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Is it illegal to infringe copyright if your boss or your client ordered you to do it?

The first possible scenario is this: suppose you work in a company, and you need to install some software for a client. The software needs to be purchased, but the boss tells you to just download it ...
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Labor law for FedEx Days (mini hackathons) [on hold]

I want to organize a FedEx Day (also known as ShipIt Day or Slack Day) for the company I work for. A FedEx Day is: [...] every month we give employees the chance to work on anything they like and ...
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Which source code license for consultancy work? [closed]

I am doing some consultancy work for a company. To make things go smoother, I have agreed to let them use some of my personal code. However, I want to set some terms: I own the code They can edit it ...
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Is it legal to terminate employee after them not signing an optional contract?

I asked this question a few days ago at Workplace.SE community. The contract stated what I mentioned in the linked question, plus that in twenty years his salary would be around 50-something ...
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Can a design freelancer be sued for “potential earnings lost” by a client?

I am a freelance graphic designer working part time We didn’t have a signed contract for any work (my mistake- I only work through friends and family referrals part time). I was making a new ...
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UK Law - Working Contracts

Without going into specifics too much. I work on a contract that obviously sets out a specific job description for me and a set amount of hours. However, my team leader is sending me to cover people ...
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Quitting Job on the first day? What would be my last day? (Germany)

I wish to cancel my new work agreement that I already signed. On 01.02.2019 (First day at the job) Notice of termination: one month to the end of the month (during the probationary period) Which ...
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Can I take a picture of my company server room and post it on Facebook?

Is there a law that prohibits the taking of photos of a company server room and posting it as a status in Facebook? Every component is exposed but... no software ID, usernames or passwords even IP ...
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Connecticut Distance Based Non-Compete Clause [closed]

In the state of Connecticut, what are reasonable conditions for the distance a worker must not compete within as per a contract put into place when employment begins. Do things become different ...
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What are the legal protections for employees with mental health issues in the USA?

I recently moved across Michigan with my wife for her job. The sudden shift in setting and work for myself, plus us buying a home (and all the work that comes with it) destabilized my mental condition ...
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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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Is it legal in New York to deduct a full-day of PTO during a company-wide early dismissal?

I took a vacation this past week while my company held a picnic on Friday and dismissed everybody early at 3pm. I asked if I could have the two hours back (or get paid for them) since everybody else ...
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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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Paying salary back after leaving the company

A few days ago I received a pretty interesting letter from my ex employer. During my time there I made minus hours, caused by the project situation (I am a software developer). The letter says I ...
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Can a school district install video surveillance only for specific teachers?

Let's say a school district in the United States decides to install surveillance cameras (possibly with audio) in classrooms, but only in the classrooms of specific teachers. Gen Ed teachers might be ...
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Is it legal to ask someone their birthday in an interview?

I'm applying for a job where they want a lot of personal details from me. The HR rep specifically asked me for my birth date. I heard this is illegal, is it true? If relevant, the question was asked ...
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Is it legal to make an audio recording in a United Kingdom workplace with one party consent [duplicate]

My office it's very loud. I complained to my line manager and as a proof I have recorded a few seconds of this noisy environment. At the time of recording there were other colleagues in the room. My ...
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Employment termination and pay back [duplicate]

I was referred to here from workplace, needing legal advice (I understand it is not replacing a lawyer- I'm working on that). I was recently fired from an employer in Texas, US (after 9 months) due ...
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Can a Silicon Valley HQ'ed company request a previous salary for a Japan-based position?

I have recently become aware of a new California law (effective Janaury 2018) which prevents employers from requesting salary history to potential hiring candidates: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/...
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Meaning of the term causal nexus?

I recently attended a talk related to government workplace harassment law. The presenter repeatedly used the term nexus (i.e., a causual nexus) to describe any situation where actions outside of the ...
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Can an employer require attendance at a holiday party over the employee's religious objections?

