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How to legally contribute to open source projects (and other public stuff) in Germany?

Being a software developer it is very important to contribute to public projects and participate in public professional activities. This includes open source projects (which may belong to other ...
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Not joining a company after signing offer letter

I have been working in Singapore on S-Pass for last 11 months in an IOT product company. I got an offer from a services company in SG, they got me an Employment Pass and I have to join the on x date. ...
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Can employers fire someone for “lying” on personality questionnaires?

Many employers, typically those offering minimum wage jobs, have applicants fill out a personality quiz. They usually probe whether the applicant believes stealing is justifiable, if they value their ...
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How do rules of conduct apply when acting in a pro hac vice role in another state?

A lawyer's client sent me a mild threat via text message. I have contacted the attorney on 4 separate occasions requesting an explanation/response from the attorney. They have not responded. Are there ...
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Do any states provide legal authority for administrative agents to perform official state actions when they are “not working”?

Context: A state OSHA compliance officer drives onto private property in an unmarked vehicle, exits their vehicle, announces "who's in charge?", then states that they are "not working"; that they just ...
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Will my employers contract hold up in court?

When I started a new job back in July of 2017, I signed a contract that had the following bindings or restrictions if I was ever to leave the company: Cannot work for a competitor within 25 miles of ...
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Employee rights to access performance data

I currently work in NH, USA. I am going through the process of a mid year review with my manager. To prepare the employee perspective I requested a report from our Work Flow system to identify the ...
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What does proportionate exactly mean here?

In an offer letter offered to me by an organization it states that: If the trainee leaves the service of the corporation before expiry of the bond period, he shall pay damages to the corporation ...
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Work problem and don’t know what to do

I’m doing a cleaning job for a school under an employer. The contract ended and they lost the account and the school wants to hire me directly to stay there because they love the way I do my job. But ...
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What recourse does an ex-employee have when commission/wages are being withheld by employer?

I recently left a position while still owed commissions for a deal that closed after my departure. My activities, duties, etc. on this deal were completed. I simply needed to wait for the other ...
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Can my work force me to pay for their compulsory in-house training?

My contract with work states if I leave within 18 months I must pay for the mandatory training they sent me on of £1800. I am already qualified in my field and this course was just to learn their way ...
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what criteria do 1099 contractors have to be considered employees?

Let’s say someone owns a hairstylist shop. They have people who come in and cut hair but they pay them on a 1099 basis. However, they require them to be there at certain times and perform work that ...
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Redundancy with no consultation

I was recently made redundant after working at the company for just over a year. I was given no indication before hand that I personally might be made redundant (although other departments in the ...
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Can I sue my employer for wrongful firing?

So I am looking to possibly take legal action against a former employer of mine that had--in my opinion wrongfully terminated me. I'm wondering if this is possible based on my case. Here is my case: ...
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Can I terminate an employee for qualifying for a job through a “degree mill?”

We have recently put together an HR unit, which reviewed all our employees and found that one has an unsatisfactory qualification (BA in Public Relations from an unaccredited college). HR suggested ...
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Can one reasonably respond to a bogus employer demand letter without a lawyer?

A strange situation has came to me recently. Me and my former employer have not parted on the best of terms, and a few months later, I have received a letter from an attorney representing my former ...
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Contract and back dated pay

So basically I am in a situation where I finished my apprenticeship at a big company and was promised a pay rise in February that still hasn't happened. I was taken on with a fixed 12 month contract ...
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Is it legal to deny employee reimbursements for meat?

WeWork appears to have instituted a policy where they prohibit their budgets from being used for purchases of red meat, pork and poultry, citing sustainability. www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/...
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Company changes its legal name but not that on its staff handbook. Can I ignore the staff handbook?

In UK employment law, the staff handbook often forms part of the contract. I work for Company XYZ. This is clearly stated in my contract. The handbook is for Company ABC, which is my employer's old ...
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Does a Company Handbook effectively constitute an extension to the Employment Contract

In my employment contract it is stated (in so many words1) that I must adhere to the rules set out in the company handbook. Does this make the handbook an extension of the contract? Out of which ...
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Hiring someone for one time event, employee or contractor?

If a person who would normally be classified as an employee is hired for a single one day event, would this allow classification as an independent contractor? For example, say a company that does not ...
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In Australia can you take Personal leave to look after a sick child or partner?

Under Australian employment law are you allowed to take personal leave to look after a sick child or partner? Is personal leave the correct category or does it depend on employment terms?
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Can a Union CBA circumvent Right to Work?

if an employer is in a Right to Work state, Can a union create a contract with an employer that requires the employer only keep union employees on payroll?
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Are employers liable for employee safety if the workplace is declared a “gun free” zone?

If a company prohibits their employees from carrying a firearm while on their property, are they legally liable for the safety of their employees in an active shooter situation? If they refuse to ...
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Im in California, can a recruiter ask me for my previous salary with the latest laws?

The recruiter was from https://epitec.com/, located in MI. I thought this was no longer a question they could ask as of 2018? I have a lot of calls from recruiters, but in the past year, out of ...
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Does my employer have to pay redundancy when my contract takes me over two years service?

