Questions tagged [united-states]

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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I resigned from my job and know my new employer is postponing my new job due to COVID 19

I resigned from my job of 13 years to start a new job. My final day was March 20th and was to start my new job on March 23rd. The new job has postponed my start date to potentially April 6th They ...
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I have been furloughed and told that in order to come back my salary will be cut in half, indefinitely. Is this okay?

I work for a small non-profit and at the start of the pandemic in the United States myself and at least one other employee that I know of were furloughed. The other day I received an email stating ...
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What job options do I have as a combat-injured Marine?

I had to retire from the Marine Corps, after 22 years of service, because I was badly injured by an IED. Obviously, what happened altered the plans I had for a career after retirement. I have a BS ...
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Rescinded job offer due to Covid 19- already resigned and took time off [closed]

I accepted a job offer with a start date of March 30th 2020. I gave my company notice March 10th, we mutually agreed my last day would be March 13th because my workload was very light and they were ...
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Was I wrong asking my boss whether my co-worker needed to get checked at Employee Health?

My co-worker just flew back from vacations in Ft. Lauderdale and had previously said she needed to get checked at Employee Health before returning to work, but she just showed up. I asked her ...
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quitting a job due to COVID-19 [closed]

Although my job can be mostly done at home, the manufacturing company I work at frowns upon it. I have skills to find more remote friendly jobs. Right now our state only has 100 cases so the governor ...
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How do I go about applying for jobs that I have no professional experience, yet overwhelming personal experience and not make it sound creepy or bad

I've ran across several positions in healthcare/ living assistance that I would not qualify for professionally. Yet, because I've helped my mom (recently deceased), and now more and more my father, I ...
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new job delay starting due to Coronavirus

I was supposed to start my new job on March 16, after quitting my old job (my last day was 3/1) I have already signed a contract with my start date included, but two things: I asked to postpone the ...
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Should I delay a salary increase because of the coronavirus outbreak?

Right before the coronavirus hit I got a large raise from my employer. I accepted a match, after getting another offer. The company is on the smaller side and I think it was a stretch for them to make ...
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Workplace badly mishandling COVID-19 response

My partner is in a difficult situation with their job and we are not sure how to handle it. We live in a state that has ordered all non-essential services to shut down. The CEO of my partner's company ...
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IT manager giving false information to management about the possibility of remote work

My local government has requested that non-essential businesses either close or move to remote working if possible for the next two weeks. My company of around 100 people could do this, as everyone's ...
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Being reassigned from remote work back to the office to cover for someone who has concerns re corona virus

The entire office is being assigned to remote work at home which is what I did. But now I have to do a different job at the office. Only two of us have to. Is it legal for my federal employer to ...
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How to evaluate business-to-government startup as prospective employee

I received a job offer from a research and development startup whose revenue stream comes from government contracting for defense and intelligence agencies. I am not familiar with business-to-...
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Biased manager in IT industry [closed]

My boyfriend who works in a US IT industry has a manager who is very biased towards certain country. He gangs up with them and gives them higher merit increase (he asked his colleague and he said the ...
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Is it possible to protect my employment while taking a leave of absence due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic?

I am a junior software developer in a governmental organization that has the ability to give its employees remote access to their workstation so they can work from home, but uses it sparingly and ...
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Should I get paid for un-worked weekend days during business travel?

My (US) company is sending me on a trip (about a 4 hour flight away) spanning Weds to Weds. The organization I'm visiting will be closed over the weekend, so I don't expect to do any work on Sat and ...
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Is it reasonable for my employer to make me use unpaid time off to drive back after a work conference?

I was at a work conference last week that was supposed to go M-F. It ended a day early and I drove home Friday during the day instead of Saturday. When I got back in the office today, my manager told ...
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Time management while studying part time with a full time job and a family

I would like some help, I am starting classes in the fall and I am worried that time management will get the best of me. I am a husband and a father, with a house to take care of and I normally work ...
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How much personal information should I give to a recruiter?

I'm looking for a job right now, and I got all the standard questions, but they are asking for things I am not sure I should give out. LinkedIn ID Skype ID Last 4 digits of my social security ...
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Can my employer legally threaten to fire me unless I cut off in-person contact with the outside world? [closed]

I am currently working at a company in the United States. Out of privacy concerns, I cannot elaborate beyond that. Over the past few weeks, our CEO has become increasingly concerned about COVID-19. ...
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Is wearing a green sport jacket to an interview a terrible idea?

A little bit of background, I am currently homeless, and have limited access to clothes, and even more limited access to funds. Buying new clothes is out of the question, and it is too late now for me ...
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Can my new employer require me to sign an agreement agreeing to repay training costs provided by another employee if I terminate by end of year?

I started my position in February and was presented today, 3/5/2020, with an "Employment Agreement" which states, in part, "If the employee terminates employment prior to December 31, 2020, liquidated ...
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Accept current job offer or wait for future offer? [closed]

I am completing my undergraduate teaching degree this April. I currently student teach at an elementary school and have received a verbal job offer. My fiance and I are moving to another city about an ...
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How can I ensure my position in case I lose a valuable certification

I have a certain type of certification that is a hard requirement for about 25% of the work I do. I believe this was a strong factor in the decision to hire me. There is a possibility I may lose this ...
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Can too many background checks be harmful?

