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Intellectual property when leaving the employment

Company's time, company's laptop, company's idea submitted to the internal innovation platform. It was rejected by the corporate immune system: We are to inform you that your idea has been ...
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Does the “Family First Coronavirus Response Act” cover federal employees?

Apparently, a new coronavirus related paid family leave law takes effect on 04/01/2020. I understand that, among commercial companies, it applies only to those under 500 employees (because, of course, ...
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Is asking HR department about self-organised interest group a sufficient reason to warrant a drug test?

Using a throwaway account as I do not want to get into trouble. Background to cannabis Medical cannabis is legal in the UK since 2018 63% of Londoners supports legalisation for adult recreational ...
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Is there a time limit on claiming loss of earnings for Jury Duty?

Short version Are there limits on how long after serving on jury duty I can make a loss of earnings claim? Background I was serving on a jury from 17th to 21st of February this year. During that ...
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Implications of Failing N95 Fit Test During COVID-19 Pandemic?

I am a Registered Nurse and have documented evidence in my NY hospital that I failed the N95 fit test for years. What are my rights surrounding this and the COVID-19 epidemic? I have a NIOSH compliant ...
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Can a worker capable of performing job functions from home be terminated for avoiding office due to COVID–19?

There's a popular thread on Twitter in light of COVID–19 that brings attention to all the workplaces where people could work from home (due to being tech/knowledge workers), but, for one reason or ...
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Can a person be fired for not agreeing to a contract at work?

I have seen contracts (relating to employment) which contain terms like "by accepting this position you agree to sign an NDA that you will be provided on your first day of work". To my understanding ...
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Voluntary redundancy

When you are offered voluntary redundancy, do they have to tell you who else have been made offers to as well? Or can they do it on targeted basis? Does this depend on the number of affected ...
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In the UK what does “during your employment” mean

I just got a contract of employment for a new job and it has a clause that starts like this: all Intellectual Property generated by you during your employment will be owned by the Group. When it ...
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Dismissal versus redundancy from a consulting / outsourcing role

A family member works for a large consulting / outsourcing company and has been permanently employed by them for many years, working for multiple different clients over this time. When one client ...
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Hired for something else been pushed to anything but doing that

I work in New Jersey. This company hired me to be a tool & Die apprentice. I am the only female tool and die maker. it is supposed to be an apprenticeship where I spent a little bit of time in the ...
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Is firing for unionizing legal? (The Office, S2E15)

In Season 2, Episode 15 ("Boys and Girls") of The Office (U.S. series), the warehouse workers in the Pennsylvania branch of the New York-based company begin deciding to unionize. Vice President of ...
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Does an E2 visa allow someone to work in the US unrestricted

I have an E2 Visa for the USA, this has a named company on it. What I’m unclear about is - does this allow me to work in the US for anyone? Or does it restrict me specifically to that company.
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When does liability and actions defer to the corporation

This question arises from the following question: WorkPlace_Refusal If you are requested by an executive to perform a task that you believe is illegal, the executive assures you that it is legal, ...
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Paid Family Leave in New York State

If I take FMLA and use sick time and vacation time during my leave, would I still be able to receive any monies from NYS thru its Paid Family Leave? Or since I am being paid, I would not be eligible ...
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Paid sick leave for full-time employee in DC

According to the District of Columbia’s Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act, both full- and part-time employees to be paid sick and safe leave for use under certain circumstances. I'm working as a ...
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Employer ask me to work at a different location with very little notice (less than 30 days)

My employer just release a news that company will move to another state (30 miles away) and the move date is Mid-February. The employer doesn't plan to have any compensation for employee's commute ...
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Cosmetology salon workers status in California from 2020?

I have been reading at various sources that beauty salon workers that have independent contractor status would be reclassified as employees starting from 2020 throughout the California. Presumably ...
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Is it legal to preferentially hire female nurses & doctors because female patients are less comfortable with men seeing them naked?

Sort of a follow-up to Is it legal to preferentially hire men instead of women because women can get pregnant? The idea is, women tend to be less comfortable with men seeing them naked than men are ...
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Can I sue employer/manager for false promises for a raise?

My manager verbally told me I was getting a raise (12/10/10) On payday, Friday afternoon, he asked me to call him again. He advised I would not be getting the 10% pay increase at this time. When ...
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Is it legal to preferentially hire men instead of women because women can get pregnant?

Let's say Alice & Bob apply for a job, and both of them are equally good. The company they're applying to decides they'll hire Bob because Alice can potentially get pregnant, which means they'll ...
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What must I do when hiring a personal assistant in Connecticut?

I recently hired someone to work with me on personal tasks, such as listing some of my personal items for sale online. We both live in Connecticut. We work together in person in Connecticut for 1 hour ...
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Advertise how many employees you have on a low budget

Say (in order to seem like a more established company) someone wants to advertise "We have over 100+ employees!".(but wants to avoid false advertising!) But the company has a budget of only $1000 a ...
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Am I legally responsible for being a developer of a code, if my customer uses it illegally?

I am from an Europe country, I work online and get orders on freelancer websites. Few months ago, I had a customer hiring me to do some Bitcoin-related coding, I'm one of their developers for 6-7 ...
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I was kicked out during the orientation

I was offered a full time job that i did not take and i refused it and I requested for a part time. I called and i asked since the director didn’t reply to my email or message and i was told that the ...
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Can a contractor have scheduled work canclled for no reason?

