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You're paying for it - why not use it? If they explicitly wanted to prevent you using it for such conditions then they would have a policy that excluded them.


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I find it interesting that your company has devalued patents significantly, and then seemed surprised when some of your engineers have decided it's not worth their time. You talk about trust, but it's evident that the engineer does not trust you, as he opted to lie about forgetting, rather than saying "No thank you. I do not wish to share this work.". I ...


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30 patents in two years is roughly $75k a year that's been changed to $15k. So he's been given a $60k a year in pay reduction. So, yeah, he's probably going to quit and go work for someone else. Further everyone is acting like that's the case. The company's relationship with him is broken, it can't be fixed. How can I resolve this? In terms of ...


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Healthcare plans are not limited to work related problems. They are a benefit, like flexible working hours or no dress code. If the plan covers it, there is no reason to not use it.


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Unethical, unwise, and potentially a severe career limiting move. Assigned spots are not just for convenience, they are for security. The company, and perhaps the building as well, will want to know who is in that spot. If it's not you, then there's going to be a problem. This is the equivalent of renting out a company laptop because you are not using it....


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However as the company grows (expecting to double in the next year) and beyond, how can I ensure that this policy is kept to/isn't abused when extended to a larger and larger amount of people? This is what middle management and company culture are all about. As new employees join, make sure they understand your liberal company culture - what kind of ...


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It is perfectly fine to be hired as a contractor, provided that (a) you are treated as a contractor, not an employee (basically: nobody can tell you what to do, and you can at any time get a replacement to do your work), and the payment is adjusted (my rule of thumb is that as a contractor, your daily rate should be about the same as 1/150th of an employee's ...


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Based on your statements in the question, I'm going to write the answer(s) How to cope with this situation? If you want monetary benefits, shift your priority to produce quantity rather than quality. If you can manage to retain same quality as of now, without burning yourself out, that's added benefit - but focus should be on quantity. Reason: You said ...


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Let your boss know that you don't require your parking place. It can then be allocated to someone else in the business who would appreciate it for their own commute. It's really unlikely that you'll be allowed to sub-let it for your own profit.


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I guess I'm asking what I should do if he does deny it again, so I'll be ready. If I ask him right now, when we have this NEW high priority project, I'm expecting he will deny it again. Maybe he won't, but I'd like to see what other people would do in this situation in case he does. Put in the new request. If he approves, great! If he denies (or asks you ...


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Bring this question to a lawyer. If you believe that any laws have been broken, simply quitting could get legally messy since it is unclear what your employment classification is. A labor attorney would do a much better job of explaining what your options are in this situation than we ever could.


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Typically I will ask to see the benefits package and the employee agreement / manual before accepting an offer. I am usually asked to sign an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) before that is provided, which I do. I would respond to the company, "I have received the offer letter, but it appears to be incomplete. Can you please include a summary or schedule of ...


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At a previous employer we could either have a reserved spot (after 15 years it was in a garage, before that surface lot) or we could choose to have the bus ticket subsidized. Couldn't do both. I your case I would have a discussion with your supervisor. Mention that you use mass transit. Ask about (maybe partial) reimbursement for your bus pass.


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Your best alternative really sounds like it is for you to walk away; You are throwing good time after bad trying to entice/squeeze your employee for the new patent. Giving it to you now is an admission that he was lying and opens up his legal exposure. His employment agreement states that any and all intellectual property he generates while employed ...


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This engineer has filed over 30 successful patents over the past 2 years, and all of these inventions are used in our products. This was indication enough for your senior management to not call off the patent encouragement program. The management was somehow unwise enough to change that and put a new policy in place which reduces the benefits of investing ...


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How can I approach my employer / HR to validate this event? Simply bring the letter to HR, explain your concerns and listen to what they say. It's their job to either tell you to disregard the fraudulent mail (and then track down how it happened and deal with it), or to explain how this is non-fraudulent mail and clear up your confusion. No big deal here -...


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is it unethical to use the healthcare package to cure a problem that is personal [....] No, not in general and definitely not in your case. It's completely ethical and you are expected to make use of that policy / fund for your individual betterment (for health care). Any organization, wants their employees to be fit, active and healthy - this increases ...


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"...in the meetings, my manager wants everyone to be 'me'..." This is a vital detail that should be the lede in your question and not buried in a comment to an answer. This is the one thing that distinguishes your question from all the other complaints about unappreciated extra effort at work. It is also the one thing that you can use as leverage. "Our ...


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So my question: Am I missing something? Or is it just bad management? Yes, you are missing something. No, it's not bad management. You are missing the concept of "company culture". Every company either deliberately or unintentionally develops a corporate culture. That culture influences the overall way the company operates, how it treats its customers, and ...


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I apparently hate working 40-hour weeks, and I don't need as much money as I'm making. I'm not sure yet if I would rather stay in my current position or find another, but I've already been warned of a huge drawback to switching to part-time: I would lose all of my benefits. I wouldn't have the option to use my employer's health or life insurance,...


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I work at a company with 800+ employees, that has flexible hours as one of the perks of working here. The way this is managed is by access control via RFIDs, but this doesn't mean that management is draconian about working 40 hours a week(although it's expected that you're being productive some amount of hours close to 40 each week). The fact that access ...


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Ask your boss about what they think about this idea. The company owns the spot, so this is something they need to be okay with. If the thought of asking bothers you, you already have your answer.


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is it unethical to use the healthcare package to cure a problem that is personal and does not affect my professional duties? No. Paid healthcare is compensation, like salary. A good sanity check for questions like this is to ask if it's unethical to use your salary for your operation. Certainly not. It seems you're thinking of your healthcare benefits ...


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Offering relocation assistance and hiring people who don't live in the area are two different concerns. Typically, job postings that offer relocation are offering relocation assistance. Often, this is some kind of compensation to cover moving expenses, finding a place to live in the new job location, and other things associated with getting from your ...


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This is a negotiation. Your senior engineer was doing this work in his spare time in exchange for financial compensation. Your company suddenly changed the price they were willing to pay. Your senior is Not offering the product at that price. Any attempt to compel him to provide the patents will likely cause him to dig in his heels and also find work ...


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It would come down to company policy I suppose (consult your employee handbook, direct supervisor, the person who coordinated your travel, HR, etc); but I'd be shocked if there were any that let you pocket the difference.


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The common response I hear is similar to yours ("be vague; don't give them something to write down later in case you apply with them in the future"), but I see a benefit (to the company) to telling them "I'm sorry, but your offer is below market rate for my services, so I'm unable to accept it". If the company gets enough similar responses, it could give ...


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It's pretty normal that vacation is denied when there is a high priority task to complete. And it does not seem to be that your boss is 'continuously' denying you vacation, he's just doing it once. There may be further denials due to upcoming high priority tasks, but you don't know that yet. However there are some things you should do to ensure this ...


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If you want to be in the clear here, I would strongly recommend you check with your manager. Some general rules of thumb: Accepting cold hard cash is likely a no-no, it's essentially a refund of the company's money to you personally and that's a very slippery slope ethically if you don't tell them and for accounting, taxes, etc if you do tell them. ...


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