My employer has given me notice of redundancy. I am just short of two years service so my employer is not paying me redundancy pay. My contract specified that I am to be given 6 weeks notice. My ...
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Is it legal/ethical to ask my employer to make a deduction from my salary to reimburse me for an expense?

I am an international student studying in the US. Federal law requires that I am register for a one credit course in order to take a certain internship, the cost of which is close to $2000. This ...
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Unpaid Wage Claim

I worked for an employer from December 2017 – March 2018 for a total of about 112 hours ($3,800). This was programming work for some web applications. I had worked with this person years prior so had ...
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Teaching offer rescinded by principal - any recourse?

My sister recently applied for a teaching job at a public school (in Texas), and went through the interview process. She was verbally informed by the principal that she had been selected for the ...
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Does the GDPR cover / apply to (in any way) photography at a workplace event?

A company organises a staff event during business hours. Say a hackathon or similar. The company arranges a photographer and videographer to record pictures, footage, presentations etc. Speaking ...
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Can private institutions fire employees without concern for the First Amendment?

The First Amendment doesn’t apply to private institutions. Private employers can fire employees for their speech without having to worry about the First Amendment. What the NFL’s new rules for ...
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Is it illegal to create a scenario in which someone could inflict violence on another person, if said person had volunteered as part of the scenario?

So, to cut a long story short. There's an employee I work with that has stolen money and property multiple times, and that has created a hostile environment for the rest of us via the use of ...
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Is it breach of contract if dismissed before starting work?

I've been dismissed by a company I was due to start a job with, just a few days before the job was meant to start. They have no intention of providing me with any compensation despite the fact I ...
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Does a new contract supersede identical old contract?

I have relocated 3 times on behalf of my company in the past year, however I am prepared to move on because of another job offer. With each move came relocation assistance, in which I had to sign a ...
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Is it possible to discriminate in hiring if you never advertise?

Small businesses often just hire people they know and trust, which just seems like sensible risk mitigation. But what about if the business keeps growing this way (above "small business" thresholds)?...
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Working in high school while concurrently enrolled

I'm a homeschooled high-school sophomore, concurrently enrolled at a local community college taking advanced math classes. My Calculus instructor asked me to take a job as a supplemental instruction ...
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How should I notify Human Resources of revocation of consent to a background check?

I submitted consent for the purpose of background check to a very established organization, which outsourced the process of background checking to another organization. Let's call them HireWrong. ...
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What potential litigation could a corporation face if you made your personal phone number public on social media?

I saw on someone's Facebook page that they were hired at a major corporation who told them that they needed to delete their phone number, and ask that every one of their friends delete the phone ...
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Manager asks for car keys. Is this illegal?

This question stems from this question on TheWorkplace.StackExchange. If a manager with no power to fire an employee, but who can still "discipline" said employee, demands that everyone surrender ...
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Definition of hours of work for an international student working as Uber driver in Australia

As an international student in Australia on a Student Visa you are allowed to work 40 hours per fortnight (20 hours per week). If an international student is working for Uber as a driver, when are ...
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Disclosing prior inventions to company before starting work

I know some companies want on boarding employees to disclose to them any invention or innovation they have made. If you do not do this, can the company claim the invention or innovation as their own? ...
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Can employer claim ownership of intellectual property made while not at work?

I've heard in job contracts there can be clauses saying that all intellectual property created by the employee during their employment, belongs to the company, regardless if it's done during hours ...
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In the U.S.A., how much do you need to make from a project before it becomes a business?

So lets say you do not have a U.S. citizenship but you spend a lot of time in the U.S. You buy products and create goods from them which you resell (say you build sheds out of wood or something of the ...
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My employer moved me onto a new payroll. Do I need a new employment contract?

My boss has moved me onto the payroll for one of his other companies and I am trying to find out if I need a new employment contract. I was employed for a new start-up of his which did not work out ...
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Opening a daycare near previous employment

Location: Canada, Ontario Background: A friend got a one-year contract to work at a daycare from June 2017 to June 2018, but was let go after working two months. Key things on the employment ...
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Company has transferred team to another company, does this count as breaking contact?

Suppose a UK employee who works for company A, where Company A is owned by company B, and parent company B has created a new company, company C. Company A is now transferring all assets about the ...
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What is the basic term sheet of joining of software company?

I'm not a law student. I'm just software engineer who only knows how to code. I'm pretty confused. My friends are starting a software company and they are not software engineers; they have BBA ...
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I signed a second work contracts in Germany, without checking my first contract

I am working in a full-time job and I signed another part-time job for 10 hours per week with a university in Berlin. After I signed the part-time contract I found in my first contract that I have to ...
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Can a US employer hire someone as a salaried worker, require them to work long hours, and then fire?

I have a friend who began a job at a large firm as an auditor at the end of 2017. The nature of this work is that there are two seasons: a busy season (Q1 and part of Q2 of any given year) and a slow ...
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In the US, is it illegal to pay different employees different amounts for the same work?

My colleagues and I recently discovered that new hires for our position are being recruited with a salary that is 20% higher. Thus they are being paid more than us even though we have as much as 5 ...