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Questions tagged [legal]

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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 ...
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Staff returning to work after gross misconduct

I was wondering I someone could help me with the below on what paths I can take? I am from the UK. Recently, accusations was made about myself that could ruin the career I am in. The owner of the ...
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Disclosing a confidential non-solicitation agreement

I recently accepted a job offer. One stipulation of the offer is that I "have fully disclosed...any...non-solicitation...agreement...to which you are a party...(and which you are permitted to disclose)...
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Co-workers posting photos and videos of people without their consent

I work for a company that is distributed over several branches across different countries. Every once in a while we're having these group video calls/conferences where all branches participate and ...
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Can the same software job be simultaneously performed freelance and for a company? [closed]

I have a question about laws and practices in the software industry, specifically. I am wondering whether there are any restrictions regarding whether it is possible to do freelance work or have a "...
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Is it appropriate to pay for someone’s dinner over a job referral?

So my friend referred me for a position in her company. She does not participate in interviewing or any decision making. I wonder is it legal/appropriate to pay for a meal for her? Does it matter ...
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How to handle a “non-compete clause” on the employment contract?

One of my friends was selected to a large software company to work as a web developer after a successful interview. He got the agreement letter and when he was reading it, he found an unfair term. It ...
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University asked everyone to upload offer letter to a shared drive folder. Is this legal? [closed]

My university has asked every student with an offer to post his/her offer letter in a google drive link. Almost every company who hire here are US based. Specific US city wise: San Jose, Seattle, ...
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Intellectual Property from old job [closed]

I am a team leader at a tech company. Our team are currently building up a certain area of expertise. A colleague has joined us recently and has shared with me the Intellectual Property of the same ...
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Former employer sent my W2 to a third party. What are my rights? [closed]

I received a letter today from my former employer. I haven't worked for them for more than 2 years. They discovered recently that an undisclosed number of W2s were sent to a third party. I'm being ...
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Can a contract require a contractor to not disclose their pay (in the USA) [closed]

My friend says that she's signed a contract that prohibits her from disclosing how much the contract is for. She's playing piano in a show, if that makes a difference. Is this legal? I know employees ...
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Does a company own work done by applicants?

From this question and others, it seems that it's not totally unheard of for some companies to try to get free work out of job applicants by having them submit projects that would otherwise be done by ...
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HIPAA Violations [closed]

I know it is bad for a non-medical HR person or supervisor to give out personal or medical information about an associate, but is it actually a violation of the HIPAA law in the US? I know that HIPAA ...
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Spin off freelancer partnership - portfolio on website with projects from former company

I am a software developer, currently working at company X. Me and the rest of my team are spinning off to make a freelancer partnership (I think it's called an agency in other parts of the world). ...
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Professional relationship with close friend, who may be acting illegally

It is not my main job, but as way to increase my knowledge in a different field, when I was asked by a close friend to assist him in his business of selling consumers products (he promised me some ...
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In the US, can a job with a religious institution require that I am a member of that institution?

I have seen job postings like the following: Software Development Engineer 5 Company Name = The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Company Location = Riverton https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/...
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Company claiming “place of work” legally has to be the company's registered address for contract purposes

The company I work for has been acquired by another company - both are very small in size, with no more than ten employees total. It's at the point where we've all been asked to sign new contracts, ...
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Is it against german privacy protection laws to disclose that someone worked on the weekend? [closed]

In Germany, if you e.g. learned of an illness of a colleague, you are not allowed to disclose this to other colleagues or even the employee. I am wondering whether something similar applies to ...
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Special contract for return of sponsorship money in case of early departure [closed]

I work for an international corporation having separate companies in Europe and in USA. I am personally based in Europe. Being in contact with several US based employees, I was informed that the USA ...
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Providing potential employer with source code for something I made but isn't publicly available

I've been interviewing for a QA position with a software company. I had spoke about an (Android) app I have been making and they asked to see the source code. I told them it's not publicly available (...
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Contract red flags - to sign or not to sign? [closed]

update Thank you all so much! I consulted a lawyer about the contract and he said not to touch it with a flamethrower. I'll keep looking for something else! I need to quit my digital project manager ...
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Should my company assume the cost of applying for the OPT STEM Extension? [closed]

To contextualize better the situation, I work in a San Francisco startup of 5 employees, which is in the process of getting a series A funding round, and had a previous seed round of around 3 million $...
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Can a job title be changed without the employee being informed about it? [closed]

In a casual conversation, my colleague told me that she was upset that her job title was changed without her knowing about it. Apparently in a meeting in which she wasn't in, her boss had informed her ...
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How to be prepared for legal threats when resigning? [closed]

Context I am a salaried full-time employee at a small company where there are about 30 people. This is in western Europe. There is a high amount of employee turnover and frequently people leaving are ...
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Can I spin out code for work into an LLC that's in an unrelated sector?

I do coding work for a US Fortune 500 company in the financial service sector. On a lark, a coworker asked if I could personally write them a program to automate some audio processing for their job (...
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Contract worker - stolen items off site: How to ask for reimbursement

I was in Mexico working as a contract employee for a US tool company. I went to lunch with one of the workers at the plant I was contracted to work at. I locked up my back pack with my laptop phone ...
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Overpayment of Unused Sick Days after leaving company [closed]

As my role ended with my company, I had unused sick hours (earned sick time). During my last days, I asked for payment of my unused sick hours, which my company provided me with. Recently they ...
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Negotiating a start date

To my knowledge, I'm in an unusual situation for my field (engineering). I am technically an employee of a Staffing Agency and working on a 9 month contract for them at a Consulting Firm, which I ...
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Relocated for an internship, still no work permit [closed]

I am a student, and I recently accepted an offer to do an internship in a foreign subsidiary of a big company A. I was due to start some time ago, and was given help (by a third actor B, a company ...
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I have absconded from a reputed company after 7 working days before signing any offer letter. What could be the consequences?

I joined a reputed company in India, and worked there for 7 days. They did not provide me any offer/appointment/joining letter until that time. I haven't signed any document stating the notice period ...
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Asking me to sign a document to mention new employer if you leave the company

I have a job offer and they sent me some documents to sign. There is no non-compete agreement but in the termination certificate annex (That I certify I returned all stuff etc) there is a line that ...
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Will change in job title cause a problem in getting TN visa?

I'm Canadian, working now in the US on TN visa. Position title is Tech Lead, but in the Support Letter, it was written that I would perform responsibilities of a Computer System Analyst, so I got the ...
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Not getting tips [closed]

I work at a locally owned and operated pizza place, which is part of a larger franchise with stores all over the country owned by several different owners. The owner of my location does not let us ...
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May a recently terminated employee share their dismissal letter with others? [closed]

Suppose a recently terminated employee wants to show others a copy of his or her dismissal letter. For example, the reasons given in the letter might be of interest to other employees, or to ...
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Can I negotiate non-compete so I can still work in my field if I quit, move on or want a better job? [closed]

I'm currently a student about to join a cyber security firm in their SOC department. My worry is that along with everything else I sign they may force me to sign a Non-compete agreement which probably ...
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My job didn't inform me the hospital called to tell me my husband was admitted. Can I take action against them? [closed]

My husband starting feeling sick at work around 9am. His boss let him leave. He went to urgent care, and from there he was taken to the hospital. When he was admitted, the nurse let him know that she ...
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Recruiter and Fallout with Hiring Company

I recently ran into an interesting situation and would like some ethical feedback. Here's the situation: I was contacted by a recruiter about a position after submitting my resume to their site ...