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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Can my employer moderate the use of my personal Twitter?

I work for a public entity (public service for a US state government, executive branch), and my field is data science/statistics. In my personal life I am involved in environmentalism, with ...
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How can I help a coworker with a bad case of impostor syndrome?

I am a software engineer in the US. One of the engineers in our team has a bad case of impostor syndrome, despite being among the most talented software engineers I've ever had the pleasure of ...
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When is a good time to present references, letters of reference, and letters of recommendation?

I don't think I've ever been asked for references or letters of reference before, but I do want to provide them in this particular instance, because they may help me get an offer. I've read you ...
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I've decided to leave my job entirely over ergonomic reasons. How honest should I be at the exit interview?

I'm leaving because: My desk is far too high, nearly at shoulder height. I go home every day with wrist, elbow, shoulder, and back pain. I'm 30 and this has never happened before in previous offices ...
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Is “I missed open enrollment” a reasonable explanation for why I'm leaving a job?

I missed open enrollment [the 30-day deadline in the US for new employees to elect health insurance, or else be uninsured for the rest of that calendar year]. It's ultimately on me, since my company ...
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is It normal for employees to need to pay for their own background check?

I just applied for a new job and one of the requirements is that I needed to take a background check. I have no problem with doing background checks, however they are going to make me pay for the ...
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How can I take an interview while at a job that tries to prevent interviewing?

I'm a software engineer. At my job people often will call me if I go to the bathroom or the break room. They don't need anything, they just want to make sure that I'm still at the office and that I'm ...
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Work requiring employees install Mobile Device Management software on their phones

Throughout the four years I've been working for my employer, I've used my personal phone to keep-up with emails outside the office. It is not a requirement of the job, but it is strongly implied that ...
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Manager Not Changing Errors in Online Job Postings-Suspect Manager is Lying

We are currently hiring two full time employees with 40 hour work weeks. The positions are Clerical Aid I and Clerical Aid II. The Clerical Aid II posting has more responsibilities than the Clerical ...
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Can you collect california short term disability if you only have to stop working one of two jobs?

Background: 1 Full time in office job 1 Part time job, working remote from home Situation: Surgery with 4 week recovery time. Will not be able to work full time job because it is a physical job. ...
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Should I Work As a Student Programmer for Minimum Wage?

I have currently completed 4.5 years of my 5.5-year program for a BS in Computer Information Systems (programming) in Florida. Last summer, I was able to work at the Info Tech department as a web ...
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What to do with an individualized tip from a customer?

I currently work at a popular coffee shop to make ends meet while I do research in math and science. I consider myself a pretty good barista, attempting to go above and beyond for my customers ...
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Told to record my own hours

I started this job a few days ago, and today is my third day working in the office. The employment process was pretty low key; I saw his ad, messaged him, and I started work. I get paid $15 an hour. I ...
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What should I do about the negative feedback I received from my supervisor?

I have been working an entry level position in an R&D lab for 3 months now. This is my first job straight out of college and I have the lowest position at work. I didn't get any real training or ...
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Asked to sign two variants of a form

At my workplace, twice a year, I'm asked to sign a particular form that my working hours are within acceptable limits for the organization. About a year ago, higher-ups started requiring receipt of ...
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Company keeps confiscating cleaning supplies

Recently, the restroom in our office ran out of soap. The first employee to notice it reported it to management, however, no action was taken. After a day or two of repeatedly asking management to ...
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Does being a “protected veteran” have any perks? [closed]

HR sent out a company-wide email asking everyone to provide their veteran status (not a veteran, veteran, protected veteran). There are very few protected veterans / veterans in our company. What if ...
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Couldn't attend holiday party. Should I ask to get the gift offered to remote employees?

My company hosted a nice holiday party that I would have liked to, but was unable to attend due to conflicts. I RSVP'd that I would not attend. The party has already taken place. From others ...
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Updating Resume to Reflect Change in Corporate Structure [duplicate]

My company is modifying their corporate structure and I am going to be reclassified as an employee of a subsidiary organization. The work I do is already for the subsidiary and nothing will change in ...
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Lowered written offer and many red flags, should I follow up on negotiation?

I’ve received an verbal offer from a small company offering X amount base, n% guaranteed bonus and discretionary bonus (as an industry standard structure). The whole package is merely 10% more than ...
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How to appropriately quit a “bad” unpaid internship?

Let me preface this by noting, I put the quotations around bad because it's how I feel about the experience, I understand this may be a "good" opportunity for someone else. I started working this ...
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Resignation, they want to change date to Dec 31st, not Jan 3rd 2020

I turned in my resignation Dec 3rd and gave Jan 3rd as my last day. On the 11th, I was told that they were looking into me leaving on Dec 31st, because they didn't want me to work in 2020. Can ...
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Pre-Approved Vacation Time - Will I Forfeit if I Resign?

I currently have 2 weeks of approved vacation time at my current job, beginning next week (Dec. 23rd - Jan. 3rd). However I just received another job offer today, and that company wants me to start ...
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Adding political volunteer work to resume?

If you have done volunteer work for a political candidate's organization and wish to put it on your resume, what's the best way to do so without potentially offending someone of the opposing parties? ...
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Resigning next day

I had already given notice of about 1.5 months to leave my current employer. This is more than the courtesy 2 weeks notice, considering that my contract states at will employment. It is about a month ...
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Workplace is rescinding on a promise made upon hire

We are in California in case it helps when giving advice on her situation. My wife was hired at her workplace back in February. Part of her negotiation at hire was that they would accommodate her ...
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Software dev interview. Told to come back in slacks before meeting with the CEO. Was this appropriate?

