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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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I was in a similar position once (except in this case the coworker who was supposed to cover me was in an accident a week before my vacation was supposed to start). My boss asked me if I could postpone the trip. Like you, I had non-refundable tickets and some pre-paid non-refundable hotel reservations. So I said I'd postpone if they'd cover my out of pocket ...


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He got the agreement letter and when he was reading it he has founded that unfair term. It is "You can't join any competitive company of us within 5 years when you resign from our company". It seems like this is totally unfair because 90% of the time he has to work in software/web development company even after resigning from new company. How to ...


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From your comments: Actually management has make promotion exam in english to enhance Englsh understanding better which helps to understand technical orders mainly in English This sounds to me as if there is a valid business reason why the role requires a decent understanding of English. Rather than arguing for an exception why not approach the worker ...


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Why would you stay polite to a guy who pressures you into doing steroids? Those things have very little effect for the average casual gym-goer and lead to a host of issues in multiple organs at worst. And I guess he is not your boss, so there are no repercussions to firmly saying no. It wouldn't be a bad idea to notify HR too. Someone peddling illegal ...


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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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You should talk with your boss again. Mention that the policy you were given, hopefully in writing, but sounds like not, was first come first serve. You have already bought airline tickets and you will NOT be at work those days. Walmart is notoriously process driven, I would expect they have written policies regarding this. It sounds like you hold the ...


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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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Assuming you are paid by the hour... The most professional way of handling this would be to submit your time card, for the hours you actually are working. Doing anything less is typically breaking the law. Then, when you get questioned, if it is by a person that's not your boss, simply reply that your boss asked you to come in early to turn on the ...


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Why do you need to promote him to the supervisor's category? What you've said is that he's an excellent engineer. Great. He's also pretty bad at English. Okay. In his current position, his lack of ability at English isn't slowing him down. As a supervisor, it would be. Further, he has to know this. If he was really motivated to be a supervisor, he ...


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You should let your manager or another trusted leader at your company know that you were approached. Your company should be aware of the actions of this lawyer. Unless your organization did something heinous or to hurt you personally, helping a suit against your employer is likely to cause you trouble now and in the future.


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Most likely safe to ignore, but... DISCLAIMER: I am not a lawyer. Your friend should seek advice from a professional about this. Worker unions or lawyers in your country can answer this with authority and accuracy. This document describes non-competition clauses for various countries. For Sri Lanka it says the following, and note especially point 12 (...


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He probably just wants to sell you the products, so the same way you would say no to a waiter offering you a dish you don't want, a polite but firm "No, thanks" should work. Showing doubts or evasive answers will only make him insist again and again. By the way, protein and other suplements are OK, but steroids are illegal drugs, I don't know if there is a ...


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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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From a workplace point of view, the answer to this is simple: you escalate this up the management chain, very hard and very quickly. This is the company's problem, not yours - it seems unlikely that you the individual would be personally liable here, but take a lawyer's advice on that if you feel the need. Do not speak to the startup's lawyer without ...


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I'd like to point out a few things here, that I think are a little off in your assessment of the situation. (Edit: All of this is assuming that your Skype is used for official work) First It seems like you think that a joke on concentration camps (Especially one downplaying them like calling them an education camp) can be equated to a silly joke like "...


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IANAL My recollection of FLSA training is that this is clearly now part of your job and as an hourly employee, it is illegal to expect you to perform a task at company request for company benefit and not pay you for your time. Whether that is part of what the boss considers your core function is irrelevant. The bigger issue is that you presumably want a ...


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Adding an answer because the other answers dance around it but never really call out specifically in the shortest phrasing possible: You need a "definition of done" Generally accepted definitions of done include not only working code, but working unit tests, and documentation. Until those things are completed, the task is not done and the code cannot and ...


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Just say 'no thanks' to the supplements. Steroids are not even very useful if you just do cardio. Most probably he is a supplier or in some way gets a bonus if he sells supplements. So it's just business to him and nothing to get offended about.


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You solve it by figuring out how to offer this stellar engineer a very large sum of money in terms of a salary to stay on board. If he earned $110k on patents through your company patent program then this guy knows what he is talking about and basically needs to be paid tenure. You then grin and bear it with his recent memory loss.


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It's doubtful that, as an employee, you could be in any legal jeopardy. Assuming that this person was telling you the truth they're likely reaching out to as many people as they can to try to scare you into giving them information that helps their case. Again assuming that this person is telling you the truth, evaluating the legal merits of this potential ...


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The only sort of "company" I've ever heard of which does this sort of thing is slimy "recruiters". Typically there is no job, never was a job, and their business model is to pretend to work for you looking for a job while actually only billing you. This kind of behavior is part of a con game. "We have a job for you... but you need to pay us for services ...


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There will be many more instances in your work life where peers or people you have no authority over are doing something that goes against company policy or your own ethics. Here is some general advice: If what they are doing does not affect your job and is not causing imminent and serious danger, then let it go. They have managers, and that is the ...


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Considering that you were just one developer on a team it is incredibly unlikely that the lawyer is only reaching out to you. A decent lawyer for the startup would likely call every single person that is at least somewhat related to this project. It is incredibly likely that one or more of your coworkers have already sent notice of the call to their ...


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Just say "我慢しています。自分の力で頑張ってほしいですから" (gaman shiteimasu. jibun no chikara de gambatte hoshii desu kara). This means "I'm refraining from taking (that). I want to try my best on my own." Be informed, he may insist three times. This is typically done in these types of situations. It's a social norm to refuse at first, but relent on the third time. So, just ...


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If this person truly is a valuable asset to your company, I would suggest partnering with him and having the company provide paid rudimentary training in English for him. Depending on the size of your company, it might also promote goodwill within the employees to offer this to anyone interested. If orders are given in English, I would think that having ...


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You probably aren't considering legal recourse, but, assuming a common law jurisdiction, it is surely helpful to know that the law is probably on your side here. Knowing the law can be quite convincing in its own right and might well be useful when trying to persuade someone higher up to act reasonably and fairly. Equity is a body of rules which modifies ...


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I'm from Japan. Best case this person is free-lancing and trying to peddle their stuff for private profit. In this case complaining to HR will help. Worst case the company is in it, too. This is unfortunately not uncommon in Japan (I also had bunch of people trying to sell me insurance during my lunch break, and this was company sanctioned). In that ...


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Do I need to be concerned that my manager somehow knew I was looking to leave? No you need not. At this point it's not relevant if they somehow found out about that, as you already got the raise. It could have been, perhaps, that they felt you a bit demotivated and that inspired them to give you a raise. If they really value me so much, WHY would a ...


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