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Questions tagged [law]

Questions about the legal aspects of work contract.

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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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My girlfriend's job is expecting a lot of “extra” work and she's an hourly employee

My girlfriend just started a manager-in-training job at a popular restaurant. It seems to me like the woman training her is playing fast and loose with the rules, but it could just be that the company ...
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Is it legal in the UK to ask former colleagues about an applicant from their company

Suppose I used to work at company B and now work at company A. Somebody who I don't know that currently works at company B has applied for a job at company A. I might consider reaching out to former ...
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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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Asked about health of an applicant when providing a reference

I've recently been asked to provide a personal reference for an ex-colleague, they've asked the standard questions, but these two stood out to me Please tell us anything you know about the ...
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How are anti-discrimination laws practically enforced? [closed]

Are the various anti-discrimination laws that exist around the world only paper tigers or is there any way in which they can be enforced? Let's say a company doesn't want to hire "insert minority here"...
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Should I enforce the rules or show sympathy? [closed]

I am employed by the traffic police and we are supposed to implement traffic rules. One day I found a man on a motorbike violating the rules. He was not wearing a helmet. I stopped him and asked for ...
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Sign-on bonus repayments upon leaving a company

I'm leaving my company (in the US, IL) before one year cycle. And I have to return the $5000 relocation lump sum that I received (I actually received only $3000 after tax), under the condition that if ...
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Employer spoke about my previous medical leave, have they breached my confidentiality? [closed]

I got hurt at work and have been on the Workpace Safety & Insurance Board (WISB) as a work injury. When I spoke with WSIB, the representative said that my employer mentioned to them a week medical ...
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Does being told you're not liked and asked to quit meet the legal definition of harassment under the UK Equality Act of 2010?

I've been looking at the UK Equality Act 2010 act and it says harassment is unwanted or unwelcome behaviour which is meant to or has the effect of violating your dignity. If people literally come up ...
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What resources exist, or how should a woman describe the details of sexual harassment (assault)?

A female friend of mine is telling me about a sexual harassment, which was in reality a sexual assault involving a coworker physically grabbing her backside with both hands, from upper hip with the ...
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Employer trying to enforce contract after notice period has ended [closed]

I am self employed financial adviser in the UK. My notice period ended on Friday but my employer has stated they are still holding me to my contract even though i have met the terms of the contract ...
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Law firm Intern with lack of work to do [duplicate]

I'm currently an intern at a law firm. In the beginning, there was a moderate amount of work to do such as research and translation. However, these days there is no tasks assigned to me all day and ...
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Do un-contracted workers have to fill out W4?

I worked via verbal agreement, and have been paid with a check (from the business, not a personal check). I am now being asked to fill out a W4, but from my experience with this company I am very ...
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Can a Dutch employer request a doctor's note after I called in sick?

I'm employed in the Netherlands and have been off sick due to migraine for two days. My employer has now asked me to provide a doctor's note for those two days. Are they allowed to request this or can ...
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HR/Hiring manager made a mistake and misrepresented my compensation info, and do not want to fix it

I am in a bit complicated situation. I was hired back in 2016 May by the current employer. During the hiring process, I was told that I would have up to 28 vacation days proportionately increase based ...
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What can employers do if an employee disappears? [closed]

If an employee just goes AWOL, i.e. he/she just stops showing up for work, and does not respond to phone calls or emails, is there a general protocol the employer must follow? I imagine for the first ...
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Relocation Agreement [closed]

Moved to the US 6 months ago on a temporary work visa and the company paid for all the costs associated with the move. I have a 2 year relocation agreement in the contract, however I want to quit and ...
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EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) information - voluntary?

I got from a US employer an "EEOC information" form to fill, after getting an offer letter. Questions on the form are: race highest academic degree gender disabled veteran (I assume US military) ...
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Can employees be asked to pay back company money lost to a scam? [closed]

Our shift leader received a call from someone who she thought was from Corporate. She was told that money was missing from our store and a federal investigation was going on. She was asked to send a ...
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What are the situations that make sense to hire a labor lawyer to keep your job? [closed]

I have a situation at work and am trying to figure out when it's appropriate to hire a labor lawyer to fight for my job. Some background: I was performing to expectations and have exceeded ...
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How can I address being paid less than minimum due to forced unpaid overtime?

My question is about being paid a salaried wage. My contract says I must work a minimum of 50 hours a week to receive my monthly or annual salary. Over the last year I worked enough hours over that ...
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Is my manager allowed to tell me to stay behind until I finish something? [closed]

If I am rostered until, say, 9pm. Is my manager allowed to tell me that I need to complete something (clean something, do this, etc.) before I am allowed to leave, even when it is past my rostered ...
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Person from same company got confidential information about me [closed]

I had some troubles with moving in past months and therefore decided to instruct bank to transfer all mails to my job address. There the mail is sorted and (always so far) handed over to me. Last ...
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Can an Employer cancel training he has planned if I intend to leave the company? [closed]

Last year, my employer planned a training for me without asking me, it's a good training course so I didn't decline it. There are few weeks, I informed my boss that I intended to leave the company ...
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Should I tell my employer coworker is suing?

