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Gross misconduct and being a scapegoat [closed]

Context: In employment for a small London based software engineering company (3 employees including me) for 18 months now. No previous warnings or grievances or disciplinary procedures. I was due ...
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I am from Northern Ireland, but live in Scotland, and need to complete an advanced disclosure. Should I do this for both Countries? [closed]

Basically, I am from Northern Ireland, but recently (within the past month) moved to Scotland. I went to University in Scotland close to ten years ago, I lived here for about three years. I work for ...
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Employed as consultant in the UK by a US based company. Is this kosher?

I live in the UK and am looking for a new job. I have been approached by a US based company who have no UK subsidiary or presence. They want to offer me a job, but in order to get paid I will likely ...
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How can I solve our insufficient breaks without negatively impacting availability?

I work as lead instructor for a high ropes course. Obviously, it's a safety-critical position - I'm responsible for the safety of both our customers and my team. The problem I'm having is that we don'...
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New manager directly emailing team from personal email, yet they do not start for 3 months [closed]

New manager is starting in 3 months, and yet she is emailing the team from her personal email with a big long list of 60 or so questions about our current work practices. Talk about a poor ...
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Does it matter if a company is incorporated in Delaware? [closed]

I may start working for a US company operating in state X but incorporated in Delaware. I've heard companies do it because Delaware corporate law is somehow convenient to companies, but I don't know ...
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My CV got sent to my current job and we are not currently recruiting [closed]

My CV was sent to my current job by a recruitment consultant who has a long standing relationship with my boss for about 20 years, without my consent. This has led to my boss being hostile towards me ...
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My former direct manager gives me bad reviews. Can I use someone else as a reference? [duplicate]

My most recent employer has been giving me a bad reference to new potential employers. I was offered a position, with a start date, and received a withdraw call 2 days prior to the start date. They ...
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What do I do if I wasn't paid in full for my work? [closed]

Background: Internship in Ohio, USA with agreed upon stipend of $5,000 for the summer semester. The following was sent as an email regarding payment in the contract: Please ensure the student ...
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Contract complete and client now asking for lots of personal info

I friend of mine connected me with a job to create a computer program, given a set of specifications. My only point of contact was an anonymous email address (e.g. joeblow@example.com ). They never ...
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Is it OK for an employee to use employer's stock images for personal projects?

If an employee has access to stock images through the employer, is it OK to use them for his own personal projects or non-commercial use? For example, if he makes his own app or creates a website, is ...
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Is there any legal protection for widowed mothers?

I am a widowed mother of two girls (an 8 year old and a 14 month old), working at a hospital. I have been at this job for about 8 months. My baby has been sick a few times, therefore I've had to ...
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Are there legal consequences for having my salary leaked internally on a document? [closed]

My payroll allocation/information was leaked and shared internally. Naturally, I am furious over this and undoubtedly there will be fallout. I am seeking your input as to whether or not there are any ...
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What legal power/rights do I have in this situation? [closed]

I hoped to never be in a situation where I would have to ask a question on here, but here I am! I work for a UK-based IT consultancy that trains new employees, then places them with other companies ...
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Vacation Balance Dispute [closed]

I accepted job offer based on agreed two weeks paid vacation available year one. When I received written job offer from recruiter that negotiated on my behalf job offer stated "vacation per employee ...
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How "legal" is a pay raise notification effective date that I received? [closed]

Normally, our company (in the US) announces pay raises in January. Last year, however, most of the people in my company did not receive a pay raise. I'm an engineer, and even before this, I was ...
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Should I sign NDA without legal consultation? [closed]

If a client wants to get NDA signed before they can share any proprietary data for small project. Should I sign without getting a legal consultation? If so should I include this cost in the invoice? ...
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Unproductive subordinate missing deadlines due to health conditions and problems outside work

I manage an unproductive subordinate, who has worked for the company for about 8 years. The issue was first raised almost 2 years ago, and has been gradually getting worse. The problem is not the ...
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How can I persuade my boss to license the software I need to use?

There is a software product I use that has a professional version, which costs money, and a community version, which is free and less capable. Also, the end user agreement for the community version ...
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How much monitoring of employers is allowed and usual? [closed]

I am working for a large international company. I mostly sit by myself in my office. There is no registering of when employees leave and come. But do you think they monitor when I am logged into my ...
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Representation in a Meeting With HR

This question relates to UK employment. It is not about me (I'm self employed) but it does relate to someone who is known to me. This person has been summoned to a meeting with their manager and HR ...
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Conflict between one employee's claim of religious freedom and another's sexual orientation

I am the new manager of a sub-team of 6 employees within a larger team of 65 employees. We work for a large Fortune 50 company in the US. One of my employees, "Helen", was previously refusing to work ...
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Transfer of buisness, being ask to resign and to sign new contract

I have been working with a company for around 7 years. They're now splitting the company and moving a number of employees to the new entity, same owners. Now they sent an email saying the employees ...
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I accidentally wrote a virus - help distancing myself from employer [closed]

Over a year and a half ago I was recruited by a company that told me they were writing antivirus software. I found out today that they don't have contracts with legitimate customers, and may be ...
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Can a US employer make a hiring decision based on IQ? [closed]

Given a highly complex job profile, could an employer legally filter job candidates based on their IQ or the results of similar intelligence tests?
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Is it illegal to request full time from foreign contractors in UK?

