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Ethical question about preauthorizing hotel charges

I don't know what payment processing system you are using, but if the preauthorization and the actual room charges aren't part of the same transaction, you're doing something incorrectly, and your ...
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Is it ethical to apply directly for a job after a recruiter declines to submit you for the role?

Why wouldn't it be ethical? You have no legally or morally binding agreement or contract with the recruiting company or the client company. If you want to reach out to the client company directly then ...
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How to avoid accidentally sharing proprietary information when working for a competitor of a former employer?

[Read your NDA carefully. It will tell you some of this. I can't quote from any of the ones I signed because they all include clauses that say I can't do that, but read your own in detail. Also keep ...
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How to avoid accidentally sharing proprietary information when working for a competitor of a former employer?

Been there, done that. To large extent this comes down to "Do the best you can within reasonable limits". Here are few guidelines No: Specifics on product's inner workings, formal ...
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Do I have an ethical obligation to admit I’ve been falling asleep on the job?

To sum up this rather lengthy post, as it will make providing the answer easier. You are sleeping through 1/4th of your working day You continue to put that time on your timesheet as working hours ...
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Is it ethical to apply directly for a job after a recruiter declines to submit you for the role?

TL;DR: Ethics don't come in to it. You have no contract or agreement with the recruiter, and nothing to lose by making a direct application. They made their choice when they passed on you. As an ...
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I didn't return company assets, now what?

I’m gonna ignore why you did what you did and focus on the problem at hand. The simplest way to resolve this is just contact the old company, say you didn’t realise you still had these laptops but ...
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Ethical question about preauthorizing hotel charges

Wesley's answer about the correct way to operate the pre-authorizations is right, and relevant to part 1A/2A of your question. Yes, it's quite common for pre-authorizations to be used in the hotel/...
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Is it bad faith to quit after getting rejected for a leave of absence?

Instead they told me to apply for short term disability through our benefits package. So it seems your company has an official way to deal with that and they know about it. I can find nothing bad ...
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Won a large gift card but with spoken rules

This line is perhaps the most important: After winning they said they want me to spend it in store before a certain date and record my process and how it changed my life. It's a PR stunt. They want ...
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Ethical question about preauthorizing hotel charges

Well it is obviously not a very honest practice, but perhaps that is the first lesson about private sector behaviour when bosses are not supervised by a public authority, or menaced directly by the ...
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Do I have an ethical obligation to admit I’ve been falling asleep on the job?

I'm going to disagree slightly with TP's answer: If you are being paid by the hour, then yes, you need to discuss this with management. They may be able to take some of it out of your sick time or ...
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Manager has enough members for the project , but is relying completely on me and not assigning any work to the other person

Even when some work is assigned to that another developer, the person is unable to do anything. At the risk of stating the obvious: That's probably why your manager stopped assigning work to them. ...
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What to do when I'm being asked by my boss to do something morally wrong

If you are being asked to explicitly lie to your co-workers, then I wouldn't. I would also not be willing to stand by and be silent if Management was going to lie to the team. However... "We ...
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Is it ethical for boss to call your internet provider without permission?

Okay - Was it wrong? Yes. But - based on your additional context, It would be a stretch to get to 'Misconduct'. Why? Well, the reason for asking had a legitimate business reason - 2 days off work due ...
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DO we all quit at the same time and ruin our corporation?

If you do not like your job, find another, get an offer in writing, and quit. It's really that simple. If everyone does this and the company fails, that's no concern of yours. Deliberately organising ...
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Struggling with Team Dynamics: Dealing with a Critical and Ambitious Junior Developer

Redirect digressions. "It would be nice/we need to...": "Great idea. Open a new Jira ticket for that so we don't forget it and we'll put it into the discussion/planning cycle with ...
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Boss revoked promised pay rise because I decided to leave in about two months - Is this something to be expected?

Long story short, after I brought forward the subject of my forthcoming departure, and working through it after a couple of discussions with my boss, my pay rise has been revoked, with a justification ...
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Is it ethical to apply directly for a job after a recruiter declines to submit you for the role?

Yes, it's perfectly ethical. The ethical problem with applying directly to a position you heard about through a recruiter is that if you get the position, you've taken the information they gave you ...
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PTO leave or off duty

Yes. Especially if it's normal for that person to be working on that Day/Shift. "So staffing for next week, please be aware that Kabel will be off work on the Thursday" Completely fine, ...
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Is it ethical for boss to call your internet provider without permission?

It is unethical to lie to gain information although understandable to check if the stated reason a staff member did no work is real or not. In terms of using it in future applications as a reason that ...
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Ethical question about preauthorizing hotel charges

Is it ethical? Clearly not. Your boss feels the need to lie about it, which is an obvious indicator that it is not above board. From a distance it doesn't even look like a particularly savvy business ...
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Do I have an ethical obligation to admit I’ve been falling asleep on the job?

First and foremost, have you tried scheduling your dosage so that the extreme drowsiness occurs at a more convenient time? Maybe wake up at 4am or 5am, take the meds, and go back to sleep. Do you have ...
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Should I contact our boss if my coworker stole a computer from me?

No. This is a personal dispute, keep work out of it.
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Is it ethical to apply directly for a job after a recruiter declines to submit you for the role?

What is sadly common, at least in Australia, is that a company will advertise a job and recruiters will try to supply candidates, even if the company has not engaged their services. So the reason for ...
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Struggling with Team Dynamics: Dealing with a Critical and Ambitious Junior Developer

Eight months ago, our team leader and I hired a junior developer for our squad What exactly is your role on the team? From the following paragraph I infer you to be one of the "mid-level ...
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Do I need to apologise when I was expected to do something that wasn’t instructed to me?

Is there a written set of instructions which you are required to follow, but didn't? If so, apologize, and find some way of reminding yourself to follow procedures. If there is not a written set of ...
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Won a large gift card but with spoken rules

Its a gift and comes with rules. So follow them. You can enquire if they will give you cash instead. If they do, it will be substantially less. Do use it for your family and friends for gifts in ...
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Is it ethical to apply directly for a job after a recruiter declines to submit you for the role?

Is it Ethical? I wouldn't say it's unethical per se. However - If I was an employer and someone failed a technical screen with my recruiter and got in touch with me - you'd have to have some very good ...
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Ethical question about preauthorizing hotel charges

Wesley's answer is correct, but does not address all situations (notably the very common case of guests staying for longer than the no-show penalty). Performing a pre-authorisation is indeed correct, ...
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