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How do I stop getting all of this work placed on me?

When your manager asks you to perform a task and you don't have time to do both that task and everything else you've committed to, tell him that. You can inform him of your workload and still be ...
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Is it common business practice to consider constructive break times as billable for consultants?

Here's a counter question. If he thinks of a solution on the drive home, can he bill you because he was working on the problem? Programming is THINKING not typing. If you try to nuance this you ...
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California employee being misclassified as a contractor, what can I do about it?

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 ...
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How to ask for employment terms in writing without coming across as not trusting?

A written contract for an employee is just normal. You don’t have to be afraid about asking. Don’t even make an issue from it. Don’t ask IF there will be a contract as that might really trigger some &...
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No one else in my team cares about optimization, what should I do?

Since this is an in-house production my employer is also the client and they are happy with the end-product so should I just forget about the problems and mark the project as complete? There's a ...
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Why would employee be paid less than contractor?

I have no experience in Switzerland, but in Germany, being taken on board as an employee for just 20% less payout would be an amazing offer. Take into account that you get paid days off that you ...
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Recruiter wants me to take a loss upon hire

Keep in mind that if you are moving from a contract position to a permanent position, your salary almost always will be less than your contracted rate. Here is a good comparison for why. If it's only $...
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As a contractor, how do I ask my employer for a new laptop?

@Tymoteusz Paul's answer is good and I agree with him. I'll try to offer a different perspective, though. As a general rule of thumb, if you're a contractor, you need to supply your own tools (i.e. ...
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We're contractors who think the main perm guy isn't very good. Do we say anything?

Should we say something to management about this guy actually not being that great? That depends on your role. If you are a contractor brought in to work on specific projects, then you put your ...
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California employee being misclassified as a contractor, what can I do about it?

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 ...
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I'm being "forced" to put a company magnet on my personal car

I'm assuming this is essentially just there to ID the car as belonging to a contractor in order to allow the client to manage parking? If so, would it be feasible to display the magnet inside the car?...
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Employer is forcing me to change from a contractor to an employee

They are stating that it is not an option and I must do it. What will happen if I refuse the new employment agreement? Can they terminate me for this or will I be laid off? If you refuse the new ...
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Customer told me to stay out of discussion regarding status of my delivered product

Officially, person 1 is in charge but I also work with person 2 so he is semi-officially in charge. That means person 1 is in charge. Person 2 is not. Getting additional compensation for redoing ...
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How to not burn bridges when rejecting an offer after I said I was ok with it?

How can I minimize bridges burned with this staffing agency? After your clarification in comments I think this is no situation you should be much concerned about. They quickly mentioned the job via ...
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How should my company deal with contractors that ignore our technical guidance?

we won't be able to reach the project's goal without resolving that issue This isn't picky at all. Delivering working software is the entire point - if developers are delivering software which doesn'...
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Customer told me to stay out of discussion regarding status of my delivered product

The first mistake was in working on an ambiguous task. What did the written contract say you had to deliver? That's what you deliver - no more, no less. The second mistake is to have multiple bosses. ...
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Is my employer paying me fairly? Going from 1099 to W2

Prior to this conversion they were paying a flat $20.00 per hour for your services. Now they're paying $20.00 per hour and additionally paying things like workers compensation, health insurance, 401k, ...
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I'm being "forced" to put a company magnet on my personal car

I'd like to be diplomatic about this, but I can't think of a solution to suggest to my boss. Any advice? Ask if you can affix the magnet to the inside of a window, facing out. I've done this with ...
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How do I stop getting all of this work placed on me?

This first part is ALL you. You're complaining, but how many breaks do you take each workday? I'm guessing that it's zero. Eating lunch at your desk -- who made the decision to stay and work ...
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No one else in my team cares about optimization, what should I do?

and they are happy with the end-product As a contractor, you need to learn that while your client might do all sorts of dumb things, the decision to do those dumb things is ultimately their ...
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Employer is forcing me to change from a contractor to an employee

What will happen if I refuse the new employment agreement? Can they terminate me for this or will I be laid off? The good part is that you cannot be laid off as you are not an employee. But they ...
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I'm being "forced" to put a company magnet on my personal car

Park your car elsewhere, and walk to the office. If the magnet is simply used to identifier contractors' cars, why not park in an adjacent lot (where nobody is looking for magnets) and walk to the ...
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Training went longer than expected due to equipment not working. Should I invoice the extra time?

Yes as you worked an extra hour. That hour was not due to your fault.
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We're contractors who think the main perm guy isn't very good. Do we say anything?

As a contractor, and assuming you're an hourly contractor (in the US you almost certainly would be), there is really one, and only one, place that you can record this. However, it's somewhere that a ...
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Is my employer paying me fairly? Going from 1099 to W2

There is a difference, but it typically goes the other way. When you are a 1099 you pay both halves of the FICA and Medicare taxes. When you are a W-2 your employer pays half. Additionally, you ...
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Employer is forcing me to change from a contractor to an employee

Question you did NOT ask: What should I do right now? Run the numbers and figure out what offer would be acceptable to you and what isn't. Contractor compensation works often very differently from ...
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How should my company deal with contractors that ignore our technical guidance?

There is a key point that needs to be addressed regarding your technical guidance. That is: Does the software actually work and do what you asked them to do, in terms of the actual response to user ...
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Training went longer than expected due to equipment not working. Should I invoice the extra time?

Should I invoice for the extra time? If you are an independent contractor, you should invoice for the entire time you spent. If you work for a contracting agency, you should ask your boss. The agency ...
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Why would employee be paid less than contractor?

As I have worked in Switzerland as an external contractor being paid by hour and got full time I feel I can answer this better than the other answers. As a contractor you get to pay the "national ...
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Asking for things outside of contract - how to end working relationship as quickly as possible?

What is it that I can do to end this relationship as quickly as possible? It depends on how much money is outstanding and how badly you need the payment. If it is not significant, just ignore any ...
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