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Is the company wrong for punishing me from my Bradford score?

This year I quite severely injured myself and had to have an operation leaving me out of work for 3 weeks. The company have included this in my before score which makes it much worse. Other than that ...
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Is it legal for my employer (UK) to ask personal questions? [closed]

My employer in the United Kingdom has been requested by a third party (whom we, the company, work for) that all employees complete a security related interview involving personal questions such as if ...
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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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What marks the start of a new employment?

I have started working in a new place, which I am not sure if I want to work because of many reasons, but I haven’t signed an agreement yet. It has been 2-3 days. If I leave this workplace, will they ...
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Job title when sole member of own company

I recently started a company, and as the only member, I am not sure what title to give myself. While it feels silly to spend time on something so trivial, I have a few concerns: Ideally, I want to ...
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Is this a reasonable non-compete for an independent contractor?

I am an independent contractor who was just awarded a full-time contract. I am concerned about signing it. Non Compete - The Contractor specifically agrees that for a period of 5 years after the ...
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How can I negotiate remote work due to my phobia

I have joined in a new workplace and I haven’t signed an agreement yet. It is the second day. The office is based in a church which isn’t in service but I have megalophobia (fear of a huge structure). ...
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Should I use the Disability Confident Scheme to get an interview?

I am applying for an assistant professor position at a university in the UK. This is a very competitive position and my chances of getting it are quite small. I can however be guarantied an interview (...
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What options are there for getting help with job hunting? Especially abroad

2 months ago I decided that I didn't like the life I have in the town I moved to a year ago for my current job. So, I dusted off my CV and submitted it to every site I could think of, expecting to get ...
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What is the best way of dealing with a work colleague who triggers my anxiety?

I am in the unfortunate situation where a colleague who literally sits at my bank of desks constantly triggers my anxiety. This has progressed over time and can be anything from: commenting ...
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Can avoid asking for a later start date?

I am very stressed with this, thus I kindly ask for any help available. I am working in Bavaria, Germany. I am seriously considering accepting an offer (should arrive by tomorrow) to work in London ...
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Can UK employer ask non-UK candidate about their marital status?

The company in question employs some people outside UK, I overheard a conversation with a manager and external staff where manager asked, maybe jokingly, to investigate potential staff's marital ...
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Placed as a grad with client who now want to recruit me, but I'm planning to move to a location where they have another office. How to proceed?

I work in the tech industry in uk. I am part of what is called a graduate scheme and got placed in a company for a certain amount of time. A graduate scheme basically trains you, then places you in ...
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Do you celebrate paying your mortgage off with colleagues?

Where I work it is normal for colleagues to bring in treats on their birthday or when they return from holiday. I'm in the situation where I've just paid my mortgage off, at the age of 31. Obviously ...
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Company asks (more than once) if I can involve family members in project

My company has (repeatedly) requested that I ask my family members to trial their service. I would rather keep family and work separate, and so I told them my family wasn't interested. However, I ...
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Worried about getting fired, but would like to give 2-3 months notice

I’ve been at my job as a junior copywriter for nearly two years. The standards where I work are very high and I’ve been struggling to keep up. They are concerned about my lack of progress (despite my ...
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What is a MUST before handing in my notice for a contract job?

I always had been a permanent employee. I had been offered a contract a few days ago... they want me to start in a week... I know that with permanent positions, I need written offer from new ...
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Is it standard/normal to request details of illness on a return to work form (sick leave) (UK)? Should I provide the details?

So, I was recently off for two days due to flu, post weekend, and I'm now returning to work. I have to complete a self assessment form, and complete an interview with my line manager. This is the ...
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Told working hours aren't good enough… I do way more than I am paid, what do I do?

Ok so I work for a bank in London and am currently suffering a situation where: the team is under resourced but due to budgets the firm are making more and more cut backs, but work is always ...
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When does probationary period end? [closed]

I am trying to understand when my probation period ends. My contract states that The first 6 months is probation period and notice is 1 week for either party and once its ended notice is 1 month. ...
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Breach of confidentiality. How serious is my case? Should I act upon it?

Let's start with the context: I am working in the company which is a child/daughter company to a bigger company. I had a formal complaint raised against me by my co-worker. Grievance investigation has ...
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Should I do a Master's degree if I am already employed in the field? [closed]

I am very torn about whether to take the plunge to do a Master's degree. I graduated a few years ago with BSc in Maths which I didn't particularly enjoy, only the statistics and programming courses. I ...
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Effective demotion? [closed]

My company (in the UK) has recently been taken over by another and they are going to be merging the two organisations and the relevant teams. My current team is small and I work alone on my area of ...
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Should I ask for a meeting schedule?

