him Fred) (who I thought was their business partner), and holding my work out to be their own ...
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Contract with specific end date but need to complete project [closed]

I am working as a paid intern on a project and my contract states it ends at the end of the month. It also states it is my job to prepare a project to be published. I am struggling with the topic I am ...
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Received a copy of my contract that has pages missing

I've just received a copy of my contract I signed back in April 2018, and it appears that the document was scanned and uploaded but there's pages missing. The copy of the contract I received from my ...
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Contract company not paying

I took up a contract with an agency (we'll say Agency), for their client company ("Client"). i don't know the business/legal terminology to describe these -- but in the end, i'm working on ...
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Is my employment contract invalid due to the absence of an explicitly referenced handbook? [closed]

My employment contract explicitly refers to an employee handbook for a number of issues, using the phraseology “see employee handbook”. My employer (a small company) never created an employee handbook ...
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Quitting an internship position before even starting it for another internship

I got myself into a somewhat tricky situation and I would appreciate any opinions on that matter. A week ago company A offered me an internship position which I was happy about and I confirmed via ...
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Is it acceptable to leave my company knowing it will damage the company? [duplicate]

This week I got a new offer from a previous company I applied to, which offers me the opportunity to start coding less and less, and slowly prepares me for the job I've always wanted. I would want ...
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If contract started on 13th and there is a probation period of one month, when does probation end? [closed]

If my first day of work is on the 13th and my contract says there is "one month" probation period, how many days is that? There are no specific dates. It only says "one month". Is ...
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Signing a contract in a foreign language

I have this offer from a Bulgarian company which they send me the contract in both English and Bulgarian, but they have this statement at the end of the contract? It says the Bulgarian version will ...
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Is there a law protecting me from being forced to carry out my old role for less money? [closed]

My business brought in a large-scale IT software product during the pandemic that I successfully interviewed to be the owner of that service, it was a 12-month secondment to the next pay/...
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Is it ethical to ask to postpone contract signing because there might an offer from other company that I prefer?

Currently a company said that they have offering for me and would like to do a virtual meeting tomorrow to discuss about the contract and sign it. However, I also have other company that I prefer and ...
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Company does not want to pay the hours workers were available when servers were off due to a hacker attack. Is it fair?

I work in the finance department of a relatively big corporation that was the victim of ransomware. The servers/applications that my team need were completely off for 7 days because the IT department ...
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I am doing tasks not listed in my working contract

I would like to ask how to deal with my current situation. I was hired as a C/C# developer for embedded hardware and user desktop applications. After a few months working it became clear that there is ...
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Is chat message considered as a legal contract?

I was told by email that I got the remote job with an agreed salary after a job interview from a US company. Then they gave me an email and Slack account for work, subsequently they asked me when can ...
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Is it normal for an employment contract to involve signing over prior intellectual property?

I'm in process of starting a new job, and the employment contract contains a clause that states any intellectual property I created before (!) signing the contract becomes the property of the company ...
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How should I approach my company about a permanent role after my contract ends?

My contract with my current company is coming to an end soon, my direct Manager had told me that they are interested to hire me as permanent. But so far I have not get any communication from ...
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Company late to pay for software engineering contract, unsure what to do next

I just completed a one month software engineering contract. Halfway through, I sent an invoice for half (specified in the contract), and it was viewed but not acknowledged. Yesterday, the last day of ...
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Can I apply for several internships?

For context, I'm a computer engineering student. Internships in general require that the applicant has finished their degree up at most 1 year before the application (question: are there internships ...
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Previous employer won't accept my contractual restraint period doesn't apply outside the US [closed]

I just received a call from my previous employer based in the USA which I had recently left. I left this employer for another employer (in the same industry) in the UK. In this call, my previous ...
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How to proceed with benefits reimbursement? [closed]

In my company, as an employee, I received "benefits" like 25% discount for studying for a master's degree in their university, and for being paid full time for 6 months while doing the ...
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How should I navigate an unfair compensation situation?

Background: I am a former web developer professional who never earned a degree. I developed medical issues that were originally thought to be life altering and enrolled in a college to complete a ...
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HR pushing for contract signature before granting moonlighting exception

Definition of moonlighting: paid work that you do in addition to your normal job I am starting summer internship in a big tech company soon. I am also self-employed and work for a family business ...
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Having failed to meet the timeline, my collaborator asks for my help and covers his mistakes

This is a project involving a lot of companies and teams. As a contractor working for company A, I finished my part, so I am not going to get more money from A. However, Bob from company B failed to ...
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What should be explicitly stated in the contract if the job is going to be done remotely?

