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This is one of those situations where it's nigh-on impossible for everyone to "win" - as you've said effectively doubling the absence time is a big hit for you and it's not so much about it being paid vs. unpaid but rather about getting the work done. And I don't think it's going to be much comfort to you but you aren't going to be alone in this situation - ...


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The mask is an additional measure on top of social distancing. Presumably, the meeting will take place in a meeting room where the social distance can be maintained. Having partaken in an interview recently myself, once all participants were seated (at an appropriate distance), I took off my mask since no one was going to come near me anyway. When the ...


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Normally I'd say, if I'm asking an employee to cancel a holiday, it's on me to cover the cancellation cost, but I'm not taking away their holidays. Employee purchased the tickets based on a previous agreement with you, one you want to go back on now. If you do that then you at the very least owe them money for the plane tickets as you are the person ...


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Wait and see If the proposed departure date is imminent (say within the next 3 or 4 weeks) then Joe Stevens has already pointed out the FCO advice. If the proposed departure date is further in the future, then wait and see what the situation is at the time. 14 days quarantine is a significant barrier to travel and is unpopular particularly in the travel ...


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The FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) are still advising against all but essential international travel. If they booked a package holiday, or had travel insurance in advance, they should in any case be covered for their costs from being unable to travel. The quarantine I see as irrelevant here. They do not have your agreement for four weeks holiday, ...


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I would recommend to arrive with a mask and only take it off after you know if it's OK. After your arrival, look out for any signs regarding the pandemic prevention rules which apply on the premise and follow them. When you can not find any, then observe and mimic the behaviour of the employees. If people on the corridors wear masks, keep yours on. If nobody ...


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Without wanting to be too harsh, you seem to be making the same mistake here that a lot of other junior people make: all your reasons are based around the advantages to you, not the advantages to your potential employer. They've made the eminently reasonable decision to focus on staff who want to have a long term relationship with them, and you don't want to ...


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Three months can make it tough - depending on the role some companies are certainly prepared to wait that long for the right candidate. Longer notice periods tend to track with more senior positions and most companies know that so I wouldn't rule out a company accepting the notice period as is. Can I just leave early and only give my organization 1 month ...


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Will an interviewer see me badly if I wear a mask without being asked, or if I don't? If you wear a mask for health reasons, then do not worry about what the interviewer thinks of you wearing a mask. Remember that part of the interview process is for you to interview the company. If you wear a mask for health reasons, would you really want to work for a ...


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Notice periods vary by role. 3 months is a fairly common notice period for a senior software developer in the UK and even junior developers in some companies. If your role is one where a 3 month notice period is common, then it won't be a surprise to the recruiting company and in normal times many would be willing to wait 3 months for the right candidate. ...


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It feels like they put this into contracts to keep you locked into them. Notice period locks both parties in, which means that in most circumstances they cannot just outright fire you, but instead either have to keep you for the 3 months, or offer to pay you equivalent lump sum instead. By the same token this also protects the company from having employees ...


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Your problem is that this extra two weeks is something the UK government has mandated, not a choice of the employee The UK government has put in a requirement for two weeks of quarantine for anyone coming into the UK. Disciplining your employee for following this requirement will get you into legal/PR hot water. Worst-case scenario, you may have no choice ...


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I'm going to approach this from a slightly different angle - I think this boils down to the following question: Is refusing 2 week's unpaid leave worth a potentially disgruntled employee for 8 months? The answer could be "yes", in all fairness - I know nothing about the role. But if there may be times when you want this employee to put in some extra hours, ...


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UPDATE Since your team and manager are working remote (this is challenging for everyone) your self-starting leadership is even more important since everyone is busy running the business. As an SE you know how unsettling to teams having an unknown person with access to the codebase. (I have seen horror.) Perhaps, Ask if you can be included in status emails ...


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Wear a mask anywhere you think it makes you safer and wherever it is mandatory. Until WHO or your government's health officials proclaim that the pandemic is over, no one can reasonably blame you for wearing a mask. If the company or its management are encouraging unsafe behaviour, it is either not your company, or you are one of those risky types and the ...


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Here in the US it is common, at least in big companies, to sign an Intellectual Property Agreement that stipulates that the company owns the rights to anything and everything that an employee develops (invents) while working for said company. This hold irrespective of whether the product was developed on company time & with company resources, or ...


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The problem is, no reasonable company or organization is willing to wait 3 months If you look at any company in UK they know they NEED to wait. Because such requirment is a part of hiring senior, or specialized, employees. That 3 months is for both sides, company know they have enough time to hire replacement and for knowledge transition. Employee knows ...


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Anything in breach of your contract is a breach of your contract. There is no such thing as a "nice" breach of contract. If your contract says 3 month notice period, this is what you agreed to and this is what they will expect. If you don't give notice as required you might as well give no notice. There is no section in contract law that says "...


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Wear a mask. The recommendation from public health officials is to wear a mask. This is to curb the spread of the disease during this pandemic and help people safe. Not wearing a mask anywhere is poor etiquette because it shows a disregard for health and safety. It doesn't matter what others do. It doesn't matter if it an interview or a trip to the grocery ...


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Some people may think "it's all over" and you are a bit paranoid, yet given the current situation that shouldn't harm your application. Other people will consider imprudent from your part to enter their building not wearing a mask. You should wear a mask to the interview, and wait for their instructions before taking it off. When you first meet the ...


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You seem to expect a LOT from other people here - it's rare for anyone to land an ideal job where everything is just as they'd like - this doesn't sound like a nightmare so first up have some perspective. You've acknowledged that your manager is swamped - he has given you what he can - any more input from him will have to wait. The main lesson here is DON'T ...


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If you are a senior software developer, then you need to take these things in hand instead of passively waiting. Introduce yourself to the team in slack and organize a call to meet them face to face. You don't need a manager to do that, she doesn't even need to attend (invite her as a courtesy). Ask them if there are regular meetings (standups, team ...


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Start with your law in that location Someone will have put out emergency orders or other directives indicating exactly what must be done. For instance in the USA these are issued at the state level, and further instructions are ordered at the county or municipality level. Know them all. Some of them are amended quite frequently. A few are mandatory with ...


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Notice period is always negotiable. If your company is in a situation where they put you on furlough (which means they could have laid you off put were nice enough to put 80% of your salary in your pocket), and they know you will stay on furlough for some time, and they know it is likely that they will have to let you go after that - what reason would they ...


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This isn't your problem. Your sense of diplomacy is noble, but you're shouldering too much of the consequence for something that really should not be on you at all to resolve. You are taking on the responsibility of acting as a travel agent for--of all things--a contract employee. You agreed to two weeks' vacation, which the employee made accommodations ...


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