The team I'm part of, will meet our stakeholders (our internal clients who also represent our external clients) in a few days time. The stakeholders are based in another country, the UK, more ...
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I'm working remote and company may want to change that

I joined this company around 1.5 months ago on a contract basis. They are mainly based in the USA but there are 2 other employees in the UK including me. We have been working remotely and just ...
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Should a staff canteen allow using their cutlery without buying food? [closed]

I work for a large British bank. As of Monday, staff are no longer allowed to use the cutlery in our canteen unless they are buying food. Loss was the cited reason - around 20,000 pieces a year. The ...
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Should I be honest telling my current boss why I want to move?

Some background story: I moved a couple of times always to big cities, due to my last and current job I moved in a small city. My first year here wasn't really a pleasure for various reasons (racism, ...
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Is it legal/fair to have probationary period in redundancy role reapplication scenario?

Is it fair/legal to for an employer to add probationary period in restructuring/redundancy scenario, wherein they require employee to apply for restructured positions in same department with exactly ...
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Can my deputy manager make me work a shift I can't do?

I've been at my workplace for 3 years. For about a year I've had set nights where I work Monday and Tuesday nights every week. I don't, and have never, worked Friday nights because I have a second job ...
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How to address smirking of colleague [closed]

I work in a small team, this guy had recently joined, like a month ago and I love to teach/mentor and my manager sees me enjoying and good at it, the colleague is of my age but he smirks a lot e.g. If ...
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Should I complain to HR about being mocked for request I made [closed]

I work in the I.T. department as I had an issue with cheap toilet roll and unable to sit because of pain so I decided to put in a request. We use a survey site to put in suggestion and those that get ...
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Asked about compensation history?

I have been going through the hiring process with a company in the banking industry (in the UK). As part of the process HR are asking for my compensation history - base salary, bonus & other cash ...
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Employer hired me for a role wildy different to what I applied for and now I'm underworked and bored [duplicate]

I recently graduated from a well known University with a respectable degree but I haven't applied for jobs that are even remotely at my level because I severely lack confidence in my ability to ...
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How to ask for if I can leave hour early to pick my son

My son recently joined Kindergarten and my wife work too but the timing is odd for her whereas my work in flexible I.e. if I start at 7, can finish at 4. Now due to my son starting school. I have to ...
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Had to miss a shift - boss ignoring me [closed]

I have a second job doing a couple shifts in a pub. They asked me to work this Sunday to which I agreed. I was supposed to start at 2pm. I got a call from my dad (who is currently on vacation) at ...
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Can I ask for a company car for 1 week from my work when they are sending me to a different site

So I work at Location A in the UK and have done for 2 years, it is about 10 miles from home so each week my commute is roughly 100 miles. I have been told for 1 week I need to go and work at a ...
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How can I respond to comments, made by colleagues, about my job performance?

I work for an animal charity in the uk as a fundraiser and recently found out that the staff who work with the animals think I "don't do anything". I was told by a trusted co-worker that this was ...
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Headhunted for a role in a Competing Company [closed]

I have recently been contacted about a role from a company which my current company is in major competition with. My contract states that I cannot work for competing companies for 6 months upon ...
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How can I get equivalent unpaid time off, since I won't need parental leave

On top of maternity/paternity pay, my (UK) employer offers "parental leave" to any parent: this is the option to take additional unpaid leave. Parent's are offered the option to take up to 9 weeks ...
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Asked about working overtime in startup interview, no overtime pay or equity?

I'm currently in the interview process to work at a mid-size startup which has been operating for 4 years and with 50-100 employees. One of the questions they asked me in the interview was along the ...
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Asked to work abroad for some days, but was not allowed, although another coworker is. How can I follow up with this?

I live and work in the UK and my company allows me to work from within UK without me notifying them about this. I asked my manager 2 months ago whether I could work from another country for a period ...
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Job offer without any details but asking me to withdraw other applications - is it normal?

I have recently applied for a job through a recruitment agency, and had my interview last Thursday. On Friday the agent called me and said that the company is keen on giving me an offer. He said he ...
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Suffering from burnout - change jobs or take a break?

Some background: I currently work in a small/medium company which was my first solid job after graduation (I had worked for a year in different temp roles). I have worked at this job for almost 3 ...
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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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After being employed for 8 years, being asked for past references

Out of the blue and after 8 years working in the same company my employer is asking for references for two employers from the past. Can they do that?
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I found out the “default salary” for a position is higher than the offer I accepted. Should I feel cheated?

I have recently accepted a job offer with their proposed salary offer. However, after accepting the offer, I saw a written note of my offer details, which was meant to be used as a reference for the ...
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Salary, hours no new contract? [closed]

My boss has offered me to go salaried at work after I gave my resignation in. I sad yes to this and stayed however I have not signed a new contract and am still on my 32 hour pay horly contract, we ...
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Job offer from 2 companies in the same building [closed]

So for the past two years, I have been working part time for a company whilst at college and now I’m about to enter my last year which could govern me signing a full time contract or leaving. As ...
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To what extent does choice of undergraduate dissertation impact job opportunities

To what extend does choice of undergraduate dissertation matter when applying for engineering jobs? I understand that a company will value a dissertation that is closely linked to the work they do, ...
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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 ...