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Is it unethical to use healthcare paid by your company to cure a life-long health problem?

You're paying for it - why not use it? If they explicitly wanted to prevent you using it for such conditions then they would have a policy that excluded them.
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Should I be able to keep my company purchased standing desk when I leave my job?

No, you should not expect to keep company-purchased equipment. This was paid for by the company, not by you personally, so it belongs to your employer, not to you. It doesn't matter that it was for ...
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How will losing mobility of one hand affect my career as a programmer?

It need not have a significant impact. Many programmers work with medical issues ranging from quadriplegia, to blindness, to carpal tunnel syndrome. Some programmers have long and productive careers ...
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Is it unethical to use healthcare paid by your company to cure a life-long health problem?

Healthcare plans are not limited to work related problems. They are a benefit, like flexible working hours or no dress code. If the plan covers it, there is no reason to not use it.
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Why would HR think it's inappropriate that I visited a coworker in the hospital?

We can not tell you what you did wrong (that sounds odd to me too), but your HR person has given you the hook you need by claiming that the employee handbook forbids it. This means you can (politely) ...
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How do I professionally let my manager know I'll quit over cigarette smoke in the office?

Be careful of ultimatums You have every right to want a smoke-free work environment and are entitled to one by law. In your shoes, I would consider quitting myself. However, if you want to give them a ...
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Pregnant teacher forced to work outside in high heat

In this situation, what should she do? For the immediate situation, she should protect herself and the baby by telling the principal she is not feeling well, and is taking a sick day. (cough, cough,...
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Getting hurt at work while not doing anything work related

You went under your desk to plug a keyboard in. You are using that keyboard for work. If you don't plug it in, you can't do your job. OF COURSE this is a work related accident.
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Why would HR think it's inappropriate that I visited a coworker in the hospital?

I think that there is a different point of view that's not being considered here, but it's difficult to know for sure with the little detail that you provided in your question. It seems very unusual ...
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How should I politely turn down a task that my doctor has advised me against?

You're under instruction from a medical professional not to do heavy lifting, so just let your manager know that. Something like Sorry, but I'm under doctor's orders not to do any heavy lifting and ...
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Had an accident that makes me use crutches. Will that affect my new job?

I'm kind of worried it would make some kind of 'bad' impression in my first day. Or am I overthinking? Using crutches can happen to anyone, you should not feel bad about it. If any, I suggest you ...
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Is it acceptable for my employer to tell me to keep my laptop on overnight, running automation tests?

Is it normal to have a laptop running all night doing this? It's not unknown. Is it a fire risk? Not really. I'm sure there are reasons why a laptop would burst into flames, but running overnight ...
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How will losing mobility of one hand affect my career as a programmer?

I am a web developer, and I lack the use of both hands and wrists due to quadriplegia. You need not fear that losing the use of a hand excludes you from the programming field. As you say, there is ...
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Can a small employer ask me about medical conditions before hiring me?

An employer can ask about conditions that prevent the execution of the job's duties. While you think the employer asked about your medical issues, they didn't. They asked if you had medical issues ...
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Boss not providing adequate safety equipment

Find a new job. Now. You have a love for automotive work and that is great. There are hundreds of thousands of shops across the country that you can work in. But what you are describing is arguably ...
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How do I professionally let my manager know I'll quit over cigarette smoke in the office?

You tagged your location as New Jersey. To be clear, what your employer is doing is very much illegal. Here are some references: https://www.fda.gov/tobacco-products/compliance-enforcement-training/...
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Manager wants me to attend a virtual medical appointment at work

I generally tend towards being pretty paranoid about work privacy and health issues, but since no one else has suggested this yet, is it possible that your manager thinks he is genuinely doing you a ...
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How to explain the gap in my resume due to cancer?

Just keep it simple: 2020: off work due to a health issue which is now resolved 2018 - 2019: Senior Widget Wrangler, Acme Corporation <description of senior widget wrangler role> 2016 - 2018: ...
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Should I be talking to HR about my struggles with stress and depression at my workplace?

What's the correct thing to do? Do not continue talking to HR about this, they are not your friend. HR exists to protect the company. Should I tell HR that I am having a very, very tough time, or ...
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Using audio cues to encourage good posture

I believe there should be a line somewhere between suggesting / advising good practice and appearing pushy for implementation. You don't need to chase everyone, individually to make them follow the ...
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Manager wants me to attend a virtual medical appointment at work

If you feel your manager is not listening to you, then HR or your manager's boss are your best options. You've earned the PTO, so it's up to you when you take it. Some companies may have policies ...
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How to explain the gap in my resume due to cancer?

Phillip Kendall’s answer is the correct, here is why. Unfortunately you have a tricky trade-off. On one hand, you are not required to explain anything and the company can't really ask (in the US). On ...
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Something came up and could only give 4 days notice of missing work. This may have made it seem not urgent

Well... where do we start? Being in pain is an emergency. Your doctor should see you now. Well, inside their office hours, but certainly the next day. The only exception that my dentist makes is to ...
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Should I be able to keep my company purchased standing desk when I leave my job?

Do you also plan to take the computer, monitor, phone, etc with you? The answer to your question is likely the same for them. It's equipment purchased by the company for the purpose of you doing ...
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What can I do about fire and health hazards at my former workplace?

First you should think long and hard about what you want to report. OSHA has many rules and many more guide lines. For example: The shop is a toxic mess. - This is not actionable; you need to be ...
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Is it unethical to use healthcare paid by your company to cure a life-long health problem?

is it unethical to use the healthcare package to cure a problem that is personal [....] No, not in general and definitely not in your case. It's completely ethical and you are expected to make use of ...
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Using audio cues to encourage good posture

We could inform my colleagues, during our monthly meeting, that they will be hearing a beep over the PA system. They could use this beep as an audio cue to re-align or adjust the posture. Oh holy ...
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Pregnant teacher forced to work outside in high heat

As it seems (too?) late for a sick leave, day off or doctor's note, because she went to work and someone was neither nice nor reasonable, I think it's time to "reverse the trend". They want you to ...
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Had an accident that makes me use crutches. Will that affect my new job?

You are overthinking this. Accidents happen, and any employer worth working for will understand. If you're good-humored about it, you might even be able to endear yourself to them and leave a good ...
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