I am about to sign a contract with a company for which I'm going to work remotely. There could be meetings once per month, but the rest of the job is going to be done as a home office. This is going ...
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Accepting jobs and just collecting money while waiting to get terminated? [closed]

I was thinking, could you just take advantage of the hot software job market and sign up for a bunch of remote positions and do enough to be present but otherwise be awful so you can collect a month ...
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Potential employer wants previous freelance contracts

Whether this is to verify compensation or work history, I'm not sure. However, I've signed an NDA with one client and the word 'Confidential' is printed on every page of my other contract. I'm new to ...
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Suffering to receive the CDI contract from a Business company

I have been accepted in a business company to sign with them my first CDI employment (permanent employee contract). My question is how long it takes for the company's president to prepare the contract ...
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Can someone be denied a job for not currently studying at university in Austria?

When browsing through job listings, I often come across the term "Werkstudent", as far as I could find out it simply means jobs for students. But I wonder, can I (not a student anymore) be ...
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Did company decide not to hire me? I told them I have another offer so want a reply soon

I recently interviewed for a job that I'm really interested in. Had 3 rounds of interview and cleared all of them. HR then asked for references. After contacting the references I listed, HR sent an ...
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"Working for another company" clause in contract

In my previous job I applied a small bit of Python code that I had previously developed during my academic studies. I made clear that the IP was mine and that, because I generated it in the past, the ...
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UK: Email agreements on top of contract?

I've received a official offer from a company, but haven't yet seen a contract. One of the things I want to ask about is that there are some parts we've discussed via email that offer more ...
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Is a letter of resignation needed when contractual work(Time-Specific) comes to an end?

I am a software developer working in South Africa on contractual work for a period of 6 months, ending this April. The current contract states that there is no expectation of renewal or extension. I ...
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Can an employer cut the probation period pay before signing an contract?

Suppose that an employee finished an interview in which the employer says: "I think your required base rate of 6k per month is acceptable." However, before signing the contract, the employer ...
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Negotiating contract terms - is it acceptable at the moment, how can I do it professionally?

Background Recently I was approached by an ex employer, asking me if I was available to work a 6-month contract with them whilst they undertook a large project. This is an IT support role which I had ...
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How to avoid share dilution when you negotiate the contract

I am about to join a project as a CTO role and the two people who started this project are willing to give me some company shares besides cash payment. How do I negotiate the contract to avoid share ...
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Received job offer restricting cell phone use, permitting workspace searches -- is this normal?

To start, I am a software engineer. I had been interviewing with a company recently and I finally got an offer letter which I signed and sent back to them, and then they sent me a list of rules/...
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Team unresponsive after I signed contract

I was offered a contract with a company. We decided on the compensation, starting date, cleared some doubts regarding the contract and I signed and sent back the contract. The problem starts with the ...
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Can my employer ask me to sign a clawback part-way through training? [closed]

I'm currently in my final year of a sponsored degree. Our company is facing mass redundancies, but I'm confident my job is safe. I never signed a contract agreeing to a clawback to pay back my ...
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Is a long waiting period for an official offer bad?

I recently received two internship offers that I'm enthusiastic about. One is with a very large Fortune 500 company while the other is a mid sized company. The very large company has sent me a ...
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How do I reach an agreement with a client who used to be an employer

I'm in quite a quandary and could use some advice... To start, 'client' is not entirely accurate. I started as a contractor for this company 7 years ago, before being employed full-time a few years ...
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New company gave me a job offer, but doesn't want the contract signed until my first day. Should I be worried?

I am currently working at company A. I got a job offer from company B after 10+ hours of interviews, references, a thorough background check, many conversations with HR etc. I am planning to give my ...
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Company changed working hours from what the signed agreement says

I'm currently working for a company where the core hours are 10am to 3pm. I have signed a contract in the past that says that my core hours are the ones mentioned before and that I must work 40 hours ...
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I got hired as iOS developer, can a company force me to develop in react native the year later?

My company hired me with the role of "Senior iOS Developer". I've spent 1 year developing in Swift, native iOS language. They asked me to convert to React Native since next year, so I will ...
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Company wants me to handle most financial burdens as an expat

I have been able to land a job in a company located in Belgium recently and it is worthwhile to mention, I do not reside in Europe. During my application process, I was asked to pay for my paperwork ...
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Should I begin relocation before receiving official contract?

I received a job offer by email from the head recruiter at a company. It included my salary, start date, position, vacation, when I should pick up work-from-home equipment etc. Since the company is ...
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Former Coworkers Keep Sending Me Small Requests for Tech Help, How to Respond?

I worked for two years at a themed entertainment company as a designer/developer. I worked on a lot of complicated projects using custom electronics and/or microcontroller firmware. I did my best to ...
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How to handle recruiter who behaves like a catfisher?

I think I have been offered a job in the Civil Service (in the UK), but my communication with the in-house recruiter is akin to being catfished. What's happening? The recruiter has never suggested ...
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Reneging a Summer Internship Offer that I already signed

I received a summer internship offer from a financial firm (however, this was not my top choice) and signed the contract as it was my only possible offer and I have not been hearing back at all from ...

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