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Employees quitting soon after being denied promotion/raise

People who are content with their job aren't going to ask you for a promotion - it might come up in their performance review, and they won't turn it down, but if they're happy where they are they're ...
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Employer doesn't want to pay me because I took longer than estimated to finish the work

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 ...
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I have reason to believe that my very competent coworker is being severely underpaid - any tactful way to tell a boss?

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. ...
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Compensation for working overtime on Saturdays

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 ...
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My old company forgot to stop my restaurant card contract

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....
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How to negotiate an offer if I'm not actually going to accept it

I'm going to join the other answers that are frame-challenging your question. Instead of trying to find a way to win at negotiating an offer you don't intend to accept, you should just not negotiate ...
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How to politely decline my salary due to feeling I don't currently deserve it?

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 ...
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Normal to get paid based on only years worked rather than output?

If you want to get paid what you're worth you're probably going to have to change jobs. There's a 99% chance that management is lying when they say "they can't figure out how to do it"; ...
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High income and difficulty during interviews

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 ...
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How should my employer compensate me for having to bring my own laptop to work?

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 ...
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How should I navigate an unfair compensation situation?

You should absolutely leave. I wouldn't recommend signing anything that has language in it putting responsibilities past the next few months if you don't feel you want to be around past then. First ...
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I have reason to believe that my very competent coworker is being severely underpaid - any tactful way to tell a boss?

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 ...
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High income and difficulty during interviews

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 ...
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Staffing agency says I won't get paid to pick up equipment required by client. Should I push back?

This is not a commute, this is a necessary job function required by the client in order to perform the work. Would you be paid for your travel if you were required to show up on the job site once a ...
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HR asks employees to use 5 of their PTO days during Christmas closure - red flag?

No, it is not a "red flag". A red flag isn't just any aspect of a situation that you don't like. It's a specific clue that there are other, harder to investigate aspects of the situation ...
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Intern applicant asking for compensation equivalent to that of permanent employee

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 ...
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Does the revenue/margin sharing work?

I've seen a similar thing done with platforms like Bonusly, where staff get to "give" a certain amount of money out of a pool to each other to reward their colleagues. There are several ...
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Performance incentive in offer letter

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 ...
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How much equity compensation can I expect from a preseed startup?

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 ...
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HR asks employees to use 5 of their PTO days during Christmas closure - red flag?

You've got a couple of good answers relating to the norms in the USA, which seems to be where you are, but seeing as you asked specifically for global perspectives, I'll add mine. Where I am, 23-25 ...
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Employees quitting soon after being denied promotion/raise

Your compensation versus market rate The key conclusion from your observation "about 2 months after someone asks for a promotion or raise and does not get it, they are out the door." is that ...
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How should I navigate an unfair compensation situation?

If you get treated like a contractor, behave like one. You name the terms that are acceptable to you, and otherwise you don't sign. If you don't want to sign for a long period, but only a short period,...
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Received offer but stock options subject to board approval

Is it wise to sign a contract when the contract mentions only a part of my compensation? If a specific compensation or benefit is not in the contract that you sign, then the company is under no ...
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High income and difficulty during interviews

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, ...
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I have reason to believe that my very competent coworker is being severely underpaid - any tactful way to tell a boss?

Stay out of it. Your salary is between you and your employer. Your coworker's salary is between him and his employer. If being underpaid bothers the coworker enough, he will raise his concerns with ...
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I have reason to believe that my very competent coworker is being severely underpaid - any tactful way to tell a boss?

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 ...
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Compensation for working overtime on Saturdays

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. ...
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My old company forgot to stop my restaurant card contract

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. ...
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How to politely refuse a startup's equity?

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 ...
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