Questions tagged [contracts]

Questions relating to the legal aspects of employment contracts.

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What are the repercussions on my career of quitting a contract job before it expires? [closed]

I have almost 9 months left in my contract and I have an interview with another company next week. I am considering terminating the contract earlier if the company gives me an offer, however I am ...
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How do I limit the scope of my job duties to my domain of expertise? [closed]

I am wondering how professional it is to demand a (change in the existing) work contract that will either limit your exposure to a certain domain of duties that match your professional background or ...
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NDA - Invention after termination of engagement [closed]

I'll have to sign an NDA as part of a job as a consultant. The job is only for a few weeks, yet the NDA states something along the lines of "any invention that was made 1 (one) year after contract ...
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How close to contract expiring should I expect notification?

I am a contract worker and my contract is expiring at the end of the year (2 Weeks). When should I be expecting a definitive answer to whether the company is going to extend my contract or not? Is ...
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Why do (some) large companies require that individual contractors come through a vendor?

I work at a large company as a contractor. Every contractor at the company goes through one of several vendor companies whom the client company pays and then they pay us W-2. The vendor company does ...
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When should I negotiate a salary for a contract-to-hire offer?

I am a graduating engineering student in the US. One of the positions I'm perusing is a contract-to-hire position, meaning that I'm will be an hourly employee with no benefits for a set period of time ...
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How do I approach my boss about possible errors in my paycheque?

I applied for a job a short time back whose starting wage was $50K. After working there for a while I went through my payslips and calculated the amount, reversing tax and super, etc. I find Im only ...
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Who owns the rights to code I contribute to a gpled open source project while at work? [closed]

When I was hired as an intern, I signed all sorts of paperwork (which I'm told isn't legally binding anyway because I'm a minor), some of which was about "inventions"; inventions I had made that I ...
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How do I find out what I'm worth? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I determine a reasonable salary to ask for? As a Software Developer I don't yet know enough about my industry to know what kind of pay to expect (although I have an ...
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Quitting an exploitative job

My best friend is working in a small firm (approx 20-30 people) which has recently gone under change in management. The new partner/director treats employees like hell & has clear ideology of ...
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Have I verbally accepted an offer, or just expressed interest in seeing a contract?

I'm considering two job offers at the moment. Company A called, offered me the job "If you're still available". I said "Yes, I am definitely interested". They gave me a contract. Company B called and ...
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Boss Wants me to Write an Invoice?

I've been working at a place for over 6 months now, and my workplace has paid my hours with a government grant. Now they are eligible for up to 12 weeks more funding from another source, but it would ...
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Old contract expired, new one has not yet been issued - should I keep working for them?

I've worked without signing a work contract extension for about a month for a big software company. They have promised me an extension and a pay raise before the previous contract ended. The time to ...
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How should I format a research agreement with my employeer?

I have been given verbal agreement by my employer to use an aspect of a project we are going to be working on here at the office as my Masters thesis project. However, the school wants some sort of ...
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Agreeing to mandatory arbitration as condition of employment — what rights are given up?

A relative of mine is working for a New York firm that has recently had to pay after being sued for workplace harassment & retaliation. Now, they are requiring that all employees sign an ...
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How to leave a job and offer services as an independent contractor [closed]

I have been working with a company, building their infrastructure and software systems for the past 7 years. Their software (hosted applications) and the services around the software are what they ...
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When is a low paid contractor on retainer actually an employee?

Three years ago, I got hired as an independent contractor for a small company where we had a lot of contact with the owner. Then, my contract expired and things started get a little funny from there. ...
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What is the difference between freelancer and contractor?

I have been hearing about freelancers, especially in the software industry. What is the difference between freelancers and contractors? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each? As to my ...
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Resignation notices when doing part-time work as a 1099 contractor

I have been doing part-time/casual time work from home under a 1099 contract for a company that a friend works at. This is a side job for me and I have been noticing that life responsibilities are ...
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Is 3 months notice reasonable for a Development Manager Role [closed]

Is a 3 month notice period unusually high for a development manager position? This is at the junior end of the management spectrum, it will be my first management role. I am concerned that future ...
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Are constant changes to a projects requirements a sufficient reason for terminating a contract?

I have serious problem with one of my clients and I am trying to determine if I should terminate the contract or not. I am doing web site and application design for a client. I estimated the project ...
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Locked in to salary when accepting a long contract extension?

I've been offered a long contract extension after having worked relatively short period. The salary would be the same as before and I'm thinking that if I sign it, I won't be able to negotiate the ...
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Is it professional to cut out a middle-man in a contract chain?

I currently work via 2 contracting companies: CompanyA and CompanyB. So the hierarchy is like this: I'm contracted to CompanyA which is contracted to CompanyB which has a contract with the final ...
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Are digitally signed documents legally binding? [closed]

In this day and age, many documents are being passed around in email that require signing. I myself send many contracts to clients as well as approval letters and such to the same clients. I most of ...
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Should I get a contract when offered paid trial work?

I recently got an offer to do a small freelance project to display my skills and was offered some money for my effort; a flat rate upon completion. I've already talked to the company and I'm confident ...
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How should I request a copy of my contract?

I don't recall if my contract had a Non-disclosure agreement for my work and I don't seem to have a copy of it in my records. How can I request a copy of my contract from HR without appearing ...
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How could I maintain a flex agreement when my boss moves on?

When I hired with the company I'm with right now, I negotiated a flex agreement, saying that every other Friday I'd have off. I have the email in which that was agreed to, and everybody's been happy ...

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