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Questions about the workplace that may specifically relate to cultures, customs, or laws in the United Kingdom.

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Non union employee included in bargaining unit [on hold]

My company is going through a consultation at the moment with the possibility of redundancies. As part of this I have received a letter to say that I will be represented by the Union, even though I ...
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Unwritten addition to my role

I'm currently the System Administrator for a small manufacturer based in the UK. I've a fairly well defined role, which I am currently happy with. Recently I was asked to assist in the role of a ...
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what can we do now to protect ourselves from IR35 [on hold]

It seems that IR35 is going to be rolled out to the private sector with the next uk budget 11/2018. What steps can I take now to protect myself from a potential loss of earnings should this happen? ...
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Pro-rata leave (UK) after resignation, should bank holidays be include in calculation?

I've just handed my notice in, and have a leaving date of the 7th Nov. There's two ways to calculate my remaining leave, in my mind, including or excluding bank holidays. Including: 25 days leave + ...
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What is the most effective strategy of addressing a drug-related arrest during my job hunt?

I'm a second year Accounting & Finance student at a university which ranks in the top 10 universities in the UK. Last year (age 18) I was arrested and given a conditional caution for possession of ...
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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 professional to close with “Your Humble/Obedient Servant” in the UK? [closed]

I'm not asking about this closing's origins that I understand. Rather, is doing this nowadays sane? One of my customers, who's not in the British royal family, always closes her letters with "Your ...
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Are my fears about an internal offer during a redundancy process justified? [closed]

A couple of weeks ago, I was told my entire team was being made redundant. One member was being moved sideways into a different department, two long-term contractors had their terms terminated, ...
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Does being told you're not liked and asked to quit meet the legal definition of harassment under the UK Equality Act of 2010?

I've been looking at the UK Equality Act 2010 act and it says harassment is unwanted or unwelcome behaviour which is meant to or has the effect of violating your dignity. If people literally come up ...
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4-month internship and likely job afterwards: how hard should I negotiate wages now?

Context I am considering an offer I have received. It consists in a four-month internship, paid hourly, leading explicitly to a full-time position (if all goes well, obviously). Being intern prior ...
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Found out a coworker's salary after looking at her boss's unlocked computer

My friend is facing the following problem: Her boss left his computer open and she then looked at his screen, where the salary of a coworker at her level (who since has left the company) was ...
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How much should I have been paid for my internship

I recently finished a summer internship in the UK. According to my contract, my dates were the 2nd of July to the 7th of September: I worked for 10 weeks. My salary was 26,000 per annum. I expected in ...
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Do people being interviewed need to be informed they are part of an investigation?

I'm looking for some guidance, hopefully from a HR professional but any advice is appreciated; for context, this is in the UK so will be subject to our laws/guidelines. I, along with many colleagues ...
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Work contract in one country and work in two countries for a multi-national company?

Is it possible for a multi-national company present in multiple countries to arrange a work contract in one country and have the employee work in the other or both countries? In particular, the two ...
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Manager wants to completely avoid any overtime work. How can I adapt to this change?

I'm asking some advice for my mother. She was hired around 2 years ago for a team leader and customer-facing role. She wanted to be employed full time, but the company did not want to pay for this. ...
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Should I ask for a new package or package revision

I was recently hired on a 3 months contract (sort of a probation period, I successfully passed through), which is now going to be a permanent position with a new contract for me to sign. There was ...
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Why does a new employer ask for General Practitioner Details [closed]

What could be the reasons for a new employer asking about General Practitioner details when I am about to sign a permanent contract with them? Is this usual practice ? Edit They are asking for GP ...
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A colleague found on our LAN all employee's resumes/CV. Is this a data breach? [closed]

I work in an office in the UK with about 120 staff. We all have access to the "public drive" which is a LAN for us to share work. There's also thing on there like pics from the Christmas party, etc. ...
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Right time to ask for extension of contract

I am a contractor and it is coming to a end in a month but there are chances to getting it extended or contract to permanent. When is the best time to ask the manager? I do have deliverables, should I ...
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Professional Institutions : Would membership of one preclude joining another?

In the UK, Chartered and Incorporated Professional Status is awarded by an accredited institution licenced by a national body (some examples licenced by the Engineering Council). Student Membership, ...
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Are these requests common before redundancy?

As background, I previously worked in a development role at my current company. A new development role was created last year to solve a set of perceived issues in one of our workflows - due to my ...
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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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Applied for a job, how to reject request to full in an application form? [closed]

I got approached to apply for a job by a recruiter, two people that have previously worked at this company have told me that it's a terrible place to work so I was a bit hesitant but the recruiter ...
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1answer
479 views

How to escape a shill directorship [closed]

I have been working for a company for a little over 6 years. Around 18 months ago the director approached me with a proposal. He was launching a sister company to do much the same thing but in some ...
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4answers
11k views

Making a loss when working a delivery job? [closed]

I occasionally do part time delivery work for a local takeaway. They provide an amount of pay for 3 hours. However if I do a large range of deliveries in large quantities, I often find after counting ...
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Employer trying to enforce contract after notice period has ended [closed]