I had a job interview where the company wanted me to fill out an application and a background check form at the same time. I didn't really want them to do a background check until I was offered a ...
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Learned Professional Exemption as an Hourly Employee

I'm working as a contract engineer for a staffing company, and I'm contracted full-time to an engineering consultancy. I'm listed as an exempt employee on my offer letter, but I don't know if I ...
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Is it acceptable to ask for unpaid leave if you've used up your PTO days? [closed]

If an employee has already maxed-out on their allotted PTO days, do companies typically allow them to take off extra days as unpaid time off? Here's the background: I work as a developer in a USA ...
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How should I address being forced to job hop in interviews?

I'm on my third software engineering job in the two years I've been out of school. At each job, no one has been allowed to take time off for any reason whatsoever. People have been fired in the ...
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Can a supervisor forbid me from being friends or talking with a co-worker?

Summary: friend at work is a poor performer, my manager tells me they are bad influence and I should stop hanging out with them. I work as a teacher and am a union member. I have one co-worker who I ...
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What are the responsibilities of an inactive or expired security clearance?

What are the responsibilities of someone who possessed a security clearance but is no longer employed by the DoD? I currently work for the US DoD, but I am planning to become fully self-employed in ...
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As a job seeking mid-level or senior developer, is it pragmatic to spend time on take home quizzes and assignments?

A colleague and I, both mid-level developers, were having a disagreement regarding a recent job prospect they had where the individual from HR asked my colleague if they'd be willing to do a language-...
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Am I growing enough?

My specific question is given all my background, is this the kind of work experience that's typical/expected in the industry, and I'm just slow? Never worked another job other than this so want to get ...
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Contract ending shortly before maternal leave

I am an employee of a private company (I work in DC. The company is based / headquartered elsewhere.) on a three-year contract. It expires three weeks after I am expected to start maternity leave / ...
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Why do my co-workers resent someone who is taking a lot of sick leave?

I’m in my first job out of college as a software developer and am adapting to how workplaces work. One of my co-workers is clearly having personal problems and is taking a lot of time off. Problems ...
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Promotion cancelled due to citing white privilege; should I just quit?

TL;DR: I said at work that someone got promoted to my dream position due to 'white privilege', my manager threatens me with dismissal unless I write secret apology I've been trying for 18 months to ...
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How can I persuade my employer to give me an adjustable desk?

I work in an office setting and as a result, need to be on my computer for extended periods throughout the day. Since before I started with my current company, I've had lower back pain issues, which ...
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How can an employee appropriately influence an employer to add a high deductible plan (with HSA) to their medical benefits offered?

Is it realistic for an employee to influence an employer, and the HR department, to add a high-deductible health plan to the medical benefits offered by the company? In this case, the employee ...
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How to ask management to stop raising goals we're failing to meet?

For the past several months, nearly all of the developers in my project have been exclusively allocated to fixing defects. The various managers involved have set goals for the number of defects that ...
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How to handle an injury that happened outside the workplace?

I've had a relatively mild concussion (outside of work). Ideally, I'd like two or three days to recover before jumping back into work, but I've already burned most of my sick days and would like to ...
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Does management experience hurt or “look bad” on an engineer's resume

If I've worked in engineering for 10 years, and accept a management role, does it hurt my resume/CV when applying as an engineer at other companies? My employer is giving me a choice between becoming ...
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Reasons for exempt software engineer to be assigned a 35-hour work week?

I received my first paycheck from my current employer and it stays that I only worked 70 hours in a 2 week period and when I asked HR they stated that I am a 35 hour a week exempt employee: Certain ...
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Mandatory one hour unpaid lunch

I work in a devops-like role in Colorado. My manager recently let us know that he wants everyone on the team to be taking a one-hour unpaid lunch break every day so that we each span 9 hours of ...
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Employer changes working hours from flexible schedule to early mornings?

My friend has a 100% commission job. They accepted the offer a few weeks ago because they were thrilled to find a job which explicitly had extremely flexible hours. The employer even told them that ...
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Appeals process when employer fails to enroll an employee's dependent in health insurance

I live and work in New York City; my employer is a large not-for-profit (thousands of employees). This past November I enrolled in my employer's annual benefits-enrollment period. For the first time ...
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Is there any benefit to being a W2 at-will employee without benefits or salary versus a 1099 contractor?

My friend has a W2 100% commission job. He looked for a W2 because too many 1099 jobs were scams. However, this job has: No benefits (health, dental, etc) No base salary Completely at-will - ...
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Promoting training pay commission draws for new employees that are not intended to be paid?

I have a friend and they got a job a few weeks ago. The job is 100% commission, but there is a $15 per hour training pay for 6 weeks in the form of a draw against future commissions. Two weeks in, ...
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Am I about to get fired for poor performance?

I'm a new grad 6 months in to a startup job and am loving it, but I don't think they are loving me. I was hired mainly for my skills related to subject A but I have been tasked mostly with subject B. ...
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Can an employer make you be on call when you weren't hired to be?

Asking for my wife who works for a fast food restaurant in Virginia. She was told by a supervisor that she needed to be on-call (reachable by phone and close by) in case they needed her, whenever she ...
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Need to withdraw an application unless their HR changes their rules - how to do so?

I'm 3 months into the interview process for a pretty prestigious research lab. It'd be a great gig. The hiring manager has told me that my peer references were great and I'm by far the most qualified ...
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Going Postal Warning Signs

A deputy director with the California Department of Conservation tells employees he is the angel of death, yells at employees, and tells employees they better run when they see him. At what point is ...

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