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Questions tagged [employment]

For questions that are about, or that arise as a result of, workplaces or the performance of work-related duties.

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Is it actually illegal to ask about things such as pregnancy/family status/etc in a job interview?

I often see articles saying questions are illegal to ask when interviewing a candidate. Something like this is a good example: Are you planning on becoming pregnant in the near future? Are you ...
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What recourse is there if opposing lawyer refuses to respond?

I am owed some money by former employer (which I discussed in another thread). I got some of the funds back but there are other issues that need to be resolved. The other guy has a lawyer and I have ...
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Can you be fired over behaviour in a second/previous job?

This is quite long-winded and I've tried my best to simplify it as much as possible. I'll clarify if needed. Legal Jurisdiction here is US and UK law (if there's a difference) There are three ...
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Employee intimidation

A relative of mine has worked at a small company for the past 10 years as a senior design engineer. The MD (and owner) of the company asked him to go and spend the day with another employee filling ...
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Employer is damaging my reputation with client

I took a job a year ago for which I am significantly over-qualified, because it allowed me to work from home while I convalesced from two major surgeries. During that time, I have observed myriad ...
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Can I ask my employer for details held about me?

A company runs a transformation exercise. It asked for employees to fill out answers against questions, which are submitted to a portal and assessed by a number of employees and scored. These scores, ...
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Employer lied about charitable contributions

I have been working for a year for a privately held company that prominently touts in it's recruiting process that it gives 20% of it's profits to charitable causes. But it doesn't, at least for the ...
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Can someone on maternity leave in the UK earn money by taking freelance work?

Let's say I work as a social worker (taxes through PAYE) and am on (statutory) maternity leave. Let's say a local contact centre are looking for people to work there, on a freelance basis. Am I ...
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Ontario non-compete clause: can new employer hide NCC requirement, until time of job start?

This is in Ontario, Canada in an IT company. Recently I have received a job offer from a US based company, at their branch in Ottawa. The company and I have been in discussion for weeks negotiating ...
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Can a religious employer prohibit public advocacy?

I work for the Roman Catholic church in the USA. I am an administrative assistant with only very rare dealings with the public. When I was hired I was told by a Human Resources representative that if ...
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Employer did not accept resignation in Germany

I'm currently working for a company in Germany and the notice period is two weeks. I sent my resignation via E-mail. They told me after 3 days that they did not accept it because I need to send it ...
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Is work done on paid time off “work for hire” in California?

I am curious about this, because my understanding was that unless my employment contract stated to the contrary, work done in my spare time without using company resources is not “work for hire” in ...
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Can I sue the company for providing misleading info and terminate the employment even when I didn't do anything wrong?

The company L was offering me a lower salary than my previous job. I negotiated and was ready to turn it down if they can't make the salary enough to make a true lateral move. Finally, after 3 rounds ...
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Must an employee work any certain amount of time at a company in order to collect unemployment benefits? Also question about changing careers.

Jurisdiction is Minnesota, but I’m generally curious about how this works. This is purely hypothetical and I’m not looking for legal advice. Let’s say a person is a project manager for a lot of ...
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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 ...