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Is it legal in Germany to start a project in Kickstarter while working in a company? [closed]

I live in Germany and have an idea to start my own business here. However, I am not sure whether I am allowed to do this while working officially in a company. I just want to share my project on ...
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What should I do when my supervisor is being disrespectful and too harsh

I am now currently doing my internships at this one company. This company is actually a branch, so here they have their person in charge for this branch. Unfortunately, on my first day of internships, ...
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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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Working without contract in unusual situation

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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Can my boss pretend to be me to access work computer and private messages? [closed]

I’m new here! This is related to UK ICO/Employment Law. I am office based. A complaint was made by a colleague in another department about their team mate (they suspected that our work msg service (...
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Sharing Costs for Train Travel Flatrate (BahnCard100)

My future employer is a 100€ (200€ return ticket) train tricket far away from where i am living. They expect me to visit four times a year, so with return ticket that is at least 800€. They already ...
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If a small UK business makes staff work in dangerous conditions, what realistic routes exist to try and forcibly change that?

Its common around here, to see people being essentially made to work when health and safety law says they shouldn't, from employer pressure. Two examples: people made to work despite inadequate work ...
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Are job recruiters subject to the do-not-call-list law? (the FTC regulation) [closed]

This is in regards to US law. I know that if I register my phone number on www.donotcall.gov, it's illegal for telemarketers to call me to advertise products or services. What about job recruiters who ...
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Would it be legal for an employer to fire someone who had been having an affair with his girlfriend? [closed]

Under British (specifically English) employment law, would an employer be legally allowed to fire an employee who had been having an affair with the employer's girlfriend, or would the employee be ...
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Swiss recruiter wants me to send him a copy of my ID - is this a thing?

I recently got approached by a recruiter in Switzerland, proposing to put me forward for a role he's recruiting for one of his clients. The recruitment agency looks genuine, and so does the final ...
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Disclosure obligations to employers: UK full-time salaried employee intending to take up additional paid employment 20% with a non-competing business

I recently started working full-time (i.e. 37.5 to 40 hours per week) in the UK as a permanent employee of a UK-based private organisation, with monthly salary paid through BACS to my UK bank account. ...
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Can I leave before serving my *voluntary* notice period (with the notice period required by my contract already being served)

Location: UK In January, I made the decision to hand in my notice of resignation for the sake of my mental wellbeing - the stress became too much for me to bare, and after a number of attempts to ...
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Are there any countries where a company can lawfully claim owning you 100% of the time, even outside proper working hours? [closed]

Recently it was reported IBM forced one of its employees to remove him or herself from the maintainers list of a open-source driver, with the following allegation: "As an IBM employee, you are ...
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Optional survey asking very personal questions. When are the dangers of answering?

I'm part of a union that has sent out an optional survey to it's members. Some of the questions are intensely personal: what is your gender identity? what is your sexual orientation? what is ...
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Can I get fired during COVID-19 for moving to another city in the same state?

Since the pandemic I am working remotely. I am in the process of moving to a different city (same state, 2 hour car commute away). I asked my employer for permission. The general notion was yes but ...
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Left work and they would like to look at the personal emails [closed]

Good morning All, My basic question is: Is my former employer allowed legally to ask and search through my gmail/google-drive account? I have recently changed jobs to a competitor and did upload some ...
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How can I work simultaneously for more than one employer?

I am offered full time permanent contracts from three employers. Due to experience in the tasks of these jobs, I am confident I can fulfill all of them each day (by working around 12-14h per day). ...
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My new job came with a pay raise that is being rescinded

I have worked for my company (based in California) since May 2019. I was offered and accepted a new role in late November with a new higher salary effective 12/1 (New job start date). This was ...
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What steps must an employer take to keep health information confidential? [closed]

What steps must an employer take to keep health information confidential? This question is mainly legal but for a few reason I thought this site would be better than law.stackexchange.com Where I work ...
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My boss makes me use cracked software. How should I react?

I work as an engineer for a very small company which is specialized in mechanical engineering design & simulation. Since I arrived here almost 2 years ago, we have been using cracked softwares to ...
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Short-time work (Kurzarbeit) instead of parental leave (Elternzeit) and parental money (Elterngeld) in Germany?

I would have a parental leave (Elternzeit) for 3 months starting soon (already announced to the company so all fine from this side). Now, however, my company asked me if I instead of the parental ...
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A third-party recruiter is asking me to share my interview experience with a coworker, would that violate my non-solicitation agreement?

I work at company A, and my (US) employment agreement includes a non-solicitation clause that's active during and up to one year after my employment. Recently I've been looking for other jobs; through ...
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Former client/employer owes me (a contractor) money, reluctant to pay

I've found myself in a situation I've never really dealt with before. I used to work for a small startup in Hungary, as a contractor. Unfortunately, the pandemic hit, and in early April, the company ...
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How can I change jobs with a long notice period while furloughed?

I work for an organization (and have been there for over a year) that requires you to give 3 months' notice for leaving. Because of the COVID-19 crisis, we have all been furloughed since May and have ...
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Overtime vs Pay Cut (California) (40-45 hours)

I was under the impression that M-F 9am-5pm was 40 hours of work but my boss is now changing it to 8am-5pm which is 45 hours but at the same weekly rate. What does California workplace laws say about ...
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Should I ask for reimbursement of unclaimable vacation prize after being terminated as severance pay?

