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Slovakia is an EU member since 2004. What your boss wants to do is illegal anywhere in the EU. We can ignore all your arguments why it took longer, fact is you were employed for three weeks, therefore he must pay for three weeks. That's all that counts legally: you were employed, therefore he must pay. So tell him this, don't enter any discussions, and if ...


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Don't approach the boss, approach your colleague himself. You should tell him something along the lines of, "You know that if the competitor pays X you could probably ask for a similar/higher figure. I think you should talk to the boss about this". Salary is a supply/demand thing; your boss wants to pay as little as possible, but will be ready to pay as ...


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You're missing the obvious third option: Stop working on Saturdays It's clear you're not allowed to work on Saturdays so you should stop doing it. If your manager tries to force you anyway you kindly respond with: Of course I would work on Saturday if you need me to, as long as I can officially enter those hours in my time-sheet and receive the proper ...


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What could happen from here, if I tell them would they ask me to pay back the money that's in it? Or if I don't am I at risk? In every locale I'm aware of you will be required to pay back the funds. Make sure to save enough so that you can cover the costs when you are inevitably caught. If you put it in the bank, you might earn a euro or two in interest, ...


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In short, no, you should not remove an account number or refuse pay. You must be doing something right, because if you were really doing a bad job, you would be fired. It is understandable to feel like you aren't doing any good work or you are burned out, but the ultimate decision on how you are performing comes down to the company. If you really need ...


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If you are willing to take a pay cut, your current salary isn't really relevant. What they want to know is what your target range is. Try something like I'm currently compensated significantly over the market rate since my current role has some particularly difficult aspects to it. I have no expectation that this new role would match my current salary ...


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Although it has since been edited out of the question, you originally asked: Is this practice unethical? It doesn't fit with my ethics, or the ethics of any company I have ever worked for. is there another reason a company would reduce the salary after making the initial offer? I've heard of companies rescinding offers completely when financing goes ...


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If the company can't spend $2000 for a computer that they agree is the right tool for your job, what makes you think they'll be willing to compensate you for using your own computer to do that same job? I suggest that you not use your personal computer for this. It's the company's responsibility to provide the tools for you to effectively perform your job. ...


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It is a sad but true thing that the longer you work for a company, the farther you get from what the market is paying. Market rates are generally only paid to new hires. Annual pay raises rarely keep up. If you want to keep your salary at market rates, you have to either move on every two years or so or negotiate for yourself. It is your coworker's choice ...


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As anybody else would do, I am applying for job interviews to find another job, but I realized that my income is way higher than average (+25-30%). Usually 10-15 seconds of silence follow after I say my income. If your mention of your salary is only followed by silence, then you must immediately add more to your statement. Something along the lines ...


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Short Answer: If you have budget and requirement for an internship, then that is on offer. This person can choose to take that or not. If the role you have available is for an intern, then that is what you are offering. The person is applying for an internship as this is a requirement for their course. In the end, you have a role you are offering, and ...


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Screw the candy bars. Send her an apology, figure out exactly what happened and make damn sure that you have your transfer procedures down pat going forward. They might not be so tolerant the next time you do it. No need to compensate. Somebody is going to do it to you, and you should be just as gracious about it as she was. Over a period of years if not ...


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You're eligible for a bonus, if you and/or the company/department you work for meet some criteria. If that happens, it will be at least xyz. Except depending on the exact wording of the bonus policy it may even come in under that. What's this worth? $0. There's a billion ways for the company to game it, in one company I worked at it was a joke where the ...


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You've been had. You've been working in a highly qualified position for less than minimum wage. Cut your losses and find a decent job that pays a decent wage. If you ever consider working for a startup, you may accept a slightly below market salary for immediate equity. But not below minimum wage with no guarantees whatsoever.


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In my experience, it is a fairly common occurrence. Usually, but not always, people are careful to do this only when there is a genuine need for you to be there. You were asked to come in, so you could have responded with "I have unchangeable plans and I got permission to go then and we were aware of x, y, z at the time of the request." You could also ...


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Is this a reflection on my value... No ... or is there another reason a company would reduce the salary after making the initial offer? I can think of a couple of potential reasons: They lost an account they were depending on to fund your salary. They are having financial difficulties and are cutting everyone's salary by 10%. There was a ...


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It means that you will get shares in the company as part of your contract, either standard, or as part of your bonus. It usually happens with startups (also bigger US companies). These are taxed lower since you bear the risk of getting less money should the company go belly-up.


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Do not state what you earn during interviews. Doing so gives no benefit to you and places you in a weaker bargaining position. Plus it may incur a jealousy factor from the people interviewing you, where they may explicitly sabotage you to fail. If the question is pressed during the interview, one approach would be to redirect the question with what is your ...


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You should be aware that a very specific set of behaviors are legally protected by the NLRB, even if you are not in a union. Discussing pay is protected, especially if it is a part of collective bargaining. In short, you are legally protected from retaliation from discussing YOUR salary. You can, while on your break or in a non-work area, tell others "I ...


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In most places, it would be absolutely fine to spend the money that was put on the card while you were employed. I'm sure the tax office has been informed of that money and you paid income tax on it. So the "I'll keep spending until the card is empty" isn't wrong. If it was slightly different: The company gave you a gift card with 140€ every month to pay for ...


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As you mention it, it sounds like your manager is stopping you from making fair usage of the company policy. It's bad. Reach out to the HR, immediately. This is a malpractice that needs to stop. Simply put, your manager is asking you to work for free to show up the profit in the balance sheet. That's unfair and not correct. As you mentioned, your manager ...


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Startups offer equity because they acknowledge the risk to the employees of the company failing, so they present an 'upside' - if the company does well, everyone benefits. It takes a certain type of person to be attracted by that offer. Other people, like yourself, do the math; the company is unlikely to be that unicorn. What do you do? You reject their ...


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1. Act quickly. (Without feeling any guilt.) Inform the company about the problem you discovered and stop spending any more money from the card. Informing the other party ASAP when the problem was discovered demonstrates your best intention to correctly resolve the problem. These things do happen, it is not a big deal. Especially when the card is not ...


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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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20% and no less Simply put, your employer has been breaking the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, by paying you under the federal minimum wage. In California, there are also laws extending your right to overtime pay (for any hours over 40 per week), which you have not been receiving. It would be wise to look into this in more detail, and see what your ...


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How can I politely ask my employer not to give it to me until I feel that I have improved? Chances are good that's illegal. I'm not a lawyer, or even an HR person, but there are state laws governing pay, including how often they're required to pay you. They can't just decide to not pay you. Any decent company would not want their reputation tied to this ...


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If you live in the United States, the 11th Circuit Court ruled in Bonilla v. Baker Concrete that such time need not be compensated under 29 USC §254(a) (the Portal-to-Portal Act). An appeal to the Supreme Court was denied. This has been applied in much more egregious cases where the workers were compelled to spend over 3 hours travelling. There is a similar ...


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I think bringing in doughnuts, candy, etc. as a mea culpa when you accidentally mess something up is a nice goodwill gesture. Of course not messing things up in the first place would be better, but that's life for most developers. One thing I'd point out is that it is the responsibility of every developer to back up his/her work on a regular basis. I once ...


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