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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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Need help to respond to unexpected lay off [closed]

I work at a small PROFITABLE IT consulting firm in USA and I just finished two projects successfully, fighting with some "manageable" health problems (IBS).After that, I have not had a project for ...
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Should I be getting reimbursed for travel miles?

I apologize if this question is stupid or obvious, but I'm relatively new to the workplace. I just recently turned 18 and have now started traveling domestically and internationally to support our ...
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Impact of 100% travel on salary expectations?

There are a lot of great points raised on How can I determine a reasonable salary to ask for? including points about location affecting the salary you ask for. Similarly, Does my geographic location ...
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US employer suggests two 90 day contract periods instead of work VISA. Is this okay? [closed]

I'm a Canadian citizen going to work in the US for 5 months starting in May. My employer said that due to the fact I'm being hired a little late in the game, and the H1B work VISA takes several months ...
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Filing for benefits under the Trade Act [closed]

In the US workers who lose their jobs because the work went overseas may be eligible for benefits under the Trade Act. There were substantial changes to the act effective January 1, 2014. Prior to ...
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Are letters of recommendation in the US private sector useful?

A fellow who has been an excellent account rep with a vendor we used has been subject to a downsizing by his company. He has been out of work now since November. I've told him he can use me as a ...
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How can I compensate for the lack of work experience as an international Masters degree student in the United States? [duplicate]

I am studying for a Masters in Computer Science in the United States as an international student. My problem is I don't have work experience. I searched with no luck. I want to know how I can find an ...
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Is there a special contract format that must be followed when hiring an unpaid intern in the US? [duplicate]

I am interested in hiring an unpaid intern in the United States. I have reviewed the outline from the Dept. of Labor, and I meet the criteria. I have an LLC, and I want to bring in a college student. ...
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Does Being Paid Salary Mean My Days Should Be Longer? [closed]

I was recently moved from hourly pay to salary pay so I'm used to leaving work on time. Now that I'm salary though I keep getting remarks from management that seem point at I should be staying at work ...
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What do I need for moving from Canada to the States [closed]

I want to work in the states after completing my degree in Canada. I was born in Canada and have lived here my entire life (if that makes any difference to moving). What do I need to do before I start ...
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Job Offer and Health Insurance Portability

I am pending an offer on a new job. I have a dependent who is receiving health insurance coverage through my current employer. Can this be a deal breaker for an offer when I port it to my new employer?...
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How to ask my manager about guidelines around taking sick leave during my notice period? [closed]

UPDATE: California, USA. This question specifically is about whether any company, in general, will consider a sick leave taken by an employee to care for his/her spouse qualifies as sick leave, even ...
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What is a reasonable notice period to quit a *contract* job, if you are a developer? [closed]

I have recently had this issue. I myself was not sure but gave one week of notice. I think I did the right thing. By giving a two week notice, I would created uncertain environment for two weeks ...
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Consulting for a competitor under a different role: possible conflict of interest?

I work as a circuit design engineer at my full-time (W2) company where I got recently promoted from circuit test engineer. My previous role of circuit test engineer at this company involved circuit ...
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EEO Self-Identification Form: Should I fill out diversity information?

Disclaimer: I know that discrimination is real and can be devastating. This is not about race, gender, or politics. I am not looking for opinions about the policy just a factual answer to the question....
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Giving two-weeks notice when on maternity/paternity leave?

My wife is a nurse and is currently on maternity leave. For reasons with work life balance, she wishes to possibly look at another job for when she is ready to go back to work. She has a promising ...
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Tech work culture in the U.S [closed]

Around a year ago, I moved to the U.S with my spouse and we both started working at tech companies here. Coming from a very different country, we were at first surprised at some behaviours we ...
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How to setup a contract position?

I have been told that I am going to be laid off at the end of the year but the company would like to make me a contractor for a few months. The company has only asked for my rate and my decision. I ...
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Are workers on holidays and weekends in the US paid more?

I live in Israel, here if an employee is working on a holiday or on the weekend, they are paid a double salary by law. So if your salary for a normal work day is 10$ an hour you'll get 20$ (before ...
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How to request an accommodation for a debilitating illness when I don't want to disclose the nature of the illness

I work as a junior software developer. I have been suffering from poor sleep for a long time (5-6 years) due to IBS, a debilitating illness that affects my sleep and quality of life. More on ...
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Is it okay to reveal interview questions to your friends?

I recently got an offer from one of the bigger technology companies (a publicly traded fortune company). On glass door I see people saying that they cannot share the questions that they were asked ...
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Salary Revision (More than one year into the job)

I have asked this question before but things have changed a bit since then. Here is a link to my previous question. Salary Revision So now I am more than 14 months into my job but still at the same ...
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As an European citizen, what do I need to get remote work in the US? [closed]

As title says. I don't want to move, just to get a remote position. Do I need any permits? Or just a company that is contracted by the US one?
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How to make viewpoints in a meeting count

I work with a team lead who is dismissive about other races. This person is an American and has no respect for people from other nations. He isn't open about it but his demeanor and candor show his ...
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How can I decide if I should use a title (Mr./Ms.) when e-mailing a prospective employer?

