Questions tagged [contracts]

Questions relating to the legal aspects of employment contracts.

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What is true contracting work [closed]

I've done some freelance work in the past but mainly got it through a friend. I would consider this "true" contracting. I was given the requirements of the project, made an estimate, billed my hours,...
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How can I make sure verbal promises in a negotiation are kept?

During contract negotiations I discussed benefits with my employer, and they promised to give me: all the tools I need paid travel to conferences of my choosing I want to make sure that these are ...
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Is it worth challenging clauses in a contract?

Take for example the following clause: "You must only use the Company’s property, including but not limited to computers, email, internet, intranet, instant messaging software and fax, for the sole ...
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Working for two companies at the same time [closed]

Are there any concerns with working two remote full time tech jobs in the US (one in networking and one in photo sharing)? I understand there might be health concerns, but assuming you are able to ...
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Is overtime pay for contract workers negotiable?

I know that programmers, IT workers, amongst other fields are exempt from receiving overtime pay and simply get paid for every hour worked (regardless of whether it is over 40hrs / week). My question ...
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What kind of activities are allowed if your job contract prohibits any other occupation or business? [closed]

My full-time job contract contains a clause that says my employment with the company is exclusive and I should have no other occupation or business outside of it. I would like to know what exact kind ...
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As an employee of a software company what rights do I have on my creation? [closed]

I am an employee of a small software company, and I was wondering: what rights do I have on the software I develop at the job? Should I license them in any way? (I mean, they have a license for the ...
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Contract includes nothing about resignation

Currently reviewing a offer contract from staffing agency. In the next few days I will have to make a decision and speak to the recruiter of the staffing firm about the offer and ask any questions. ...
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What does Non-circumvention actually mean?

A staffing firm offer included a Non-Circumvention paragraph basically including the following: For the period of employment and 12 months after termination, the employee will not engage in the ...
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Benefits not included in the employment contract [duplicate]

I was offered a massive deal with a big (and extremely profitable) company. Besides great pay, they also offer a number of awesome benefits. However, those benefits aren't listed in the employment ...
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As an European citizen, what do I need to get remote work in the US? [closed]

As title says. I don't want to move, just to get a remote position. Do I need any permits? Or just a company that is contracted by the US one?
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Background check through staffing firm prior to recieving offer

I am considering taking on a contract-to-hire position with a staffing firm. I am working with a recruiter, he is working for a reputable staffing company. The company he connected me with is ...
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Negotiating Contract to hire - E-mail confirmation of asking salary

I have recently been working with a technology recruiter (pretty aggressive personality) to help me find a job. He got on the phone telling me about this 'real contract-to-hire opportunity' he doesn't ...
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How can I minimize the risks of moonlighting in violation of my contract? [closed]

I am currently making a decent salary developing web applications in a Fortune-50 consulting firm, but have high-interest student loans I want to pay off more quickly. My current contract ...
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Should you ever sell software you've developed to a previous place that you've worked? [closed]

One of the companies I previously worked for has a number of key projects that they have wanted to do for a long time, but never completed and still haven't started. I've got the technical and domain ...
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Is my contract still valid if my job has changed? [closed]

My company is going through a transitional period after being bought out by a competitor and we are all being asked to sign a new [non negotiable] contract Whist in this transitional period my ...
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My job was advertised at a higher salary than I was offered. Should I say something?

I took a job 4 months ago. The job is a 12 month fixed term contract. I let the recruitment agent negotiate my salary, he ensured me he'd 'get the most for me'. I was happy with the salary offered and ...
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As a new employee, is it common to edit assignment or non-compete agreements before signing?

I'm about to begin a new full-time job and am looking over the assignment and non-compete agreements in advance of my first day. There are a few clauses that I'm not super-excited about - nothing that ...
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Recruiter sent me a job description, I figured out who the company was [closed]

A recruiter somehow contacted me regarding a programming contract role, and I don't recall posting my resume to them but anyhow, I told them I wasn't interested and they emailed me the job description ...
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A potential role is a full-time position. How do I go about convincing them that a contract is better?

I've been primarily a contractor the last few years, as it affords me travel in-between contracts. Now a really good role is coming up, and it's a perm position. It's a good job, but I really would ...
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Handling Contract Signing with a Client? [closed]

I recently began dwelling in the world of freelancing, and just finished negotiating with a client over video chat, and am currently drafting up a contract. My question is in regards to signing the ...
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Major differences between direct hire and contract to hire?

I have been getting a lot of recruiters calling me since I went on the job market and many of them have been pointing me towards contract to hire positions. Each recruiter assures me that if I get ...
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Working for a US company, from abroad [closed]

There are now a number of IT companies (including StackExchance itself! :) ) that are looking for candidates all over the world, allowing them to work remotely. I have some questions about this kind ...
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How to handle informal influence that contradicts formal agreements?

Background: I have had the following experience a few times in my life. I was working under contract for a company through an agency. The manager/PM that I would be working with would declare to us ...
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How can I improve communication with my superiors?

I'm Egyptian and currently working in Austria under a work permit which is restricted for 4 months, the length of the contract. If they are happy with me, my employers will prolong it. I started 2 ...
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Can a company put a contract worker on furlough?

I have signed a contract a month ago to start getting consistent work from a company. The boss promised me an average of 25 hours a week (but that wasn't explicitly written), but for the past two ...
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Friend solicits job he isn't qualified to take. Tries to get me to do most of the work

My friend recently spoke with a medical company about a contract position developing a computer vision app for mobile devices. While he has worked on medical-related projects before and has some ...
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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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