I am self employed financial adviser in the UK. My notice period ended on Friday but my employer has stated they are still holding me to my contract even though i have met the terms of the contract ...
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Is this foreign currency policy reasonable? [closed]

I've just had a discussion with one of our accountants. The only 'in policy' method of obtaining foreign currency is to use a local ATM. Purchasing currency from an exchange is not permitted, and our ...
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Unpaid CS internship: am I being screwed over? [closed]

I'm currently doing an unpaid "software engineering" internship in the UK and I'm extremely disappointed. I went in with the expectation that I would be working in a team, have regular code reviews, ...
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11answers
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Do I need to disclose to the company if they did not pro-rate salary in the contract for part time work? [closed]

I recently started a new job, here's how the story went. After the interview process I was offered the job, and told what the wage offer would be. For the sake of arithmetic lets say they offered me £...
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4answers
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If my business hours start at 9:30, at what time should the office be open for staff? [closed]

Over the last few weeks, our manager (who has the only keys to the office) has been arriving to work for 9:25 when our business hours start at 9:30. She hasn't been late every day but it has been a ...
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4answers
9k views

Application form asking for number of sick days [closed]

I'm applying for an internship at a university (I'm a student) and the form has a table asking for absences at my last job, with the number of sick days, reason and approximate date as the columns. I ...
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Asked to repay costs of training if I leave within 12 months [duplicate]

Very briefly, In the UK, I've been asked to sign a document stating I will repay the cost of a training course if I leave the company in the year following it. Am I being unreasonable to refuse to ...
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How can I get written proof?

I work a part-time job (weekends only) in a takeaway for some extra cash (and free food). I have had years of experience (on and off) within this business and they asked me to come back. Upon arrival,...
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Can I use my English name when applying for a job?

I am Chinese and I am applying for graduate jobs in the UK. Is it ok to use my English name when applying for jobs?
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Can I resign if given a “second chance” (UK)?

I broke my contract. I had a meeting with my boss where at the start of the meeting he intended to terminate me immediately. At the end of the meeting he decided to suspend me for two days and bring ...
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Bright Apprentice not being taken seriously

We had an apprentice join our team in late 2017, this is the first time an apprentice has been given a rotation in the Software Development Team so it's a new concept to everyone. For the purposes of ...
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Management falsifying project time billed to client

I'm asking this question on behalf of a friend who works for a large IT company. The company has a large contract with one of their clients. Within this contract, they get a number of smaller ...
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Manager Prioritising Colleagues holidays

Background: So I work in a company where we have flexi time and our holidays are first come first serve. It's in the policy of the company. I work with 2 other developers but our manager (for obvious ...
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Is it unprofessional to car share?

To save some money, my colleague and I decided to start car sharing to and from work. Our workplace operates a flexible working policy between 7 and 7 and we often come in early and leave early to ...
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Not being told what happens after placement

I've been working as an apprentice for the last 1 and a half years in a programming/web development role. I'm really enjoying the company that I work in and would like to continue after my ...
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How to talk to client who refuses to pay for freelance work

I worked on a project which was advertised by a UK company as an internship after applying online. When I started this project, I quickly requested for a contract but I was given excuses as to why it ...
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Irrelevant feedback after job interview

I had an interview for a very large company. Following this interview a few of my ex-colleagues had told me they were aware of other people who had gone in for this job and some current colleagues of ...
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Can I be forced to take paid leave on a day when the office is closed?

My company is having a summer party at our corporate office which is 49.6 miles away from the office I work in. This is happening on a Friday, when I have already scheduled the Monday off because I am ...
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Should I disclose an interim temporary job that I took up between acceptance and joining new employment?

I am based out of the UK. I received a conditional offer from a large public sector organisation for a permanent role in the beginning of July, which I accepted. The instructions on the letter state ...
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Are there consequences for applying for an internal post and being rejected?

first question here - despite being a frequent visitor for however many years. An internal post (Within my current workplace) was advertised which I'm very comfortable in the field - but not ...
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Employer responses to signing off [closed]

I work in UK academia in a moderately senior position and am already planning to change jobs as I am overwhelmingly stressed at work. I have recently seen a doctor and they have recommended signing me ...
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Returning to work after 2 week medical break due to mental health issues

Background A week ago I was prescribed to take 2 weeks off by my doctor. This was/is due to mental health issues I was experiencing which got overwhelming at the time. I am still seeking and waiting ...
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Is it ok for me to spend all day working for a prospective employer as part of the interview process?

I've been looking for work for 3 months now, while I do have some weakness I do have a set of technologies that is rare. I tried to give many exercises test but this one is different. The potential ...
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Probation period extended [closed]

I started my job in April 8th 2018, so now it's been 3 months. My manager wants to extend this probation another 3 months, which I understand (but I don't agree) The thing is I haven't signed any ...
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Can an employer reject a job application based on not having a passport? [closed]

I was contacted by a company after providing them my CV. After that, a few weeks down the line they asked me what my status is in the UK and stated they need this information for a security clearance. ...