I have been corresponding with several potential employers, but I'm not sure about the appropriate way to address the representative. How should I determine how to address them ("John", "Mr. Smith", "...
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Asking age from a prospective employee

Would it be considered inappropriate/offensive to ask how old someone is before asking them to come in for an interview? And would it be legal/offensive to say someone is considered overqualified for ...
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How do I find companies in my part of the world that still offer a pension?

How can I find a list of companies that currently offer a pension plan? I would prefer that type of retirement system, instead of one that relies on a 401K. I would like to be able to search by city/...
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How should I address a non-violent criminal record when applying for jobs?

I have cleared interview of a major tech company and right now background checks are going on through third party company. I had a small issue of being charged with a misdemeanor that is a reduced ...
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Does a background check include if you paid your taxes or not?

In 2010 - 2011 I did freelance web development as my only source if income. All the money I received was under the table and I didn't pay taxes. I did, however, pay taxes for 2012 I want to work for ...
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How much should my wage be cut when I am directly hired instead of a contractor, and thus receiving benifits?

Another Workplace SE answer describes the situation well in the USA: [Many contractors are employed under] W2, [which] means that you're an employee of the contracting agency. They handle the ...
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What should I disclose about second jobs or additional sources of income when my employer asks?

My employer is requiring me to fill out a "Disclosure Form" which provides them with information such as additional sources of income (such as investments) and other employment. I feel this is a ...
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Factoring pension into salary negotiations

I've read various posts in regards to negotiating a higher salary after receiving an offer. However, one piece of information I'm looking for is how to factor in a pension program when counter-...
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Why would a company prefer firing people to laying them off?

During the interview process with a company I once worked for, the company bragged about how they had never had to lay off anyone. This was a company that had been in business for decades and which ...
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How can I convince management to allow employees to purchase vacation? [closed]

In writing this answer to this question it occurred to me, within the United States at least, a lot of people probably work for companies where vacation is fairly rigid yet people would like more of ...
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How does a non team player answer questions about team playing [closed]

I am asking a question for my friend; he is searching for a position in the corporate world. Let's call him "Joe". This Joe guy does not think working in a team necessarily means the best product ...
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When interviewing, is it prudent to tell the hiring manager that you're a parent and your spouse works full-time?

These days, many households include two parents who both work full-time. These parents face many challenges while balancing work and child-care responsibilities. But this situation also presents a ...
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Major differences between direct hire and contract to hire?

I have been getting a lot of recruiters calling me since I went on the job market and many of them have been pointing me towards contract to hire positions. Each recruiter assures me that if I get ...
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Can I negotiate for tuition reimbursement?

I just received a formal offer and everything is satisfactory except the tuition reimbursement. I'm planning to get a masters while working. This is a 2 year program with a 50k tuition. Currently, my ...
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Is it unprofessional to attempt to negotiate for less than two weeks when announcing resignation?

When announcing resignation, is it unprofessional for me to ask my boss if it would cause an inconvenience for me to work only another 5 to 8 days instead of a full two weeks? I am able to work for ...
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Can a salaried employee have their pay docked by the hour? [closed]

I work in an IT department in a company where most employees are paid by the hour. I am part of a small number of salaried employees. In recent months, I've had to take some time off for health ...
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8-to-5 vs. 9-to-5 as acceptable regular work hours

I've read a few job descriptions and replies from interested parties about their places of work, that they have a "regular" workday with the hours of 8 to 5. I am normally used to working 9 to 5 and ...
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Salary Revision

I was very excited about my new job and now I am 7 months into the job. What concerns me now is the compensation part of the job. I am not aware of the salary revision process of the company. Rather I ...
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No Job Satisfaction - Any Suggestions? [closed]

I know a person with the following issue in their workplace, and I wish to help them, however I am unsure as to what suggestions to give them. So here goes (Lets call this person Jane). Jane works as ...
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What's the difference between paid time off, vacation, personal holiday?

On various websites in the U.S. I see a distinction being made between personal holiday and vacation. What is the difference? Some examples: Wisconsin Jobs lists Annual Vacation Hours Schedules and ...
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How to deal with an employer that forces me to drive in unsafe conditions [closed]

Suppose there is a forecasted blizzard where the government has advised not to drive. I would like to leave work early in order to get home before the blizzard (or not come to work at all that day) ...
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In the United States, can an employer take adverse action based on information gleaned from non-work resources?

I am good friends with the Director of IT in my firm. He recently let on that he knew I was looking for alternative employment, because they are logging my AIM instant messaging application. ...
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When should I consider myself to be at work?

This may seem a strange question, but my workplace isn't an easy access building. The place I work is a large (several hundred acres), fenced off, limited access campus. There are only a few gates, ...
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How to prepare yourself for work abroad [closed]

I want to work abroad, specifically in Canada or United States. I am a software developer and have graduated the computer engineering faculty. My coworkers, and bosses over the years, have always ...
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This Recruiter wants my Social Security Number?

There's this really aggressive recruiter trying to get me for a job that sounds pretty good, is local, pays about right... and has sent me two voicemails and an email in the last 24 hours. Okay, ...
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Applying for an American internship as a foreign student living in Germany

I am a Bosnian student living (and being born) in German, yet I didn't want to get the German citizenship. Currently I am studying computer science and mathematics nearing my Bachelor's degree. In my ...