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

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 can I do if I don't agree with some of the Employee Handbook terms?

Yesterday, my company created an Employee Handbook. This contains some terms that I am not happy with, and I let them know. I know that it's legally binding, even if I don't sign it, so I want to be ...
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Help - called into a meeting with HR & Legal [closed]

Hoping someone can help. Going out of my mind worrying. Got a meeting invite Friday PM from HR with the following… “ I am scheduling this time to discuss with you a confidential matter. Your insight ...
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Is it legal to work in Western Australia without permanent residency? [closed]

I'm a student who moved to Western Australia for the next two years. I'm a minor, and I moved with the rest of my family because of my father's job, but, the visa we are here on means we are not ...
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Would US Based client pursue legal action against a someone impersonating a candidate?

I joined in a MNC and got my first round interview invitation link from US Based client with this extra details: “This interview invitation is intended for the candidate to whom this [email / letter] ...
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Working in a research company that studies the same research problem as my startup

I am almost in the final step of joining a big research company. This company has a huge amount of data for research problem X, and their research team is always digging into it. I just want to ...
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My Ex-Boss is using my Accounting Software [closed]

I work as an accountant so I have my own QB Software, this allows me to install it on a PC. I was working for a company and installed the software. When I left I began the uninstall process and he ...
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How to investigate contractor under a fraudulent identity without tipping them off?

I am senior lead / team lead in the cybersecurity division of my employer located in the United States. I recently hired a contractor to work on pen testing (highly privileged role having access to ...
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Compensation decreased after recruiter fixed offer letter errors

My original offer mistakenly said it was for short term employment, thankfully after a lot of time, the internal recruiter had fixed it. However, since a week has passed, she claims the stock values ...
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Verbal offer was for permanent full-time, but letter says short-term

I got an offer for a permanent full time position, but oddly enough the generated offer letter says the position is short term unless mutually agreed otherwise in writing. The recruiter insists she ...
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What is the correct way to approach the request that "new developers should not be able to access the codebase"

We are a small team of developers working on a web app. I answer directly to the company directors, who are responsible for hiring decisions. As a cost saving measure, new developers are often hired ...
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Painter being forced to do remodel work

I was hired 3 years ago by a local painting contractor. Recently my employer started remodeling his own house and this is where the work is taking place. I am now being required to do the following ...
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What is the official date of resignation when registered mail was delivered on time, but went to a collection point to be picked up the next day?

I quit on 25th February and sent a letter (tracking with signature) to the HR department since my contract says that the resignation should be in written format. The letter could not be delivered but ...
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Whose responsibility is it to buy licenses for software used, employee or employer?

Simple question, but this has been a persistent problem. Is it the employee's responsibility to buy licenses that are needed for software used at work, or the employer's? If the employee raises the ...
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Company kept previous personal phone number [closed]

When my husbands left his job this month, his employer refused to return the phone number to us that he has had for 20 years. It had been our number for 15 years before the job, tied to all of our ...
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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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Is it ok to use my open-source projects as dependencies at work?

I work at a startup company and we're in the phase of creating some pipelines (GitHub actions) and making our program's foundations stronger. In my spare time, I create a lot of tools for my personal ...
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Contract company not paying

I took up a contract with an agency (we'll say Agency), for their client company ("Client"). i don't know the business/legal terminology to describe these -- but in the end, i'm working on ...
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Can my employer legally monitor my personal network activity when I'm working from home?

I work from home most of the time. I use my corporate laptop for work, and I keep my personal laptop open as a second monitor, for internet research. Whenever I open Google Translate or Linguee on my ...
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Wrongful accusation of holding fake degree

My friend recently joined a large federal government organisation in Canada. A few of months into the job, she's applying to another job within the org. During the application, she's being accused of ...
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How to deal with the boss not paying, and being manipulative

I'm in the Caribbean, I started working for a US company back in Jan 2020 as a contractor. He would pay every 2 weeks, and he said I could get a raise after seeing my work, I work full time, 40hrs/...
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Practical Implications of Non Compete / Non Solication Clauses

I have just recieved an offer for a job I am very interested in, but looking through the documents I would have to sign, I noticed that they are also expecting me to sign a Non Compete / Non ...
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As per the current trend Employee Bond are still in Demand in India? [closed]

To all HR are employee bonds are still demand or is there any other option to bound employees with the company? I am from IT Service Sector and having private limited company and my team size is ...
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Signing New Work Document Regarding Prior Inventions

I just accepted a new job at a company and they want me to sign a prior inventions form. There is an option to attach prior inventions so they can be excluded. I have YouTube videos, Udemy courses, ...
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Does HR of my company have an obligation to provide related documents