I work as a contractor for a company. A (small) dispute arose over an invoice I submitted. Out of retaliation the company cancelled my scheduled shifts. Are they allowed to do that? This is in Canada. ...
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Altering an employment contract prior to signing

So in this SE question the op has had verbal agreement of renumeration during the interview, however the offer letter and contract, state that pay info will be provided after starting with the company....
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Is the vice-president an employee for the purpose of 5 CFR §2635.502?

It's been suggested on politcs.SE (but the question was closed as off-topic there) that a US vice-president needs to comply with 5 CFR §2635.502 which sets stricter standards for conflicts of interest ...
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Do I have a claim for false promises by employer?

I am employed by the United States Postal Service. I interviewed for a promotion. Prior to accepting the promotion I negotiated a Salary increase of 10%. When the promotion was processed I only ...
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Is it lawful for my old company to buy back all my shares today but pay me over the course of several years?

Brief context is that I quit a startup with some vested shares (not options) that I have already paid taxes for. Their attorney is arguing that the shareholder's agreement allows them to buy back all ...
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Can the racial/ethnic makeup of a company be used in a discrimination case?

Suppose a company is made up 100 employees, and that 75 of them are from the same ethnic background or race, say Jewish, or black. The company is in an industry that has nothing to do with that race, ...
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Is the following nondiscrimination policy itself discriminatory against Christians? [closed]

Country: US State: Michigan Situation: I work for a large employer in Michigan. We have over 10,000 employees total. My employer bans discrimination on the basis of an incredibly long list of ...
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Conflict between a religious belief that accounts for the existence of transgender people vs. one that doesn't

Country: US State: Michigan Example: Ann belongs to a denomination that accepts the existence of transgender people as what they claim they are. Ann starts a company that grows to over 25 employees,...
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Question about employment contract

I was asked to agree to the following employment agreement and I have concerns: I acknowledge that all of my work product, including materials, ideas, and other property, whether or not copyrightable, ...
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Paying to leave without notice in at-will employment state

Checking up here on a question that appeared on workplace.stackexchange.com: Someone signed a contract saying "If you leave the assignment without giving 15 days prior notice you will be liable to pay ...
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HR wants me to sign a confidentiality on something I reported. How big is the scope of the agreement?

Basically what happened is a coworker made a false statement about me, relating to my work, on Social Media. I reported it to HR. HR wants me to sign the following. I'm concerned with how broad and ...
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Cobra medical benefits life event

My employer has several health ins plans. My employer is required to provide Cobra coverage as it has several dozen employees. If I were to choose one during open-enrollment, then get laid-off, the ...
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My former employer is threatening to sue me

I live in Kampala, Uganda and for the past eight months, I was doing software development for a local company since late February this year. Last month I resigned from my position and my employer ...
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How are employer pay statutes enforced against offending employers?

An employer recently made some strange demands as a part of a job offer. On advice from The Workplace Stack Exchange I'm going to look for work somewhere else, but I'm concerned the employer is ...
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What is the right daily rate for annual leave in the UK when unspecified in employment contract?

tl;dr I had an amount of annual leave at the end of my contract and I want to determine the daily rate for payment in lieu of the untaken days of annual leave. My employer initially paid half the ...
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Could a person be the Dean of a University and the head of a company?

per Andrew W. Moore's self introduction, he is the "Dean of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University" and the "head of Google Cloud AI" at the same time. Is this legal?
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Can an employment agency enforce a clause forbidding those who work for it disclosing for which companies they have worked?

This answer on S.E's "the Workplace" says The employment agreement might prohibit disclosing the names of specific clients. To what extent is that legally enforceable? I can understand that I ...
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Sued outside a country

What happens when you get sued for civil matters such as breaching employment contract in one country, after you have already left to another country for good? What is the general protocol for these ...
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Can an employee be effectivley fired by making their work really bad?

To my understanding An employer is allowed to reduce an employees wage without reason An employer can cancel or reschedule shifts without reason or send an employee home without pay Canada is not ...
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Is it legal for Stack Exchange to not pay moderators minimum wage? [duplicate]

The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) is a United States labor law that creates the right to a minimum wage. The Department of Labor states: Under the FLSA, employees may not volunteer ...
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Can carelessness and lack of consistency in the hiring process be considered a form of discrimination?

I applied for a position as an independent contractor with a well-known tutoring company. Using their platform would have been an excellent opportunity for me. Unfortunately, my application was ...
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Did not receive yearly bonus, despite being employed at the company during the bonus period

At my last place we had a bonus scheme based on performance. If you met all of your targets for the year the bonus was 5% of your base salary. If you exceeded all of your targets for the year the ...
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What are the limits of religious freedom in the workplace?

Federally in the US, only race, sex, and religion are protected classes, i.e. it's illegal to make employment decisions (hiring/firing/salary/promotion/etc.) on the basis of a worker's race, sex, or ...
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Is my employer liable for discrimination by forcing me to have desktop wallpaper that hurts my eyes?

My employer forces all work computers to use the same desktop wallpaper. Currently it is very high contrast and the colors are over saturated. It causes eye fatigue and makes text on the desktop hard ...
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Is it duress if you feel you are forced to sign a contract by an employer?

When I was promoted, I was given a significant sign-on bonus, but was made to sign a document that said if I left within 12 months, I would have to pay back the gross amount in around two weeks. I ...

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