I recently interviewed for a software dev position at a company that seems to be really thrilled about me as a candidate, to the degree that they've been reading my blog and have openly told me that I'...
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How to give notice when everyone is gone on vacation?

I will be starting a new job mid January, and to meet the two-week notice period, I would need to put in my notice on the 27th. However due to other circumstances (finalizing a home mortgage), I ...
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does two jobs at same time screw employee background history?

If a person is having two full time jobs at same time and says he worked like that for couple of years, does this information show up in his employee background check when a potential employer checks ...
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An exodus of software engineers is taking place at my company. What are the pros and cons of staying and what should I be considering?

I’m a junior developer just a few months into my first full time job. At full strength, our department is at 10 developers, including the lead. We were down one developer who has yet to be replaced ...
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My boss asked what number would keep me happy?

I just got done with my 4 year performance review call with my boss (the CTO) where the review was extremely positive and my boss was fishing pretty hard for me to name a number on my target salary. ...
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Confirming extensive health care coverage before accepting a job

I have a special needs child. My child is autistic and requires hours of therapy each week: ABA, OT, Speech, etc. I have always worked at a large well-known company with excellent medical and health-...
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USA Resignation - Changing the last day at a company [closed]

I worked many years, mostly remotely from California/CA, USA, for a company which has offices in many cities of USA including the region where I lived. But, the company recently started discouraging ...
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New Hampshire: Salary employee must take comp time for pay periods under 40h?

I have a question regarding sick/vacation time for salary employees in New Hampshire, USA. If a salary worker in NH works over 40h in a week, they are not paid overtime. However, I am seeing a ...
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Being heavily recruited at new company: Should I tell them I’m trying to get pregnant?

I read this question, but it’s about the non-pregnant partner. A company reached out to me and is heavily recruiting me for a position that I know I'm qualified for. We're talking a $50,000 (USD) ...
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How do I respond to performance review pointing out me being behind schedule and directing my focus towards meeting deadlines?

In the context of performance appraisal I have an option to sign the document electronically to acknowledge that performance has been discussed. I can Agree, Disagree and also have an option to enter ...
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LTD FICA employer match

I receive long term disability (LTD) payments. The LTD policy allows me to work part time. The LTD disability payment I received monthly had an employee Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) ...
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I'm not being given much productive work to do, so I may be looking to move on but my skills are deteriorating meanwhile — how to resolve?

I am working for a small but good software company with solid products in the US. I really like what we do here and my specialized education in one form of computer science is a very good fit for the ...
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VISA sponsorship happens each April in the US

I got this response from a former prospective employer Dec 2019. "Unfortunately, it is too late to sponsor someone for a new visa, as that only happens each April in the US." Does it mean companies ...
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Fired for a policy I didn't know about, as well as another false reason

I worked at a bookstore for several months. Everything was going well and I had no problems or issues. One day I was working the cash register and the manager came in and said he was conducting ...
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Star developer didn’t get a promotion because he isn’t a people person, so he has scaled back his contributions. How can I motivate him?

I’m a VP at a financial institution and oversee a quasi fintech branch of our company. Two years ago, I hired a dev who turned out to be star. Great results putting him on one of our dev teams and ...
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Is it acceptable to prorate PTO promised in an Offer Letter?

I received an informal offer from a software company which included 0 hours of PTO. I countered the offer and was promised 10 days (80 hours) of PTO. With this apparent "signing bonus" as the deciding ...
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How to leverage my coworker's departure into a raise (there are only two people in our position)

Background Since April, I've been at my current job with a midsize company (I have almost 10 yrs experience in total before this job - stayed 4 and 5+ years in previous companies). My coworker, who ...
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Can an employer request employees not take prescription medications onto jobsite location

Can an employer legally order employees not to keep prescription medications on or near their work-space? In my specific case I have a medication that I need to take during work hours that I keep in a ...
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Is a low bus factor a good or bad thing for those managed by the person who is the bus factor of 1-2?

Posted on behalf of a friend. My friend recently had her boss quit. Her boss had been there for 13 years and in that time, had never taken vacation and always did the oncall work. He abruptly quit ...
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How does “unlimited holidays” work in practice? [duplicate]

Lately I am seeing work offers from many companies, and I often found companies based in the US state Unlimited holidays as part of their perks. During the interviews I asked about this, and they say ...
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With a standing desk, are you only supposed to stand for 30 mins at a time?

I've had an adjustable standing desk for several months now. I stand at it all day, unless I have a meeting, then I sit in the meeting room. Recently, I learned that you are only "supposed" to stand ...
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Telecommute - How to complain about selective telecommute privileges

I work in a company in USA where some teams or individuals are fully remote. Our company is trying to get people to work in an office whenever possible, even in situations where it would not make ...
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My manager wants me to leave earlier than my two-weeks…?

My mind was made up and accepted a job offer. I called my manager to give him my two-week notice and he obviously wasn't thrilled of the prospect of another person leaving. (We've had very high ...
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How do I respectfully address new company initiative I disagree with?

I have been working at my company for about two years now. We are very diverse in all departments and have been very welcoming to all - several of my coworkers who are female / minority / etc. have ...