Just wanted to know, if an HR department has an obligation towards employees. Let's say I need a document of employment generated by HR, needed by a service provider. I am following up with HR for ...
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Desperate for advice dealing with maniacal management [closed]

Summary: I work in that company for 8 years. I want to transfer to another department because my current management has done illegal things that I've documented in emails to them. I think they prevent ...
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My mother is being framed by new management

Note: Long post ahead. Context: Rural southern Spain Medium-sized public company (+500 people) without HR Toxic workplace My mother is in her late fifties She has been in this company for 20 years ...
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Do I have a case for workplace harassment? [closed]

I work in the UK for a small company. I have accepted another job offer starting soon. I have felt that the environment and culture of the agency is shockingly inappropriate and has made me feel ...
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Is it worth fighting for wages owed if your client was the public state? [closed]

I know it varies greatly depending on the culture of the country, but we may be able to establish an average. I was hired to program for the police. This body depends directly on the provincial ...
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legal for employer to require onsite WFH review? [closed]

There's a rumour at my work (non-profit agency with HIPAA responsibilities) that when covid passes, if people want to work at home, they will be required to submit to an onsite inspection to verify ...
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Employer is terminating my notice period early without consent

Last week I handed in my resignation. In my contract it stipulates that the company can terminate employment given one month's written notice and the employee given three months’ notice. My contract ...
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Is a long waiting period for an official offer bad?

I recently received two internship offers that I'm enthusiastic about. One is with a very large Fortune 500 company while the other is a mid sized company. The very large company has sent me a ...
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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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Company wants me to handle most financial burdens as an expat

I have been able to land a job in a company located in Belgium recently and it is worthwhile to mention, I do not reside in Europe. During my application process, I was asked to pay for my paperwork ...
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Terminated by boss at the demand of his jealous wife

A friend of mine is losing her job because her boss's wife found flirtatious emails between my friend and her boss. Nothing ever happened between them, but the wife is giving my friend's boss an ...
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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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Should the salary pay date be mentioned on offer letter or appointment letter?

I had asked my H.R. to mention the salary pay date on my offer letter or the appointment letter. He said that no organization does it. I want to know are the companies SUPPOSED to (legally) mention ...
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How are legal disputes resolved when I work remote from India for foreign countries?

If any dispute arises how will it be resolved? And in which juridical area? By dispute I mean any salary, notice periods, work hours etc.
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Manager lied to client. Is it legal? [closed]

Manager informed client that the software was tested even if it wasn’t, then manager asked the team to create a fake test document and send this document to client as some sort of proof. I think that ...
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Can a company change a policy and enforce it like this? [closed]

If an organization offers an online education policy as a perquisite (after being employed for a certain period) and the policy states that it's free for the employees if they opt-in and they'll have ...
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Still getting paid after leaving the company? Do I have to give the money back? [closed]

My girlfriend left a job on good terms to work for a different company. Apparently the payroll manager (one person department, it’s a company of <100 employees) forgot to take her off the payroll ...
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How to react when client explains "it will be used for illegal activities"?

Scenario: Freelancer (from Norway if that's relevant) is approached by Mr. X (from unknown origin, if that's relevant) about creating SoftwareX, they agree on the scope and price. Mr. X does a small ...
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What are my rights regarding IP (in UK) when there was no written contract and business never paid fully for the code

Hope you will be able to help me here. I do not really know if this is the correct place to ask such questions. In 2014 I started to work for a certain company – the setup was that I was hired by my ...
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Does anyone have e-residency? [closed]

I've been told the the startup stack exchange was closed due to not having enough activity and this was the closest stack exchange related site where I could ask a business-related question, hence I'm ...
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Is it legal for a potential employer to run background checks on members of your household?

Update: The commission has been disbanded and has 90 days to leave NJ, and it is only a matter of time before they leave NY as well. I know an individual who is trying to get a labor job in NYC. ...
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How to get employer to pay "garden leave" instead of making me work from home for a year?

I've worked in the Canadian arm of a large US corporation for 8 years now (the company isn't exactly renowned for being civil to its employees) as a senior engineer. I've earned 11 months of severance ...
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Quitted last job because general delay in payment and the debt increased over time; it's been a year and situation hasn't changed, what should I do?

I worked for two years and a half in a not so well-payed job, which was my first formal one. They helped me a lot to grow as an employee, so the payment wasn't that much of a deal; besides, they also ...
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CPIM designation behind name

I'm in the process of CPIM training. I know that you attach CPIM to the end of your name once completed. I was wondering if this is only in a professional environment to show you have the ...
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Which online enquiry should I use to apply for work experience at a law firm?

I'm in year 10 and applying for work experience. On a law firm's website that I want to apply to, they provide a phone number and two different enquiry forms to contact them (no email). The first ...
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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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