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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 ...
gnasher729's user avatar
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What is the correct way to approach the request that "new developers should not be able to access the codebase"

Due to the potential difficulties in legally pursuing someone from such countries, the directors are unwilling to give these new developers access to the codebase, even with a watertight NDA. If this ...
Joe Strazzere's user avatar
223 votes
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Client wants me to do something explicitly illegal

First of all, thank you, personally (1), for stepping up and making the right decision. We need more engineers human beings like you. I am completely on board with your assessment and current decision ...
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Should I sign a NDA that holds me liable for legal fees even if I am in the right?

You tell them: "The terms of your NDA look to me as if you could sue me for NDA violation, and I would have to cover all the legal fees, even if it was shown that I haven't done anything wrong. As it ...
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Recruiter demanding I sign dodgy paperwork after joining job

First, do not sign anything. You should have signed any relevant paperwork before the recruiter got you the job...why would they have more for you now that the job is secured? Second, do not sign ...
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199 votes

How can I convince my manager to allow me to take leave to be a prosecution witness in the USA?

What can I do to convince my manager to allow me to take leave to testify in court for prosecution? Have the prosecution issue a subpoena for your testimony. That would legally compel your presence ...
Joe Strazzere's user avatar
174 votes

Coworker, driving drunk, was arrested; I was his passenger. Do I tell employer?

As far as I can tell, this wasn't work-related and doesn't impact work in any way, so there will not be any repercussions to either you or your coworker. However, an eagerness to disclose this on your ...
Leon's user avatar
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Is it legal for company to use my work email to pretend I still work there?

Regarding the first question, "is it legal?" questions should always be posted on Law SE, not here. As for your LinkedIn account, LinkedIn has the ability to change your email address associated with ...
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Verbal offer was for permanent full-time, but letter says short-term

One liner: Unless it is mentioned in writing in the contract or in the offer letter, it is not true. Do not "assume" anything, regardless of who is saying that. Consider whatever is written, ...
Sourav Ghosh's user avatar
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New manager directly emailing team from personal email, yet they do not start for 3 months

You do not share information with anyone outside your company without your manager’s explicit authorization. You should forward this email to your existing manager immediately, and you should not ...
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My new job came with a pay raise that is being rescinded

Time to move on to another company First, as stated in the comments, discuss the legality of this with an attorney. This will vary state to state, but most states are at will employment. I will add ...
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What is the correct way to approach the request that "new developers should not be able to access the codebase"

Modularize your application and give people access only to the components they are working on. If your application is split into several different bits with developers only having access to what they ...
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Not paid for work, contract promised but not given

She does actually have a contract, even if not even a verbal contract was discussed. She has a contract because she turned up for work, and they let her work instead of sending her home. It’s small ...
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How to handle a "non-compete clause" on the employment contract?

He got the agreement letter and when he was reading it he has founded that unfair term. It is "You can't join any competitive company of us within 5 years when you resign from our company". It ...
Joe Strazzere's user avatar
142 votes
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Company requiring me to let them review research from before I was hired

Let's flip this one around for a bit. Imagine the situation: You're the PR department for a well-known global firm A new hire comes along and wants to publish some research done prior to joining The ...
Philip Kendall's user avatar
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Interviewee offered code samples from current employer -- should I accept?

No, you should not accept their offer, and you should absolutely pass on this candidate. This is horribly unprofessional and in the USA would widely be considered unethical. Anyone willing to offer ...
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Boss wants me to ignore a software API license

Get it in writing. Save a copy of said confirmation away from company hardware. Violating software and service licenses are the kind of thing that, if they are caught, can really screw over a company. ...
520 says Reinstate Monica's user avatar
129 votes

Conflict between one employee's claim of religious freedom and another's sexual orientation

How do I handle this conflict between Helen's religious freedom and Mark's sexual orientation? There is simply no conflict here. Religious freedom doesn't mean you are allowed to "insult" or "talk ...
Joe Strazzere's user avatar
124 votes

Crypto mining by employee for 5+ years

Don't touch anything. Document what you know, what you've done so far, and then talk to HR, your legal department or lawyers. They will probably advise you to suspend this employee (and their access) ...
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Should I sign a NDA that holds me liable for legal fees even if I am in the right?

I'm sure this isn't what they meant. No, I assure you. That's what they meant. Just strike out that clause, or modify it, initial it and date it (but do not sign it yet). Then return it to them, ...
Stephan Branczyk's user avatar
122 votes

Should I report this workplace thievery?

Take it to management. I hope you have a good reason for not involving them in the first place because they're certainly going to ask. Making potentially illegal recordings in the workplace is not ...
Lilienthal's user avatar
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122 votes

Is it ok to use my open-source projects as dependencies at work?

The professional thing to do is incredibly simple: talk to your manager. Explain the situation, ask what you should do. The important thing here is to avoid any future problems, and you do that by ...
Philip Kendall's user avatar
121 votes

I stumbled across a confidential company document on a client's public website. Should I alert someone?

Bring it to your manager. Since it sounds like you're not in direct contact with this client or involved in the sales/offer process, this is above your pay grade. Whatever you do, do not directly ...
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Client wants me to do something explicitly illegal

Find a lawyer You've made a great ethical decision by choosing not to help your employer perpetrate their scam. I admire that. But no-one here can tell you the right (and safe) way to continue. We ...
Player One's user avatar
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101 votes

Employer demanding money back when I resigned because of "accidental pay raise"

Go see a lawyer. My employer has informed me that this was a mistake (they won't communicate it in writing) As a general rule, when companies have the force of law on their side (and even when ...
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100 votes
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How can I solve our insufficient breaks without negatively impacting availability?

People who don't get adequate breaks tend to not pay attention to their job as well. People who are really hungry also don't pay attention well. This is an accident waiting to happen. As Patricia ...
Dan Pichelman's user avatar
100 votes

Is it legal for company to use my work email to pretend I still work there?

Update your linkedin profile IMMEDIATELY, report possible fraud to them. Change the email from your work email to a private one. Get a lawyer to send a cease and desist order to your previous ...
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Company doesn't follow security policies advertised to clients

If there is a widespread fraud (which is exactly what is happening here from how you describe it) then eventually one of your clients will figure it out, and the will subpoena anyone that works on ...
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89 votes

Verbal offer was for permanent full-time, but letter says short-term

What should I do? I'm a little turned off by the offer now that it had to be revised for mistakes in compensation multiple times, but it is a big company and a position I am interested in working in. ...
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