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Questions specifically related to a job market and other aspects of employment and career in the companies located in and following the laws of the United States of America.

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Can I gracefully skip part of a work outing?

I have just started a job 4 days ago (hooray!). The model of my team is a "startup within a big corporation," so we work in a coworking space separate from the main campus, people are in and out a lot,...
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Relocating to different city; 1-month notice given, but workers contract says 3-month required and employer is NOT letting me leave

I work at a small private business in USA, California. My family recently decided to relocate to a different city and I cannot keep working at the same company as commute time is unrealistic. I ...
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Can't make payroll [closed]

I recently left a doctor's office where I was working as an Lab Nurse straight from completing my degree. I started there in Jan and since May 15th the company has been missing payroll. Scheduled pay ...
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Recommending previous coworkers while new

I recently started a new software job in the US (less than a month ago) and want to know when and what is appropriate for recommending previous coworkers. My last company experienced a cultural shift ...
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How Can I Work for a US Company from Anywhere in the World? [closed]

I am a US citizen and for various personal reasons I need to be able to travel around the world for extended periods of time, often for longer than a year. I am wondering if there is an arrangement ...
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Should I delete certain academic credentials from my resume?

I graduated from my master's program in International Relations just four months ago in May. I went to a top-10 school for my field of study in the US. I am still in the process of looking for ...
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Should I disclose my intention to take parental leave before accepting a job offer?

I am considering a job offer from a company that offers 3 months paid parental leave. I am expecting a child in a few months, and I intend to take advantage of that benefit. I have already reviewed ...
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Boss threatens employee with losing their job if they don't cooperate in forcing an ex-employee to drop charges

A friend's manager recently fired a coworker for no apparent reason, even though most people in the office considered the ex-coworker to be hard-working and efficient. After some time the ex-coworker ...
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What is it that defines a “working day” in the US?

Before you read any further please note that: I'm working in a country where one is expected to work 8 hours a day Lunch breaks are not paid I never worked for a US company (so I don't know much of ...
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Employer is misrepresenting the actual dates worked, but not the total hours - is anything untoward going on?

I hold an hourly position where I work 40 hours per week across three days (2x 14 hour days and 1x 12 hour day). If I work overtime (over 40hr per week) I do get overtime pay, but my state does not ...
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Boss frequently thanking me for doing my job

I have this job in the US for years now. I come from a different country and a different culture where people don't frequently say thank you at workplace. Over the past few years, my boss would thank ...
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How to address a coworker about their emotional behavior at work?

I have a coworker who produces good work, but is difficult to work with. When confronted with a problem, he can easily get frustrated and will frequently derail meetings and hinder progress once he ...
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Is this e-mail offer seen as final or still negotiable?

Final update I negiotiated and got a much better offer: roughly 1/3 more than originally offered. Needless to say that I accepted - even gladly so. Thank you all very much for your inputs! I have ...
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Avoid salary requirement for exempt employee by changing job title? [closed]

I'm a software engineer working in California. I've been working at my current company for about 5 years and am generally quite happy. Recently, management has been interested in making me an exempt ...
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My work contract was renewed - should my PTO days get renewed too? [closed]

I started a work contract in August 2017, which came with 10 days of paid time off. I was not actually given access to my contracting company's PTO system until December 2017 though, so until the end ...
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New employer wants me to start in two days. I want to give two weeks to my current job.

I just got a new job offer, and they want me to start in two days because there's an event they'd like me to be at. I think this event would be beneficial and would like to go, but I want to give my ...
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How to deal with a company that ghosted me? [closed]

I got a verbal job offer. The offer was repeated on two separate occasions. It wasn't conditional. It was a clearly stated job offer. I was promised a written contract within a few days. And then ...
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What's a good excuse to ask for an Employment Contract?

I work for a small company and I'm looking to quit. I never received a copy of my contract, because I neglected to make my own copy, and I was never provided one. Since it's a small company, there's ...
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Should I mention my doctor’s appointment at my meeting with HR?

Recently, I was involved in an incident where an employee sprayed air from one of the compressed tanks we use for the soda machines at my face, resulting in my loss of hearing for three seconds ...
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Why does the US FLSA have a separate classification for “Computer Employees”? [closed]

I've been reading a Fair Labor Standards Act fact sheet. I don't understand why "Computer Employees" are classified differently from Professional employees. What is the justification for that ...
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Reasons for a company to offer a lower salary than the standard, without improving their benefits?

This is stemming from another thread I started Company has low-ball job offer, refuse to negotiate, is this a common hardball negotiation tactic? Where a discussion in the comments was sparked about ...
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Is this rejection due to automated screening? [closed]

I applied for a bilingual flight attendant position at a large US-based airliner, but my application got rejected. The generic rejection letter is as follows (some parts have been left out or altered ...
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Does this job application verbiage imply that I am consenting to a credit check?

