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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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Is a combination of outsourcing and automation going to remove most law jobs in the next ten years? [on hold]

In theory, at current growth rates this would happen. Lawyers only need to be in the us for consultation and trial, which are not the majority of the work. Everything else can be done from India.
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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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Starting a business: is it legal to hire freelancers if you haven't registered the company yet?

The reasons I would want to delay the registration of this business as much as I can are: I don't foresee having a single dollar of revenue until at least 2 years later (the product I'm building is ...
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Are intellectual property indemnity clause, which requires the employee to indemnify the employer, enforceable?

Jurisdiction is England (UK), and it's a clause in an employment contract (permanent). The following question has been posted on reddit, and I happen to be on the same boat. I've been offered a ...
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Referral Company submitted resume on my behalf without permission

I have utilized GlassDoor and ZipRecruiter in the past to look for and apply to new jobs. It was mostly a reasonable experience: I would apply for jobs I was interested in, and the companies would ...
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Could the freedom to choose an Operating System be a legally enforceable basic human right?

Many employers demand that you use Microsoft's Windows or Apple's macOS if you want to work remotely from home even if they are not technical requirements. As a result this essentially amounts to ...
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Am I liable to my employer if I keep my notebooks past the term of employment?

As I work, I keep a notebook. At a high level, it is a list of things I need to accomplish on a given day, or within the next few weeks. Sometimes I also use it as scratch paper, which means that I ...
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Can an employer reprimand an employee for posting negative reviews on social media?

If an employee posts on social media that a company is bad to work for, can they get fired or reprimanded for it? What if they gave specific examples, like how the employer reduced their wage without ...
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Is there a specific term than “Provisions Relating to This Agreement”?

Because isn't pretty much everything in an employment contract a "provision"? Even if Employment Contracts use the vague "Provisions relating to this Agreement", I still want to know if there's a ...
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Must employer give 2 weeks work if work is shift work and employee gave notice

I work for a company that periodically asks employees what their availability is and assigns shifts based on that. The calendar with the shift information is about at it's end and a new one hasn't ...
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Must German job postings include “(m/f)” even in English?

As I understand it, German law requires companies posting job openings to address the gendered nature of the German language by including both the masculine and feminine forms of the job title (e.g., ...
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Difference between “1099-MISC worker” and “independent contractor”

I live in Massachusetts which recently passed a very complicated law for Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML). I'm trying to understand my obligations under this law as described on this mass.gov ...
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How long must an employer hold a paycheck?

I am unable to pick up my final paycheck from my employer immediately. How long do I have under federal law to retrieve my paycheck before my employer is no longer bound to honor it?
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Evidentiary presumptions of gratuitous labor from family caregivers, varying by state?

Quoting from Claims Against an Estate for Care Rendered to a Decedent: Many states have an evidentiary rebuttable presumption that services rendered to a family member are gratuitous in nature, so ...
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How does equal pay for substantially similar work (as per the California Equal Pay Act) apply to commissions?

I'm curious about the following scenario. If a business hires people and pays them a commission, is the employer obligated to be neutral in how it directs sales to each employee, in cases where the ...
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Can a severance package be negotiated? [closed]

If a University is laying off many people from a department. They will receive one, or two months of pay, and a lump sum for a number of employment years. Would the members of this department have ...
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Work place photos/images

Can my employer force or require me to take a photo of myself? And then display the image publically at my work location?
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Is there any US labor law which needs to be heeded by call centers staffed exclusively abroad? [closed]

It has now become a staple of everyday life in America that many of the call center which we reach when we call large corporations are staffed by individuals abroad. What is the legal basis for ...
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Can pay be witheld for hours cleaning up after closing time?

The bar in California, where I work, closes at midnight. We start cleaning (bar, kitchen, bathrooms, dishes) before we close, but only if it's not too busy. Once midnight hits, it takes 30 minutes ...
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Do I have a case against my employer? [closed]

In March 2018, the financial advisor I worked with, trapped me in my cubicle and asked me if a lump in his groin area made his pants fit tighter. While pressing his pants down to show me the lump, he ...
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Hiring a UK resident and citizen to work remotely in a Finnish company (pre and post brexit)

Company A: a software development startup. Incorporated in Finland. Person B: An UK resident and citizen A is looking to employ B to work entirely remotely. Because of reasons, it is not possible ...
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Are employers legally allowed to pay employees in goods and services equal to or greater than the minimum wage?

In the United States, full-time employees (not contractors) must be paid a minimum wage per hour. Assuming both parties agree to it, are they legally allowed to be paid in goods and services equal to ...
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Is it legal to work for an US company online on an F1 visa?

