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FMLA 12-week limit (US)

The employer can exceed the FMLA benefits. The law says you can't lose your job if you take the leave. Your employer can decide to pay you even if your are out of sick and vacation. The law says you ...
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Would it be appropriate to ask to bring along my partner to an overseas office visit?

It would typically be unusual for a partner to tag along for a workplace tour, but if the office has a cafeteria or other commons area they may be allowed to hang around there during the trip. But ...
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Would it be appropriate to ask to bring along my partner to an overseas office visit?

Depends. If the activity is mostly work related, it' better to show up alone. If it's mostly social, then it's perfectly fine to bring your partner along. If the activity happens on company premises ...
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Should I explain to my team a facial scar due to surgery?

If someone asks out of curiosity, then you can explain in whatever level of detail you feel comfortable. You are not required to volunteer the information (but again, you can, if that's your ...
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Should I explain to my team a facial scar due to surgery?

Assuming you had days off for that medical procedure, I would not explain anything. They know you had a medical procedure, they know you have a scar. Enough said. If anybody asks, especially people ...
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Should I explain to my team a facial scar due to surgery?

You're not required to share any medical information. Feel free to share as much or as little as you feel comfortable doing. If that's nothing, practice saying phrases like: "No.", "...
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Unexpected Promotion & Little Experience. How to Judge an Appropriate Salary for a my New Position?

A promotion means "more than you have now", right? Why don't you wait and see what is being offered and see if it feels right then? You'll almost certainly get something. Once you know what ...
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Should I disclose the reason I quit my PhD program during job interviews in the private sector?

All other answers are right. No need to say if not asked for, however I wanted to add an additional detail. Is the fact that you started the Phd relevant? If not, simply omit it from your CV. Usually ...
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Unexpected Promotion & Little Experience. How to Judge an Appropriate Salary for a my New Position?

Do you think CEO's worry about seeming greedy when they're negotiating their compensation? Do you think professional athletes worry about seeming greedy when negotiating their contracts? Get this idea ...
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Employee has made really slow progress

You are failing, not your new hire. You indicate that they are performing well enough in a technical knowledge sense, but that they are forgetful and their work product has mistakes in it. It's your ...
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Switching to Data science

Having gone through the coursework for an MS in Industrial Engineering, I would recommend not going that route if you really want to be in data science. MS in Industrial Engineering is somewhat like ...
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Employee has made really slow progress

[EDIT]: the question looked very different when the following answer was written; the context and details I address are no longer present at the time of this edit. Even the first sentence no longer ...
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Employee has made really slow progress

It seems that up to now you have identified what went wrong (correctly taking in requirements) but it seems you have let it crash and burn and then told the employee that that was not good. That is ...
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Employee has made really slow progress

The Problem What you may have here is someone who may be utterly lost in the details and is not abstracting away from them well enough to keep in mind the primary goals. A example of this kind of ...
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Employee has made really slow progress

We've gone through something similar. 9 months was our line, but only because that was the contracting period of the temporary agency we were hiring through. At the end of the 9 months we simply did ...
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Employee has made really slow progress

There's no point in trying to fit people into molds because every one is different and this becomes especially evident when talking about highly skilled/educated/intelligent/creative people. Here's ...
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Employee has made really slow progress

It looks like to me that you're having to undo the work of 16 years of education in the current educational system. At least in the US, many schools still operate under the "factory" model ...
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Employee has made really slow progress

When you say "no prior work experience", it sounds like they're fresh out of college? If so, 7 months is still a borderline reasonable time for someone to still be working on proficiency in ...
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Employee has made really slow progress

There are many reasons why someone can be forgetful and disorganized. Some reasons may include a willful lack of care or diligence, but other reasons may be of a personal and/or temporary nature. It's ...
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Employee has made really slow progress

My strategy is to focus on a juniors strengths and give them work that is in line with their strengths so that they get a positive experience and build confidence. So if they can't plan a project, I ...
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Employee has made really slow progress

I believe people deserve a chance, but what is the appropriate timeline I should give to meet those goals? When do you throw in the towel? There's no magic number regarding how long you attempt to ...
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Employee has made really slow progress

From your examples I see a theme of not retaining information from conversations or meetings. Could this person have a tendency to be overwhelmed by social interactions? In particular the stories of ...
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Discipline for excessive alcohol use outside of the workplace

The title and framing of this question seem to question whether this event was any of the employer's business, given that the event was after hours and outside work premises. nvoigt has already given ...
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Is my current workplace actually trying to retain me?