I have a "good" but so far boring corporate job (Sr. PHP dev) in a german pharmaceutical company, at Argentina, with good benefits (gold health insurance, 3 weeks vacation, paid lunch and snacks). I ...
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My boss tells me to send a copy to him of all emails sent from a colleague

I work in the IT department as a mid-level programmer. One of my responsibilities is to maintain and support the internal mailer of the company. For some reason my boss came and told me I need to CCO ...
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Is it acceptable in a cover-letter (paid position) to express an interest in voluntary work?

I'm an undergraduate student currently studying Computer Science, and my University has a paid job opportunity for undergrads to tutor a couple of hours every week in a class they've excelled at. My ...
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Coworker, driving drunk, was arrested; I was his passenger. Do I tell employer?

We have a "work" softball team (it is made up of all people who I work with but the company doesn't sponsor it although we do have the same team name as our company name). I got a ride from one of my ...
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Employer doesn't want to pay me because I took longer than estimated to finish the work

I work as a junior programmer in Slovakia. This is my first job and I have been with the company for less than a year. This month I was working on a feature that was estimated to take about 1 week ...
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Company forgot to have me sign contract and now wont pay until I do and job is finished [closed]

I had a job where I worked a couple weeks for a temp agency. The hours were long and they owe me a large amount of money, which I need. The other day I got an email saying they had forgotten to get me ...
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Can I refuse to do an external project when my company is not a consultancy? [closed]

I work as a developer in a very small startup. We have an online platform, and my job obviously consists of developing and maintaining this platform. Last week my boss asked me about estimates for a ...
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Being attacked by a client in my workplace - what are my rights?

I work in a home health care situation, and recently I was attacked by one of my clients. I was hit twice, one of which left marks, had my hair pulled, and had my head slammed against a table. I was ...
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Can an employee be expected to find cover for herself when off sick?

A friend has been told that, if she is off sick, she needs to find someone to cover her shifts, and that she can't expect her manager to do that for her. She is a part-time paid employee of a ...
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Recruiter demanding I sign dodgy paperwork after joining job

I recently got a job through a recruiter. Everything has been going well and I've been completing my tasks on time or before. The recruiter who got me the role is working with my employer on a part ...
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Employer demanding I sign additional paperwork before final pay check

I just served my 2 weeks notice to my employer, resigning from my role as a lead web designer in a small company in Eastern Canada. Most of my colleagues understand, as they themselves are planning ...
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Could I not notify my current employer of my future employer to avoid non compete? [closed]

Basically I have a non compete at my current job and I notified my future employer of this. Even though my current employer does not usually exercise it, I want to be cautious. When I leave my current ...
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Put on PIP for reporting my manager to HR, what are my options?

A couple of weeks ago during the performance review my performance had been marked as good. I reported some unethical and unprofessional comments my manager kept on making to me to HR in hopes that ...
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Can Employer file case if by mistake employee down load source code

I am working as an software developer for startup IT software company.Company given me public access on all project source code .There is an download zip option on system on which by mistake I have ...
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Can my boss require me to find coverage if I'm called into jury duty?

I told my manager on Friday that I have to call in on Tuesday to see if I'm summoned. She then responded that I need to come up with a back up plan in case I get called. Can she make me do that? ...
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One partner wants the LLC in his name only [closed]

So, me and two other guys from work have been doing some moonlighting on the side together. We are half way through our first job. The first job is for 15K. Initially we were going to start an LLC ...
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Is "Termination with Gross Misconduct" possible after 3 months from finding that out? [closed]

My friend Bob was using the company's computer to download movies. He got caught 3 months ago, taken under disciplinary procedure and asked "Are you downloading files by using p2p software?" Bob ...
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Which is the maximum allowance for an employer to respond to an annual leave request? [closed]

My employer consistently not responding to a holiday request. By law and contract, my notice period should be twice as big as the total requested days. However, I cannot find any information about the ...
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Is it customary or even legal to order an employee to keep their probation secret? [closed]

If you are placed on probation at work due to your manager finding you performing outside of their expectations. Can they terminate you simply for telling your coworkers? Example As part of "...
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Interviewee offered code samples from current employer -- should I accept?

I've had a technical interview with one person (software development) and I don't usually request for code samples. Reasons aside, this one person offered to show me code that they've been doing for ...
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One-year non compete clause

I'm in the process of signing with a large tech company (think one of Google, Amazon, Microsoft, etc...), and noticed a 1-year non-compete clause in my papers. I feel like given this company is a ...
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Working without compensation, what to do? [closed]

I have come into a strange position and could greatly use some advice on how I should proceed. I am an undergraduate student at an American university in a computer engineering program. For the last ...
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What do you do if your colleague tells your mom that you got fired but your boss hasn't told you themselves?

My boyfriend recently got fired from work but nobody told him as they told me and his mom instead and it wasn't even the manager who said anything it was his colleague, how would we go about solving ...
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Is it standard to sign documents using the computer?

As I am traveling I find it increasingly more difficult to find a place where I can print, sign and then scan the documents I am asked to fill. Is it normal to just add the signature with some program ...
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Signed a contract, and employer moved the start date - can I start looking at other jobs? [closed]

I luckily got a graduate job to start in September and signed a contract (with a clause specifying my September start date). They have since emailed me to say that they are moving the start date to ...