During my undergraduate years in India (as an Indian national), I used to work part time (~15-17 hours a week) for a certain company which is based in the US. The kind of work I used to do is ...
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Being sued over a promissory note [closed]

Background: In April 2018, I was hired by a company A that outsources services. When I was hired, I signed two promissory notes for $25,000(local currency) for the concept of value of training for my ...
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Legality of forced, set charitable giving as a condition of employment

Is it legal, in a right to work state, for an employer to force charitable giving as a condition of employment? There is no choice in the charity, it is a specific one selected by the company. The ...
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Can a non US citizen work remotely for a US company and be under their payroll?

Some context: I've been in the US for almost 5 years under a F1 visa. In the last year I've worked under OPT for a company in the US. I have a SSN but my card says "valid for work only with DHS ...
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Working online from abroad in a USA organization

Which states in USA have legislations that allow organizations in that state to recruit people living abroad (they are hence not authorized to work in USA) to work online for that organization? Or, ...
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I am being threatened by a former employer [closed]

I live in Florida and recently have been told my former employer is threatening to sue me and 2 other former employees. He said he is going to sue us for defamation/liable/slander, he gained access to ...
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Does a 16yo without a work permit have rights to the code he was paid to develop?

I am sixteen, and I have a summer job for a software company. In my state (Maine), a work permit from school is required for someone of my age to have a job but it was never filled out. I assume ...
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Is it legal to have unpaid volunteer moderators (or other types of volunteers) on a for-profit community website?

It seems like everyone does it. I've never heard of a paid moderator (though I'm sure they probably exist). From what I've gathered, however, it sounds like having any kind of volunteers is illegal ...
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My religion discourages use of direct deposit, but my state allows employers to mandate direct deposit. How should I navigate this situation? [closed]

Banking entities have been actively marketing to businesses in my state, attempting to get as many of them as possible to abandon traditional pay-stub-and-check payroll in favor of debit cards the ...
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Can an employer force all employees to open bank accounts in the employees' names?

[asking regarding federal law in the U.S.A. only] Recently I have noticed low wage employers such as fast food and retail requiring employees to open a bank account through the employer. Such ...
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How is the EEOC “four-fifths rule” discrimination rule applied when rates are small?

The U.S. Equal Employment and Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in their UNIFORM GUIDELINES ON EMPLOYEE SELECTION PROCEDURES specifies: A selection rate for any race, sex, or ethnic group which is less ...
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Does parental leave count towards extinguishing a debt to the employer?

My partner has recently been on a training course (paid for by the company, a substantial amount of money) with the caveat that she'll have to repay it (entirely or just part of it) if she leaves the ...
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In NJ, referring to the NJSRA, is “salesperson” different from commission-paid “independent contractor?”

There is a case in NJ that I believe is still pending: https://www.leagle.com/decision/infdco20180914m30 New Jersey Sales Representative Act, N.J.S.A. 2A:61A-1, et seq. (the "NJSRA") [Docket Entry No....
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Does the employee or employer decide how to satisfy the tax withholding requirement for restricted stock granted as income? [closed]

I'm currently working at a startup and am going to receive some equity in the company through a restricted stock grant. The CEO inserted this clause into the grant agreement and it's giving me some ...
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Does the EU Blue Card allow to deliberately have 3 months of unemployment between jobs?

I'm from non-EU country and I'm getting a new permanent job in the Germany right now. The contract has the next paragraph: § 18 Post-Contractual Non-Competition/Contractual Penalty (1) For a ...
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How to determine which court to apply to when parties are in different areas?

I am considering taking an employer to court. It would be regarding whether or not I'm a contractor or employee (and thus entitled to different benefits). I am not sure which court I would apply to. ...
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Interpretation of Employment Award

Australia has the General Retail Industry Award: Specifically regarding overtime: http://awardviewer.fwo.gov.au/award/show/MA000004#P778_67718 My question is specifically around overtime for casual ...
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When can employer change pay (increase or decrease)?

Question Can an employer decrease an employee's pay whenever they want (unless otherwise agreed to in a contract)? Out of curiosity can an employer increase pay at any time? Does it make a difference ...
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Terminated for significant other's religion

I want to be a bit vague on specific details and names as this is an active legal issue but in the state of Utah I was terminated a few months back after a couple years of employment for my ...
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Does one-way written communication bear legal standing?

This question is based on this question over on Workplace SE. I am neither the OP of that question nor in any way related to the OP, I'm asking this question out of personal curiosity. In brief, the ...
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ADA and reasonable accommodations

https://www.eeoc.gov/facts/jobapplicant.html Q: Is it a reasonable accommodation to request to remove all the oral interviews for a candidate programmer who has, for instance, social phobia? Or the ...
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GDPR: Can I do anything that touches a system with live customer data if I have no instructions at all

I have just become aware of this particular Article 29, which has one good side: it is short. The processor and any person acting under the authority of the controller or of the processor, who has ...
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In NYS, can a medical marijuana patient be fired or denied a job for a positive drug test result for THC?

In New York State, do medical marijuana patients have legal protections when it come to THC showing up in a drug test? Assuming they are both living and working within the state. Additionally, do ...