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Questions relating to the legal aspects of employment contracts.

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Where do USA IT Contractors find work? [closed]

Which job sites in the USA carry the most contractor positions, specifically for freelance, full time and part time software developers? Are there particular sites you would recommend? I am based in ...
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Which company should I mention on my LinkedIn profile? The IT outsourcing consulting company or the actual client I will work for?

So, here is my current situation: An US IT nearshore outsourcing company called “X” hired me (I live in Brazil, and I will work from home) to work as a contractor for them, and I will work as a ...
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Given high-responsibility project completely unrelated to my expertise [closed]

I work for a local company (UK-based) and am becoming increasingly concerned about a project that has been assigned to me, aswell as some of those in charge. To keep my identity a secret, I’ll refer ...
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Change in terms of contract

UK employee here. I just completed a 3 month notice period at my company. In my contract, it stated that accrued leave is paid for if you resign. However, HR sent an email stating some facts and terms ...
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As a software developer, how to setup a contract with your employer so that you retain ownership of the system you create?

I have an employer that's looking to automate their financial system for account receivable, but they're seriously low-balling the salary. One idea I've been thinking of is to create an employment ...
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No terms and conditions on service provider website

I am self-paying for a series of qualifications to improve my employment prospects. The cost is considerable and states 'no refunds, cancellations or re-schedules'. I then asked the merchant for ...
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What can I do if I don't agree with some of the Employee Handbook terms?

Yesterday, my company created an Employee Handbook. This contains some terms that I am not happy with, and I let them know. I know that it's legally binding, even if I don't sign it, so I want to be ...
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Relocation package and benefits on offer contract

Yesterday, I received a call from a company in the UK, and they let me know that they are willing to make an offer for the software engineer position. The hiring manager asked me my desired salary and ...
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Who (client, supplier, individual developer) should bear the costs of software code understanding/comprehension? [closed]

I am tasked to make some minor changes in our software product. The customer thinks that changes are minor and from the business point of view the customer is right. But the software piece (very ...
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Severance contract requires a lie. Is this enforceable? [closed]

I was recently laid off. A severance package was offered to me, contingent on me signing a contract. The contract has terms that require me to tell anyone who asks that I was not, in fact, laid off, ...
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I have a huge penalty if I violate the resignation notice period. What should I do about it?

I work as a Junior Frontend Dev in an IT company for two months (Kazakhstan). That's my first job. My monthly salary is currently 100 000 KZT. Resignation notice period is one month. If I violate it ...
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Manager making me work extra post-notice (UK—Scotland)

I’ve been working in a retail job for just over a month and realized it and the company are not for me. On Wednesday I therefore gave my notice, orally first to my manager and in writing to the ...
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How do you approach a business partnership contract with a friend?

I am about to start a company with a partner who is also an old friend. We are both going to invest money and work in equal parts. While the trust is total, we are going to write an agreement to ...
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How much notice should I give when my contract is ambiguous about what's required?

I have recently accepted an offer for a new role and they want me to start on the 18th July. I am currently in an extended probation period until 17th July. The wording in my contract states: Notice ...
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Is there any cooldown time between contracts?

I am currently working on a Spanish company, I been hired to substitute a person, that person comes back to work in 4 days, according to law I can’t be working with the person I’m substituting, so, ...
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Refusal to pay my month in hand due to missing contract [closed]

Looking for advice. I'm based in the UK and I have worked for a company for 22 years. I handed in my 4 weeks notice and asked my manager how much wages I would be due. They told me I would be paid ...
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Mentioning NDA-protected projects in portfolio when NDA period expires

My current job contract (in an outsource software development company) explicitly says that I should not disclose "commercial secrets" while I'm employed and within a year after termination. ...
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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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I want to declined a regularization

Hi I am from the Philippines and I want to decline my regularization. I want to move on from them but I could not resign because my contract says if I will resign I should pay them for breaking the ...
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Accepted the offer, sent contract back with my signature, but the company seems to delay signing it

Recently I received an offer from a (software) company. I read and accepted it by printing the contract and signing it, then sending it back to the company (2 copies). The company confirmed it ...
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Getting info/networking with freelancers/contracters in the Silicon Valley

I have 20 years of experience with 10 years in the Bay Area. Till recently I did a full time job for companies like eBay and Google. I recently retired. However, I feel like retiring full time might ...
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Called for civil service while working for a private company: Should I give it a try without resigning my current job even if it violates my contract?

I currently work remotely for an international company. A clause in its contract states that I should not have any other job. But now I was just called to assume a civil service position I applied to ...
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How binding is a signed Offer from a USA-based firm in Germany? [closed]

I'm in Germany. Shortly I got a job offer from a USA-based firm. I've signed this offer. The firm currently registers a german business entity registered and active at the end of Mai 2022. After ...
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As a contractor, how can I handle a client not providing the continuation contract sufficiently in advance to consider other options?

I'm a software engineer, and I started working for a new client. I have two weeks left on the contract, and he verbally promised me that I will get a new contract. I keep asking about it, but I am ...
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Leadership refuses to extend the contract [closed]

I work in a company that employs people all around the world (remotely). Since it does not have bases in particular countries, their employees are essentially contractors that renegotiate the ...
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Should I hand in my notice at my current employer without a contract from my new employer? (UK)

I currently have a 2 month notice period so given the current agreed upon start date with my new employer I'd have to give my notice in tomorrow. However, I am yet to have received a written contract ...
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Should I inform company I plan to leave at the end of my contract

I have a contract with a company that ends next month. Since it is temporary contract and not a permanent role do you believe I should inform management that I intend to leave at the end of the ...
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I’ve had a phone call to say I’ve got job but still waiting on contract etc

I interviewed last Tues and called on Thurs to say I’ve got job. It’s now a week and no contract and details etc.. I told them I needed to give notice. How long before I start chasing??
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Should I tell the recruiter I'm being used as a subcontractor?

I've got a bad sense for these types of things. I recruiting agency hired me for a short term job (less than a month long). On the paper work I'm an employee of the agency. Their client is actually a ...
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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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