For various reasons, I avoid job applications which require a credit check. I filled out a job application (in the state of Texas) today with this language. How do you interpret this? Does it imply ...
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Discrimination - ADA reasonable accommodation [closed]

I have a position as Business Analyst. I suffer from chronic depression, which has been clearly communicated with medical certification to my manager and HR. I requested that I be allowed to work ...
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1answer
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The importance of experience in job search [closed]

I graduated with an MA degree three months ago, and am still searching for jobs. Before matriculating in graduate school, I had thought about deferring enrollment for a year. I was offered a job at a ...
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Police reports and background checks

I'm planning on giving notice today, in anticipation of starting with new firm in two weeks. As usual, the new company will do a background check on me. A month ago some woman in a daycare parking ...
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Manager says “yes” even when he means “no”

I sometimes make requests to my manager for certain resources like data to analyze certain trends. Most of the times, he says yes and gives me what I need but after two or three reminders. However, ...
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What are my options if offered a different role? [duplicate]

Let's say I've been working as a developer for more than 5 years and all was good. Most of the projects I've worked on changed form and are mostly fully automated now and don't require maintenance or ...
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Consequences of not attending work offsite day as a contractor? [duplicate]

The scenario is the whole office (30 people) is having an off-site day at park, like a (catered) picnic. It’s not a teamwork type of retreat, though I’m sure a side effect is better teamwork in the ...
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Let go after revealing LGBT status, should I include this job on my resume? [duplicate]

I started working as an administrative assistant in Wisconsin through a staffing agency in March, and one morning in June (about 3 months in), I got a call from my agency coordinator and was told that ...
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How to explain to your boss you are not interested in working nights and weekends?

I work at a software development company as a developer in the United States. I am well compensated in this salaried role. I work with other developers who are typically are happy to be brought into ...
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Best approach to take when discriminated against on the job due to disabilities?

I have a hearing impairment, mild autism, and a few other impairments. NOTE: This is not a current situation, but one that I faced in the past. An advice for how to act if this were a current ...
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How to Tell Employer I'm Interviewing But Don't Plan to Leave

EDIT: This question is specifically about how to communicate my actions and goals to my current employer. This question is unconcerned with the ethics of interviewing without intention of taking the ...
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Confidentiality of Terms: Cannot discuss salary or benefits

I recently witnessed an offer of employment where, under the confidentiality of terms, it stated: You agree to follow the Company's strict policy that employees must not disclose, either directly ...
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Should I give more than 2 weeks notice if I'm out of office before my end date? [duplicate]

Background I work at a large international company as a software engineer. I'm part of a small specialized team of me and 3 electrical and systems engineers (I'm the software specialist of the team). ...
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Do un-contracted workers have to fill out W4?

I worked via verbal agreement, and have been paid with a check (from the business, not a personal check). I am now being asked to fill out a W4, but from my experience with this company I am very ...
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State and Federal tax will be paid by the company

Recruiter said that my rate is too high and proposed low rate, but they pay my taxes: Rate of $xx/Hr on W2(State and Federal tax will be paid by the company) I asked does it mean that I get ...
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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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Can you apply for security clearance on your own?

I have recently moved to the Washington D.C. area and work remotely on a contact. That contact is likely to expire in a few years, and I've noticed that local companies are willing to be an ...
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Can an employer refuse PTO based on performance?

For context, I live in the US, in California. As a new employee, I get 10 days of PTO to use in our first year of employment, pending approval from our boss. We're asked to submit our PTO request as ...
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What is the proper business address format when office is in located in another unrelated business?

I rent office space inside another company. Is there a proper/formal format for writing out my address on business correspondence? Just an example... Would that be the way to do it? Thanks for any ...
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Is it acceptable to leave work early to see an apartment?

I am in the middle of apartment hunting, and I'm getting too close to the end of my current lease for comfort, so I'm taking any opportunity I can to see showings, which sometimes can only happen ...
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Should you inform the higher-ups if you believe that a (lower) supervisor didn't follow the correct procedure to force a resignation? [closed]

Someone got the boot from a supervisor which clearly was not informed of the actual work of the employee (all the reasons for termination/forced resignation where one-sided and didn't really stand to ...
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Should I try to push back on my boss' decision to remove a feature that it useful to myself and other employees? [closed]

Recently, my boss announced a decision to no longer allow me and my coworkers to swap or drop shifts using the When I Work app. Their alternative has been that all parties must physically be present ...
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Late-stage interview: am I being blown off or is this a negotiation tactic? [closed]

I've gone through four interviews with a high profile company in a big city for a non-entry-level career. The third interview was a 5 hour technical interview where, at the end, the senior staff said ...
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In angel.co, is the ”reply to this email with 3 available times in the next week“ response message sent by the website automatically or by recruiters? [closed]

In https://angel.co/, I received messages from two interested recruiters from different companies, whose job descriptions say that they don't provide working visa sponsorship. I replied to them ...
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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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How to deal with disabled coworker who wastes time in office? [duplicate]

I work in the US. I have to develop some software with a disabled coworker (has disability parking card). He was working on this project alone for a few months and my manager added me to the project ...
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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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Hourly employees - are 'pre-work' activities being unfairly ignored as time worked?

A friend of mine recently started working as an hourly non-exempt employee for the first time in his life. He shared with me his frustration after two weeks on the job that, as a salaried worker, ...