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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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Asked to shave facial hair after a pub discussion with team members who took offence

I work in a 75+ person office which, as far as I can tell, is culturally diverse and accommodating. A couple weeks ago my colleagues and I went out for beers and got in a discussion about the ...
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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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Inability to get to work because public transportation failure

The train drivers are about to go on strike in Germany. Again. And it may not be the last time. Many people live 20-30 km from work and commute by train. There's no alternative to trains over such ...
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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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Can my employer reclassify me as non-exempt to avoid the new minimum salary requirement? [closed]

If you are currently an exempt employee according to the classification of exempt, is a company allowed to make you non-exempt to keep from paying you the minimum salary requirement to remain exempt?
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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 ...
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Can a company really enforce loyalty at the expense of an employee's financial well-being?

I was just cleaning out some old papers and stumbled upon an employee handbook from a prior company I worked for. Skimming through it, I came across a paragraph which piqued my curiosity. The ...
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Employer Liability / walking between buildings? [closed]

Recently a U.S. employer told us not to skate(board) between buildings because they were liable for us. Is this true? The buildings were leased by the employer from a single landlord. The space ...
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Human Resources - what can & can't they do?

I was just wondering, is Human Resources (HR) allowed to pass on your resignation letter to your manager? - gov.uk website states that the HR are meant to keep your documents (including HR) secure as ...
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My manager has read out my Resignation Letter to my work colleagues, what should I do? [closed]

I handed in my resignation letter due to being ill after getting knocked down by a car. I received two messages from two of my work colleagues stating that my manager had read out my resignation ...
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What is the 'reasonable' amount of time specified in many contracts in terms of working over the normal 'working day'? [closed]

In almost every single contract I have seen, there is this clause which allows the employers to request the contractor to work a 'reasonable' amount of hours when required beyond the normal work day (...
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Boss says that he will put in claim for damages if I quit [closed]

Yesterday after I just left the office I got an email stating my work ethics aren't right and that they want to talk to me on Monday. I don't have heart for the company, according to him. The truth ...
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Regulations regarding fire codes/OSHA for exit clearance for multiple employees in tight working conditions

Can anyone tell me if there is any regulations (referring to the title of my question) that outline specific requirements for employees' exit clearance. For example: I'm in a 12' x 23' room that has ...
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My coworkers get more pay than me, even though I have been longer at my workplace [closed]

My coworkers earn around 30-40k more than I do. We do the same work, in fact I usually perform better than them and have been with the company longer. It does not seem fair. I don't feel comfortable ...
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What compensation should a recruiter get when I terminate my contract? [closed]

I was recruited last month by an agency. The job was not working out. I handed in my notice to the employer. It was an amicable parting. Now the recruiter is angry and is demanding compensation. I was ...
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Leaving my company - Holiday entitlement pay [closed]

Over the past 4 weeks I have been working out my notice. I dont know if this is standard in every country (Im from the uk) but tomorrow is my last day and Im having some trouble with sorting out the ...
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How to report someone to HR when no longer work for company [closed]

Recently I worked at a job and believe I should report my former manager to human resources. His attitude and demeanor was very rude/hostile/aggressive/abrasive, both when speaking about work and non-...
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Should I notify my employer that I intend to work on an open-source or personal project in my free time [closed]

I'm a software developer and I am concerned about a specific limitation on my contract that says: The employee shall not, without the consent of the company, during the continuance of this ...
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Requiring salary information and medical history before first job interview [closed]

Rakuten Japan is asking all candidates to fill out the following forms before their first interview, including, for instance, itemized salary information from your current or previous position (...