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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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What are the rules regarding electronic distribution of income data forms for tax reporting in the United States?

This is specific to the United States, but hopefully that's not too localized. For those not familiar with the W-2 form, it is a brief statement reporting income and tax data that people employed in ...
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My colleagues frown on me for using my vacation days. Should I stop using them so much?

I work for a company that gives 25 vacation days a year. Unused days are not paid and if not used they become wasted and you cannot use them the next year. When you leave the company, you are not paid ...
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To what extent do attributes making a resume “good” generalize across industries?

I have spent a lot of hours reviewing and refining my resume. As a result, I have spent a lot of time helping others with their resumes and have a polished, professional resume. Throughout the past ...
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Do I have any legal recourse regarding verbal job offer? [closed]

I received a verbal offer, "...contingent on background, drug, and physical...", from a company that stated in the interview process they "do not do offer letters." This is a privately-held, family-...
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security clearance and self employment

I am up for a job that will get me a Secret Clearance. Between 2006-2009, I was a contractor. I had 5 contracts. 4 of them I was self employed. 1 I was a w-2. For the w-2 there should be a record ...
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How to be in safe and profitable situation while project management applying tactics on me? [closed]

I am working for an outsourcing company. I was working on a new project as my first onsite assignment in USA. The situation was tough over there. I was searching better opportunities in USA. At that ...
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How to address a large direct deposit shortfall

My large employer uses an automated payroll service that direct-deposits. I've had no problems for 11 years. This week, instead of getting my usual deposit of about $1500, I was paid only $800. Nobody ...
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Exactly when does a two week notice begin and end?

This question is kind of a multiple part question. Lets assume I were to give my two week noticed today on November 7th, 2012. Is the two week notice strictly 10 works days, or the end of two work ...
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Returning a favor for the boss

I am in a situation where my boss has, on more than one occasion, "gone to bat" for me and personally duked it out with superiors, HR, and the customer to argue in favor of keeping me employed with ...
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Benefits during two weeks notice

Say I give my two weeks notice on a Monday, let's say the first of the month. I have a doctor appointment on that Friday. Will my medical benefits still be active to help pay for the appointment? Also,...
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Using vacation days before leaving a company

I received a job offer from another company and I plan to take it. I have 7 vacation days saved at my current company, the last engineer was not credited for his unused vacation days on his final ...
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How can I convince my company to change their time off policy?

My company has a policy that no more than three salaried employees can be off on any given day, regardless of what department they are in. I've seen this cause tension with some employees, and have ...
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Difference between contract and full time? [closed]

From what I understand full time employees get things like vacation, health insurance, dental and retirement. Are there any other important differences?
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What is an equal opportunity employer?

In the US it is law that an employer cannot discriminate based on race, religion, color or sex per the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Yet there are some companies who advertise themselves as equal ...
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Should I attend a company function?

There's a big departmental picnic coming up; I've been told that, as a contractor, I won't be paid for the time if I do go to the picnic. However, as an integral member of the team (I definitely do as ...
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Unpaid Internship (USA) Employer Requirements

What are obligations/responsibilities a volunteer/non-profit organization desiring to have an unpaid internship position should consider? Note: this pdf from the department of labor discusses what ...
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Pre-Employment Background check: what constitutes “bad”?

At least in the US, job offers are typically contingent upon background checks. From my experience, these checks typically include a criminal background check, a driver's history check, and a credit ...
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Getting fired for cause?

I have recently been in a fight with the management team of my company. After that incident, the company accussed me of stealing proprietary information, and made me take a few paid days off while ...
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In the US, can an employer sack an employee by giving wrong or disputable reasons?

Updated: Obviously they can fire you and let you go but the question here is about disputed reason that they came up with which might not be true or are totally wrong, just to damage you further. ...
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Typical lead times for hire start date in U.S

Although this has to vary greatly by situation, is there any "reasonable range" for the amount of time between the A) the announcement of the position, interviews, and offer and b) the required start ...
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Process and length of time for obtaining a US J1 visa

The best candidate for a job opening in my group is Indian, lives in Europe, and has worked for (and visited / lived for short periods), a company based in a US-allied Arab country. The Human ...
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Recovering from bad career decisions

In my field I hold professional credentials that only a handful of others in the world hold. Those credentials are in high demand. In the late 1990s, I joined a large company and stayed with them ...
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Should I consider how long I've been at a new job before trying to start a family?

I started a new job recently and I love it and want to display dedication to my work. My spouse and I are also hoping to start a family soon. I have several related questions: Would it be worth it ...
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Second thoughts about “unofficial” vacation time

I joined my current company over 2 years ago. At that time I was working for another company in the same field and receiving 4 weeks vacation. During salary negotiations, the hiring manager at my ...
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How can I force a former employer to pay me without creating too much conflict?

I worked for a web-design company for about 9 months, and was laid off almost 6 months ago, because my employer was unable to continue to afford to pay me. At the time, he was behind on payment for a ...
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Security clearance jobs: will security make it hard to get work done?

In many government or defense contractor jobs, some level of security clearance is required because the work is supposed to be "secret". In other words, employees aren't allowed to talk about what ...
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How can I reduce the size of a long resume without hiding all my skills and experience?

I'm in the US and have 30 years of experience with a bunch of different companies, working in high-tech and the software industry. I have a lot of links, skills, and education which has pushed my ...
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When should one consider unionizing in the US?

When should one consider joining or perhaps even creating a trade union in the US, as opposed to taking other actions? That is, when would it do more good for the person, rather than doing him or her ...
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How can I monitor my own DoD security clearance?

In the Washington, DC area, having a security clearance is a prerequisite for many jobs, but the actual "holding" of the clearance seems to always be the province of the company for which one works. ...