Most people wouldn't count the weekend as anything more than an opportunity to see somewhere new for free.
If it's an issue for you due to weekend plans etc., perhaps turn it down so someone else can get a chance to go.
Companies often have you pay and then reimburse you to minimize this behavior.
Interview practice is always good. Just go, use the interview as free practice, and then enjoy your time in the city complication free. If they offer you the job, just decline. This strategy would almost assuredly avoid legal problems.
Copying your words: (emphasis mine)
.... therefore I am required to inform them of all travel abroad.
So do that, inform them. As you mentioned, you don't need an approval, so just keep them informed about the travel. You can mention personal reasons as the purpose of the travel.
Whatever happens, don't lie.
Based on my past experiences, I have a strong feeling that he will definitely ask me to travel along with him. How can I deny when he asks me to travel?
First of all, this is not sure yet, so it's not a fact that he will ask you to come with him (don't torture yourself with things that may not even happen).
Now, if and when he asks you to go with him, you ...
There might be nuances using which you can figure out something to avoid the legalities for avoiding the interview and use that company-provided fund to have a personal tour, but being very straightforward, I'd suggest : Don't do this.
Since you already mentioned:
Since they won't stop harassing me no matter how many times I tell them to screw off
You seem too emotionally involved.
Frankly, I think that continuing to lingering in this hate and vendetta fantasies for the company is not healthy for you; I perfectly get that unfair treatment and being fired is terrible, but you have to move on, emotionally and professionally.
Yes, you could play some tricks on them, but you have a commitment as a ...
Electing to stay away from home over the weekend usually disqualifies you from compensation for non-work days. Instead, your company should give you the option to travel home on Friday and back to the meeting on Monday. If you are choosing to stay over the weekend (and you have the option to travel home for the weekend) then you are not entitled to any ...
I would answer your question with no, but practically yes for what I believe you're asking to do.
What I interpreted from your question: You want to "work from home" away from the UK. Which practically, wouldn't be an issue. But they would have a say in that.
Here's my reasoning:
The employer can expect you to show up for work. Due to the current ...
You should start by thinking about what exactly you want to ask for. For example:
Extra pay due to being quarantined for work for 672 hours.
Health insurance policy covering long term effects of COVID-19 exposure.
Suitable PPE for your trip.
These things may be difficult for your company to provide, particularly insurance as there probably aren't many ...
Inform Employer About Job Interview
It is usually very bad idea to inform your current employer about ANY job interviews.
I was in a very similar situation, just that the government had nothing to do with my job. I told my employer that I am going to visit that country. After I returned, I took my time to think about the job offer. When I had the final ...
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Your customers will send you a 1099-MISC form each year stating how much they paid you. It's solely up to you to pay any applicable income taxes.
You'll pay for your own healthcare and retirement benefits, and anything else an employer would typically pay for.
You won't get paid vacation or sick days. If you're being ...
Technically speaking, we monitor for foreign IP addresses attempting to access out VPN, and would report and block this immediately.
Depending on where you are going to, you may also be stopped by GDPR and data protection act from working in the target country.
Ultimately, if there is any expectation that you physical presence may be required, then you ...
This is variable, there is no normal fee. It depends on timeframes, how far, how much etc,. Some consultants charge the hours travelling (myself included) and take their travel expense out of that. Others charge the travel expenses separately.
I'd say, before jumping into the discussion about "rights", you should ask these questions to the concerned people (your reporting manager/ HR / Travel department PoC) and try to get an answer. Most likely in the present situation with COVID around, organizations are flexible enough to provide the required security / coverage or flexibility to ...
So what I'm looking for here is whether they have any concrete legal basis to tell me that I can't do this.
You seem to be under the assumption that "Work-From-Home" is some exceptional, never seen before "get out of jail free" situation where you can do whatever is not illegal. It's not. Your employer can make you provide your work at a location they set. ...
My employer requires that I can only work “from home” or more like “not from the office” if it is a secure place where I can guarantee that nobody can access my work. Like a place where I can lock things In the night, no uncontrolled visitors etc. Working from a hotel room would not be acceptable. And I need halfway decent internet access, and couldn’t go to ...
Under UK legislation, if you are going to provide care you have the right to do so and the company cannot stop you. If the government puts legislation that restricts your free movement then that is not your fault and cannot be a cause for dismissal because that would be illegal, too. The Care Act does have some influence in this area as does Equality Act ...
Would my company be morally or legally obligated to pay me for Sat and Sun
I think I will have to first ignore the moral obligation question as companies are amoral as they exist to make money for the stakeholders, period.
As for the legal obligation, do you have a contract ? If so the answer is in that contract. It's highly unusual for salaried employees ...
Would my company be morally obligated to pay me
No. Paying weekend travel as work time would be highly unusual in the US. Most people do consider this a perk: it's an all expense paid weekend trip.
Would my company be legally obligated to pay me
Check your contract, your employee handbook and your company policies. These determine the rules or your ...