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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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Relationship with former colleagues

Recently I have been receiving private messages from two former colleagues whom I worked closely with while was working as an intern at my previous workplace. The first guy was my supervisor, he ...
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Does my work place have the right to make deductions from my wages?

I work at a pub which is owned by a chain in the UK, and I have a signed contract with them. My manager has now told staff that if we make any mistakes made on the till, we will have to pay it back ...
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An employer is trying to force me to switch banks, which I know is illegal. What should I do? [closed]

An employer has extended a job offer with the condition that I switch my personal banking from one institution to another. They claim that they do this to simplify their internal payroll procedures. I ...
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Employer demanding money back when I resigned because of “accidental pay raise”

I signed on with a large Canadian tech company about 6 years ago, and submitted my resignation (company pays well, but new management was installed about a year ago, and they're very abusive, vulgar, ...
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Misclassified as part-time when working full-time

Background: Working in the US in Wisconsin. Started at Company X as part-time (9am - 2pm) Transitioned to full-time hours (9am - 5pm) Recently discovered that I was still classified as a part-time ...
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How to do contract work for previous employer? [closed]

I'll be switching jobs soon, because I'll be moving to another city. If the need arises, I'd like to do some consulting work for my current employer (remotely). I would be limiting this to a few ...
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Can my former employer sue me if I don't give them the photos I took (taking pictures was not part of my job description)?

I was hired by a company to run demos and do merchandising for their product. Managers found out that I have experience as a photographer and asked me to run a photoshoot for them with the promise ...
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Is forging internal documents at work a crime? [closed]

I currently work in a semi truck repair facility. Where we regularly do services and federal inspections on trucks for the Department of transportation. We have an internal computer program that logs ...
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Legality of Termination [closed]

I am assuming that in any American corporation, either the employer or employee can terminate their relationship at any time. Here are questions that I have: Is it legal for a company to ...
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Grounds for terminating contractors

Suppose a person is doing an incredible job at work (e.g. being very productive and coming up with innovative ideas). Let's assume that this person is a contractor for this company. Are there cases ...
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Overpayment of Wages from ex-employer

I left my old job on Friday 9th August. They made it clear to me I wasn't wanted. They paid me a full month on the 23rd and I queried this by emailing them. Somebody from payroll said they'd get back ...
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Termination of position before starting [closed]

I accepted and signed a contract to be a nanny for 2 months in Chicago. Today I was informed that they will be staying in Cleveland and will not need my services. These two items were in my ...
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Is it ok to record my colleagues around my workplace?

I work in one of these open office plans (which now I dread) and there is a bunch of guys around who make really offensive jokes. I'm not all PC but these guys really cross the line. I want to bring ...
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Can a job reject a British citizen if they have dual nationality? [closed]

I have recently been offered a job with a government organisation in the UK. I was hired through a job agency, and one of the requirements is to be a UK national which I am. I got offered the job, and ...
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How to answer “where do you live” question

I am in the country where "where do you live" question is illegal to ask during hiring process. Despite that, sometimes interviewers do ask that. What is the best way to respond?
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Notification of Employee's involved in Third Party Data Breach - Obligation to inform?

Should it be disclosed to a company that a number of their employees have been involved in a data breach, particularly one that has released special category or sensitive information; what is standard ...
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Boss wants me to ignore a software API license

I am a software developer at a European company. My boss wants me to develop some software that consumes an external API and stores the received data in our own database. The policy of the external ...
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Illegal business tactics when dealing with contractors?

I am a contractor for a very large bank in the US. The city I live in has several other large banks as well, and it is fairly common for contractors to move from 1 bank to another once a contract has ...
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Should I do something unethical/possibly illegal if asked by management?

I work in the information security department of a fairly big transportation company. Recently, my team leader added me and my colleague to a WhatsApp group and told us to gather as much as ...
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Can an Iranian get an internship at an American company(namely, IBM)? [closed]

Here’s a little bit of backstory: I moved in to Canada from Iran 2 years ago with my family with just a Visitor’s Visa but after I attended school for 6 months, I got my Student’s Visa and I’ve been ...
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Side Gig (Similar to Main Job) - Professional & Legal Advice [closed]

I’ve recently started an LLC with a co-worker and am looking for some advice. We’re currently both employed by a fairly large company that produces software that is specialized and only really ...
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what to do if the boss tries to impose working from home in late nights [closed]

I work in an IT company, software developer. There is a term in my contract which roughly translates to "Mr XYZ will also be required to work any additional hours as necessary or appropriate from ...
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Company messed up with patent and now a lawyer is coming after me [closed]

I work at a big multinational company as a software developer (security related services) and was part of the development team for a new product. Now the product is in the market and a few days ago, ...
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Company requiring me to let them review research from before I was hired

In a bit a predicament. I recently have received media requests about some upcoming research I plan to publish. According to my company's employee handbook, I have to keep them in the loop with all ...
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Absconding a company after 1st day of joining

I joined a big MNC and now I have a better opportunity with better skillset with a new company (mid size). It has been just a day that I joined this multinational organization, and currently I do not ...
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Is it legal to join a competing company? [closed]