A coworker is thinking about suing my employer and has asked me to create a statement that says I was a witness to the reason as to why she is suing. Should I tell my employer that she is considering ...
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I showed some copyrighted code online and got busted for it. Now what should I do? [closed]

I am starting a new big project for an important company. My boss provided me a code base of not so functional code and said "Just be careful with this, it is used to manage sensitive information." ...
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Ex-employees have my source code and client database. What can I do? [closed]

I am an author of an open-source project which is pretty popular within some industry. Also I am a founder of a company which contributes to the project and provides paid support for it. We had a ...
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Employer providing uncomfortable PPE (safety footwear) [closed]

We are in the UK and a friend of mine is changing roles within her job into one in which she has to wear non-slip safety shoes (PPE - Personal Protective Equipment). The standard shoes that my ...
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Employer wants me to sign non compete with customer, how do I voice my concerns?

I work for a contracting company -- that is, I am a regular employee of the company, it does contract design work for others. One of our customers is requesting that employees working on their ...
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What is the right path when an H-1B Visa coworker is being paid less than he legally deserves?

While speaking with a coworker I discovered that he is being compensated below the legal threshold. I made this determination based on the following: http://internationaloffice.berkeley.edu/h-1b_faqs#...
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Company threatens legal action for reneging on a signed job agreement if I do not pay ₹20000 [closed]

I recently got a job offer from a startup company in India, and I signed the job agreement. They asked me for cheques of ₹ (Indian Rupees) 20000 and ₹ 40000. They orally informed me that this is a ...
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Minimum office space in European Union legislation [closed]

Is there an European Union law that defines the minimum office space a desk employee (i.e. people that use a desk and computer) should have ? I found some laws in Germany and UK, but nothing at EU-...
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HR and work emails forwarded to private email - can they be used in a court of law? [closed]

I am in a middle of a "misunderstanding" with my current employer - I have called for internal bullying resolution twice. In effect, I have got relocated, and am denied access to my work mailbox, ...
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How to deal with illegal discrimination as part of a decision-making group

I've been assigned to run interviews for a position. The position has specific requirements and some preferentially desired candidate traits. I am supposed to evaluate candidates (often with some ...
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How to decline a sudden change to a contract requiring me to be liable? [closed]

I work for a company (in the UK) who took on a rather large project, and being the lead developer I estimated a time-frame based upon two developers. This, sadly did not work out and meant that I ...
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Commuting from one office building to another. Does it incur work time? [closed]

I have a question regarding my software developer job in California. We have a big campus and I frequently have to walk between office buildings during my day. An di am an hourly contractor. I'd like ...
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Can I be fired without a reason? What are my rights? [closed]

In 2012 I was hired by a private practice healthcare professional to do her insurance billing. At the time it was just her and her front desk person. She was in "retirement mode" and hardly coming to ...
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Giving more than one week's notice when only entitled to one week of severance

In Canada, if one is only entitled to one week of severance pay if laid off (ie: worked for a company for less than 1 year, but completed the 3 month probationary period), should one give more than ...
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Can employers and background check companies find out if you claimed unemployment benefit / insurance?

This didn't happen to me, but a friend, but I'm curious myself. Note this is US-specific, as I understand unemployment insurance works differently in the US compared to other countries. My and my ...
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How to register a name without paying [closed]

I am under 18 and slowly building a company. Right now I am just working on the website. I will be asking people online to help me by donating, I don't not want to reveal the company name because I ...
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Placed on 24 hour shift under National Minimum Wage (UK) [closed]

A friend of mine works in a care home for young adults with severe learning difficulties. These people need 24-hour care. She is paid approximately £7 per hour. She has today been placed on a rota ...
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Should I mention in my resume that I don't have a work permit?

I'm looking for a job in a foreign country in the EU. Should I mention right away in my resume or cover letter that I have no work permit in their country and therefore need a visa sponsorship? My ...
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How to say on a resume that you lost your job because management was spooked by a pending Labor Fairness Act that was later shot down by the courts?

I believe that management at the non-profit I was working at was spooked by the at-the-time pending changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act, which would have reclassified my position as being eligible ...
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Proactively preventing unfair dismissal/redundancy (UK)

A friend is currently in a dispute with her employer. She has not been accused of doing anything wrong so cannot be sacked without the employer leaving themselves open to unfair dismissal, and as ...
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Possible repercussions from assault between coworkers outside the office [closed]

Recently a coworker (who from now on will be called "A") invited me to A's house to have some drinks and snacks. I asked if I could bring someone with me (coworker "B"), and A said it was okay. In ...
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Would interviewing at this firm be considered as conflict of interest?

I've been a legal assistant at a firm for over a year and looking to leave for a firm that pays more. I rather be placed in a different area of law, but I'm not too picky at this point. I asked my ...
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Need to let go an employee, employee threatens to sue for racial discrimination [closed]

I need to let go an employee who reports directly to me. I had brought this up to them recently, and they got defensive and threatened to sue for racial discrimination, while we are both African ...
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How (and if) to ask to be paid for overtime (Ontario Engineer) [duplicate]

So I'm in a bit of a tricky situation right now, and would like some advice. Here is the relevant background information: I am a salaried employee (engineer in training) based in Ontario, Canada. ...
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Do German software companies take what is written in the contracts seriously? [closed]

I'm currently working for a startup in Berlin. It's now well established. My contract is pretty standard and it contains two points, which I believe every software/startup company in Germany have on ...