I was just terminated from my position at a tech company in Canada. During the holiday Christmas party, I won a draw for some kind of all-inclusive vacation to be reimbursed as a taxable benefit by ...
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My employer is demanding that, as a teacher, I have my webcam on all the day, do I have to comply?

Are there any laws in the European Union about video conferencing and calling? I'm a teacher at a school in Spain, and I'm now forced to work from home because of COVID-19. We have been assigning work ...
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I work full time during the week. Can my employer also ask me to be On-call on the weekends without pay? [closed]

I work as an IT support tech at a company in British Columbia. Right now I work Monday to Friday 40 hours a week, normal daytime hours. I am paid salary, though my salary is based on the hourly wage I ...
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What if employee thinks something is illegal? [duplicate]

What should an employee do if the employer asks to do something and employee thinks it is illegal to do so? Just do it or discuss with boss?
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Incorrect decimal separator used for Pound Sterling currency [closed]

The company I work for laid off a few out-of-hours customer service employees and gave me their work between the hours of 6am and 8am, and 6pm to 10pm, my work hours rotate weekly from 6am to 2pm one ...
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Consequences of Signing on a blank Paper [closed]

What are the consequences of signing on a blank Rs1000 Non-Judicial Stamp paper? What worst could happen?
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Copying software application flow or replicating it [closed]

I worked at an ex-Company where they were creating their own product by almost replicating another renowned Business Intelligence application. I would like whether this may lead to a lawsuit for the ...
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How can it be legal to have a contractor do the same job as a regular employee?

This may be a strange question and I may have some misunderstandings. In my experience it's not unusual for a contractor to be doing the same work as a regular employee. For example if a firm needs ...
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Changing your mind about parental leave

After the birth of our son, I (husband) chose not to take parental leave (Elternzeit), which in Germany is guaranteed by law. My boss asked if I would want to go, and I said "no". However, my ...
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Is it illegal to deny or charge customers for receipts? [closed]

I've had an unfortunate experience with a passive aggressive secretary who initially demanded payment when I presented her with a request for a digital record of my invoice/receipt history. I promptly ...
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Does the Insurance Distribution Directive apply to software developers as well?

The Insurance Distribution Directive states there is a "15-hour requirement ... as a minimum for anyone involved in ‘insurance distribution’" with regards to Continuous Personal Development....
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Employer trying to prevent union meeting? (sort of)

EDIT: I have reorganised my question because all responses so far have been off topic to the questions I actually asked. What I would like to know is: Am I acting within my rights? Are my employers ...
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Is this contract requiring me to repay training costs enforceable?

I recently applied for a job in a different department for the (UK) company I already worked for and was successful. The initial appointment letter I received (to confirm I had the job) did not ...
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IR35 changes in the private sector in UK and possible future scenarios [closed]

Because of the coming IR35 changes, both me and one friend (working for a different company) have been offered to become employees and our managers, in both cases, told us the company will probably ...
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Effective demotion? [closed]

My company (in the UK) has recently been taken over by another and they are going to be merging the two organisations and the relevant teams. My current team is small and I work alone on my area of ...
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Does a day off for work related paperwork count as vacation? [closed]

I'll need a day off to prepare my work permit. Does it count as work or a vacation? edit: I'm in a consulting company in France
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How can I get equivalent unpaid time off, since I won't need parental leave

On top of maternity/paternity pay, my (UK) employer offers "parental leave" to any parent: this is the option to take additional unpaid leave. Parent's are offered the option to take up to 9 weeks ...
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Why are CEOs generally fired rather being demoted?

Rather than firing a CEO, he may do a good job as CTO or CFO or even a General Manager(GM). Why is it always 'get out' for CEOs?
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My manager supports the KKK and is actively racist- white man working in China [closed]

Background: I have been interning in an Chinese multinational corporate through a internship program with my American School. My manager has been making sexist and racist remarks throughout the ...
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Can an employer require a salaried employee to work a minimum number of hours in the US?

A lawyer once explained to me that, because an exempt salaried worker may be expected to work more than 40 hrs without additional compensation, the employer can expect a worker to work around 40 hrs/...
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Is helping out a relative without salary considered a job? [closed]

One of my friends is helping out his uncle in his business without getting paid and his uncle gave him a place to stay for free. Is it considered a job?
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Is my employer in California obligated to pay me while I travel between jobsites

I'm an hourly worker at a landscaping company in Los Angeles and travel to a different job site or multiple job sites in a day. The morning and afternoon commute range from 15 minutes to 1.5 hours. ...
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Employer wants me to sign a wage acknowledgement form annually

Each year since 2015 the HR department at my company has asked all employees to sign a form similar to this Notice and Acknowledgement of Pay Rate and Payday Under Section 195.1 of the New York State ...
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By law, am I required take a 30 minute break during an 8-hour workday? (US)

Tl;dr: are US federal government employees required to take a 30-minute break during an 8-hour workday? If not, how do I explain to my supervisor I won’t take my break when he insists I have to? I ...
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Manager pushing acting manager aside when she is about to go on maternity leave when the pregnancy is a secret

Asking for a friend, I will try my hardest so it doesn't appear as a "what choise to make" question, sorry about the long post but it is an interesting scenario: The setting is a highly political ...
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