I work for a small company which takes on project outsourced by other companies. The company has less than 25 employees. The work contract says that employees have to work 1 years and can't resign. ...
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Will asking for advice here affect a lawsuit? [closed]

I plan to file a lawsuit against my company. If I describe the backstory and situation here and ask for advice, will it affect the lawsuit? I am yet to file it but I am meeting a lawyer this week
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Employees written up for discussing criminal history of a colleague

Our company hired a new employee with a criminal felony conviction. The employee came to work on their second day and told all of our coworkers about the conviction, making it common knowledge. ...
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Legal view of holiday taken then owned back to the company

I have been working for a company for the last 6 years, my yearly vacation started as only 20 days, and has since moved to 25 days in the last year. I have now handed my resignation notice in, and my ...
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Employer wants to use my work email account after I quit, is this legal under German law? Is this a GDPR waiver?

Background info: I am leaving my current job in the next couple of weeks. (If you want to know why just check my other questions.) Germany, Junior Developer Yesterday I got a list of all the things I ...
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Invoices turned in after 30 days, 15% is withheld & after 60 days, not paid at all… is this LEGAL? [closed]

State agency is asserting that after an invoice from an Independent Contractor is turned in after 30 days 15% will be withheld from the total & after 60 days, not paid at all... is this even legal!...
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My boss wants to get rid of me - what should I do?

Brief story: I work as IT support in a bank. I am an analyst who just graduated from university and my boss is a VP 10-May-2019: My boss told me they will put me on an informal "performance ...
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Both me and the employer are interested in my taking a job, but paperwork has an arbitration agreement; how can I negotiate to remove it?

I recently interviewed at a fairly large company for a position I was interested in. The recruiter said that I "far and away bested" the other candidates, and that they were really interested in ...
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Contract notice period of 12 months, but cant submit notice period before set date(legal?)

New contract offered. Terms of which dictate a 12 month notice period for both parties, however "such notice may only be served to expire on or after month here 2022". This effectively means a 12 ...
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How are confidentiality agreements interpreted/enforced, where the employees primary marketable skill is know-how?

I have recently seen a very "light-weight" contract from a respectable company where the confidentiality clause essentially stated that the employee was subject to confidentiality with regard to ...
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Is it appropriate for my manager to make me share my credentials?

Recently, at work, I was assigned a license for Microsoft Visual Studio and was asked to create an official Microsoft ID. The license came with benefits like a trial account for six months at ...
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Can I make tutorials in my free time?

In the company I work at I was assigned a task that requires the use of a particular software. During the research phase I found that there are very, very few tutorials on how to operate it. I have ...
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Is it legal for company to use my work email to pretend I still work there? [duplicate]

I recently quit my job due to the toxic work environment. My job involved email communication with our clients, and my boss has asked my coworkers to use my email to pretend to be me and talk to our ...
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Innocuous change to help client “cook their own books” [closed]

A colleague and I who work at Company A have been asked to update the website and description of Company B. The relationship between A & B is that Company B is a separate legal entity owned by ...
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Can company claim inventions made by employee/contractor while not on the clock? [closed]

I recently graduated with my degree. I haven't been able to find work in my field yet and have been doing various things to make money. I contacted a marketing agency/staffing agency that offered to ...
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Can I keep burn cream in the first aid box? [closed]

My workplace is in the UK and I'm the first-aider. There's no company policy which stops us from keeping burn cream (e.g. savlon), but HR have voiced concerns about potential legal issues, so I've ...
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What can I do if I'm asked my current salary in New York City or California? [closed]

In New York City and California, it is illegal to ask a job candidate his or her current salary. What can I actually do if a recruiter asks me my salary?
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Do you need to sign physically on stamps in your contract other than dedicated sign places? [closed]

I know the following points, as a buyer To get stamp duty, before executing the contract. Sign off the contract. But I am not sure whether I need to sign my signature above stick stamps during ...
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Can continuous employment be reset with a change of role?

For an established employee (not a contractor) taking a change of role at the same employer, and signing a new contract, is the employer allowed to 'reset' the start date for continuous employment ...
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Can I rewrite Code I wrote for a company for myself or others from scratch? [closed]

This is linked to the Question "Can I adapt code I wrote for work and release it on open source" I used to work as a 3D Artist for a company where I sometimes wrote scripts to ease our workflow. Of ...
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Someone broke into the backdoor at work and stole my backpack with my “to-go-home” in it. Am I covered? What should I do? [closed]

We have a backdoor that is always unlocked when someone is working because we use it quite often. All of our staff things (coats, boots, shoes, bags) stay at the back. I was working in the middle of ...
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Is job contract ending similar to being laid off? [closed]

I've been working on a contract for over a year and lately the amount of work available has decreased. I have been paying into unemployment through my contracting company. If the contracting company ...
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Complained about a director - now they are refusing to provide employment verification unless I withdraw the complaint

I'm working in a software company in India where I have lodged a complaint to the owner regarding a director I have had difficulties with. Now I am applying for a position in a new company but the ...
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Is there a legal limit to the number of people in a room during an interview?

This may be better asked in the legal area, but i was curious if anyone knew if there was a legal limit to the number of people interviewing a candidate at a time? I’m talking about panel style ...