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At my job, we are told to immediately report potential corruption/bribery to our line manager/a specific person depending on the scenario. If you get ahead of this and own up to it with your boss, the contractor cannot use it to blackmail you at a later point, which may incur more serious consequences. You may be able to keep the trees, you may have to ...


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While I don't see any disadvantage for me to apply the leaves as suggested by him You are taking sick days when you are not actually sick. Maybe this is OK with and encouraged by your manager but what are the consequences of HR finding out? You need to read your employee handbook and find out if sick days at your company can only be used if you are ...


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should I stay silent? Yes, if it doesn't involve you, don't get involved. There is no benefit to replying unless asked directly.


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This is a type of unethical conduct or workplace dishonesty which happens in hierarchical environments where there is little accountability of the greater good and huge accountability from your imminent relations. What it could be about: As pointed by many: boss looking after his workers. He cares about the loyalty of his workers. Loyalty allows him to ...


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Reputation is everything, guard it jealously. Just because you are on the way out of this job doesn't mean the accusation ends with your notice period. An accusation this serious can haunt you throughout your industry, especially in some industries where connections are important, mobility is high, and people tend to circulate throughout the industry. ...


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I am not a lawyer but generally speaking, here in the US any work done while on the clock (i.e. being paid by your employer) is the property of your employer: work-for-hire. Had you taken the pictures while not on the clock you would be considered the owner. If the editing was done off the clock you're probably not under any legal obligation to provide your ...


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Send a request to the contractor for a bill, then pay it. Be sure to check that it is a fair market price, and not a discount, or that could still be construed as influence peddling/bribary. No freebie = no bribery. Then, mention this to your employer, mention that there has been a misunderstanding, and that you have already taken steps to correct it. ...


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Can the trees be considered as a bribe and what would I do to secure my job? Yes, they can be considered as a bribe. Why take chances? The best course of action here, is to play safe. Return those trees to the sender, send them an email thanking them for the trees, and mentioning you never intended to ask them to provide you with the trees. This will be ...


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Should I fire this employee? No. You implemented a reward system that had no controls in place over how much each individual could spend. Even if the point total that will be spent is displayed, not everyone reads everything carefully, you have no way of proving that this employee intentionally went over their limit. You can certainly ask for the ...


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Without details, we can't really determine if your friend is being reasonable or overreacting. From my experience, it's fairly common practice to cc individuals that have outstanding tasks when providing updates to a superior. Unless the paperwork is something that exposes personal information or if the requirement to complete it implies something ...


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Should I respond to a sabotage accusation e-mail at work? You are serving your notice period and you say that you have done nothing wrong and are not responsible for the sabotage. If this is the case, I would not bother responding to the email. You gain nothing by engaging in a back and forth with your accuser during your last days. I would stay silent. ...


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How to deal with team lead who keeps recommending you new jobs? Ignore the recommendations. Focus on getting an excellent referral after your two years. Don't get roped into anyone elses career moves. You owe this company some loyalty, they haven't done anything I can see that warrants you leaving them after the investment and trust they have placed in you. ...


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"Can the trees be considered as a bribe.." Two things to consider: First, as @JoeStrazzere already mentioned you should check your company policies regarding 'gifts'. What is considered a gift and in which context did you receive such. Second, check your local laws in terms of value-limitation. In my country gifts above the value of € 70 could be ...


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An emphatic No. The employee was rewarded with 1,000,000 points because she performed well. So by terminating her, not only are you going to lose a good employee (for your mistake), but also going to lose money for hiring a new one and giving job training. Assuming the point system is not a one-off event, you may adjust the points in the next event. If it is ...


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It is not completely unusual for employees to view sick days as a commodity that are there to be "used up". This is an incorrect view of the world but just about common enough that it is likely your boss genuinely believes that you deserve the sick days as holiday. However... It would be very unusual for this to be an actual company policy and as such you ...


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Just because this has not been mentioned yet, Assuming your company is larger, I have seen organisations where the budget for paid vacation comes directly from your team / manager's budget, but sickness comes from a central company medical expense budget. It could be that your manager is trying to manipulate such a system to have a little more money for the ...


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It is never improper to leave a company if you feel ( whether it is by facts or just a gut feeling ) that they are not doing well and that their future ( and in turn yours ) does not look good. The way to avoid the appearance of doing something improper is to not do anything that is improper. There is nothing wrong with using information that you work with ...


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Once your employer asked you to run a photoshoot for them and you accepted, taking pictures perforce became part of your job description. Since you took the photos as part of your job, the result is probably classed as "work for hire" for copyright purposes. Only a copyright lawyer can tell you for sure who owns the copyrights, but it's probably your ex-...


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You can say you're working on projects for Big Company, but not for them as a consultant. This is a direct untruth. Always be scrupulously honest whenever there is a grey area. Small company is paying you, you work for them. Any background check would find this out pretty quickly and put your CV at the bottom of the pile if not discard it altogether.


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If there are things about someone that I know from past encounters with that person that might interfere with them doing the job I would absolutely take those into account. That might include things like not respecting peoples boundaries or being verbally aggressive or a poor communicator or any of a million other reasons. I would not exclude someone because ...


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While I don't see any disadvantage for me to apply the leaves as suggested by him, it is beyond my understanding whats in it for him? There should be nothing for him personally here. He seems to be trying to build goodwill with the employee (you) by getting more monetary benefits available to you (by having PTO's cashed / carried over) by working the system....


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Does anyone have additional ideas for the section "Possible solution" or (optimally) was in a similar Situation? Yes. You REALLY need a written contract for this type of thing. Any details that need to be worked out: payments, support, access to source code, bug fixing, liability, rights to distribute, IP, etc. need to be written down and agreed on by both ...


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One member of my family was in a line of business where the public facing people received plenty of large and small gifts from business partners (import/export with regions where expensive gifts are a part of the business culture). The company policy was to accept these gifts with gratitude and bring them to the company where they were stored until the next ...


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Here are some potential issues you can think of: Is the ownership of the software clear? Can the manager / company claim at a later date that the tool was developed with company resources etc, and so the company is anyway the rightful owner of it? From your description, it doesn't look like the manager is coming from this direction, but Legal/Finance ...


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Using what you know or feel about your company to stay or go is not unethical. What would be unethical is sharing this privileged information with other companies you interview with. When asked (and you will be) you can talk about other reasons you're looking for a new opportunity without bad mouthing your current employer.


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Your boss is messing with your professional reputation I don't know if that is their intention, but it is certainly the end result. Taking sick leave straight after a planned holiday generally carries a negative connotation - it is not a good look. Your boss might think they're doing you a favour, but it could give other people in the company the impression ...


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You need to consult your organization's guidelines. The companies that I've worked for had anti-bribery and corruption training and rules. Among other things, they would specify what types and monetary values of things could begin to pose a problem. If you still have concerns, then you can address them with your manager, HR, or an ethics team. Personally, I'...


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What should my course of action be? Determine the University at which this individual is seeking a PhD. Contact their ombudsman or ethics office. Discuss what you believe is happening and why.


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I am assuming that producing these documents is something that involves a bit of work. My answer would be different if it is timesheets or similar document. Shaming people and publicly pointing out their mistakes is a great way to kill morale. Huge faux pas on behalf of the sender. You can be sure that most people who got that email are as uneasy as you ...


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It's not appropriate to screen them, but it is appropriate for you to recuse yourself from his hiring process.


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