I would suggest that you move on to the new group and save yourself lots of headache and drama. Leave the old group and forget all about it. "As it stands, I would rather move...". Then, ...
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Is my current workplace actually trying to retain me?

Is there anything missing or unclear from my approach? I read through your question, and I'm not clear what you are looking for. Perhaps that's me, perhaps that's you. The same may be true for your ...
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Is my current workplace actually trying to retain me?

Is there anything missing or unclear from my approach? If you want to communicate, then communicate. Schedule a meeting or a phone call and ask for status update. Am I right to perceive the response ...
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Discipline for excessive alcohol use outside of the workplace

Lousiana is an "at-will" state. This means said worker can be fired for "any reason, or no reason at all". Drinking alcohol falls under none of the exceptions, where "any"...
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Is using accrued sick time at end of notice period perceived poorly?

You absolutely have the right to use your sick days if you are sick, or if you have other need for treatments, and it is totally ethical. In the USA, many employers perceive things that are absolutely ...
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Work at old company as contractor while working full-time at new company?

As @Kaz says, you need to read your contact and speak to NEW_CO to get approval. If they're a competitor, the answer is likely to be a "no". But you also need to think carefully about how ...
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Work at old company as contractor while working full-time at new company?

You'd have to check your NEW_CO contract/handbook. There's probably language in there about taking outside work. It'll usually say that such work has to be approved by them. In which case you just ...
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Is using accrued sick time at end of notice period perceived poorly?

Simply being polite and asking nicely for clarification is the best course of action. Seeing as it's in the policy to use this time in this manner and there was plenty of time accrued, HR has 0 issues ...
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Do Software Engineering degrees look considerably worse than Computer Science degrees on a resume?

Employers care about what you can do, not what your degree says. In many places hiring managers will look at a degree simply as "this person has shown they can be on time, and study material to ...
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Is using accrued sick time at end of notice period perceived poorly?

Unless state law or your contract requires them to honor the two week notice, the employer can decide that your last day of paid status is earlier. The danger for you is that your last day of medical ...
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Is using accrued sick time at end of notice period perceived poorly?

You should simply get back to them and say that you are required to give two weeks notice (if they is indeed the case), and that because you have notice on that Friday, your final day is two weeks ...
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Do Software Engineering degrees look considerably worse than Computer Science degrees on a resume?

No, nor does it look better My search of the universities that I and my kids have been asociated with shows this is a rare major. Neither Harvard, Georgia Tech, University of Georgia, University of ...
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Do Software Engineering degrees look considerably worse than Computer Science degrees on a resume?

Let me think when was the last time I needed anything related to computer science at my job... That would have been NEVER. Now mathematics... I've used that a few times. Never anything hard, but ...
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Do Software Engineering degrees look considerably worse than Computer Science degrees on a resume?

The main problem with computer science degrees is that they're often very theoretical - so while they give a strong foundation, they may not teach much in the way of actually useful skills. You get CS ...
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Do Software Engineering degrees look considerably worse than Computer Science degrees on a resume?

It doesn't. With very few exceptions, the job market actually needs software engineers, not computer scientists. Computer science is what you need for research if you want to stay in academia. It just ...
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How to work remotely for US companies as a foreigner

Some companies offer work visas as part of their employment. If you're looking at jobs in the US, I'd recommend searching for jobs that offer visas. I've never used myvisajobs.com before, but it might ...
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How to work remotely for US companies as a foreigner

You need to work for a local subsidiary or contracting organization For a company to hire you and pay you as a US employee, you need to be able to work in the US. There is nothing then keeping you ...
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Employer states they can withhold your W-2

Your employer is legally obligated to give you your W2 and it must be correct: If by the end of February, your Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement has not been corrected by your employer after you ...
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Employer states they can withhold your W-2

Probably not legal, but just return their laptop when you quit and move on.
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