Note: This is related to the question asked at Mandatory participation in workplace holiday potluck, but the issues are not exactly the same, as in that question the issue was not religion, but just ...
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What rights do employees have about receiving personal packages at work?

I know that each company can have its own policy about personal packages delivered to the office. However how far these policies could go? For example could the company take the package and refuse to ...
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What can I legally do in this case of workplace harassment?

A work colleague (lets call him Dave) seemed to be somewhat depressed recently so I invited him to some social events to perk up his spirits seeing as how well we get along at work. At first it ...
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(UK) Holiday entitlement during first 3 months aka. “probation period”

I've been working for a company in UK for 3 months (exactly 29.06 to 29.09) after which the company has been sold. (edit: actually my contract says that I started on 2.07 which isn't true, but that ...
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Can I start work whilst still being employed by another company?

I am currently employed to Company A for 20 years in Texas. I was made redundant and will receive severance for years of service if I stay working for two months. There is a state act called Worker ...
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how sensitive data can be shared between companies? [closed]

am in Germany where personal data is a very sensitive issue, now to my case: am applying over a "service Company A" to work for a huge company ABC, my profile was presented to HR 4 weeks ago, 3 weeks ...
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Legal issues working multiple part-time tech jobs at the same time - CA, United States

I have had multiple companies/entities (universities, tech companies, defense contractors, etc.) request me to work for them at the same time. Common sense would tell me to not bill multiple groups ...
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Do any laws exist which protect a mother without shorterm disability from losing her job due to leave for pregnancy complications?

My wife is pregnant and also in the process of switching her work status from "benefited" to "non-benefited" (she's a nurse). We use my benefits only (for the most part), and the pay bump is about $13,...
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Drug-testing on background

What sort of circumstances would allow a company or lab to put a positive pre-employment drug test on your background or send it to a consumer report agency? I'm curious about the consequences of ...
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Lost Income due to Work Injury

Assuming someone worked in the UK Oil and Gas industry on a platform on the UK continental shelf and were paid bonuses for work that they did offshore compared to onshore. Should this person sustain ...
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Am I obliged to inform my manager about my colleague's medical condition?

My colleague told me about a medical condition she suffers with. She has been reluctant to inform her doctor about it for fear she will have her driving license taken away from her. Obviously this is ...
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Can an employer legally require a female employee to wear a bra? (USA)

There seems to be some discussion of this elsewhere on the web, but it's scant on citations to actual regulations or cases. To narrow the scope, let's say that the female employee dresses so that the ...
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Consequences of “Not to be sold separately”

The company I work for (40,000 employees) has vending machines throughout the buildings which are filled by the internal catering team. Now I have noticed many of the separately packaged foodstuffs ...
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Is it legal to deny a priest a job because he's atheist

Hypothetically, if you had an Atheist looking to make money by becoming a priest, would the church be legally allowed to deny him the job because of his religion (or lack of), assuming he's still ...
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Would it be by US law a discrimination to limit a job offer by IQ?

I am not sure whether there have been cases already in US. Would it be illegal to say in a job offer they require people from a certain IQ level?
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Noncompete agreement - Esthetician

A friend of mine works at a skin care and retail store as an esthetician (dealing with skin care and other spa related treatments). Her boss has had her sign a non-compete agreement that would bar her ...
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Lunch break (UK)

I have been working for the past 5 years with the same shifts. 8 hours (23:00 - 07:00 at night) with half an hour paid break. Now, out of the blue my manager is demanding me to either take an hour ...
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Is employer legally required to accommodate those who do not want to work near sick coworkers?

My question, at its core, seems fairly simple: When coworkers are sick at my workplace, does my employer have any obligation to accommodate those of us who do not want to work near the sick people? ...
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HR and work emails forwarded to private email - can they be used in a court of law?

I am in a middle of a "misunderstanding" with my current employer - I have called for internal bullying resolution twice. In effect, I have got relocated, and am denied access to my work mailbox, ...
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Are police officers required to wear masks and protective gear when disposing of illegal cannabis?

I'm hoping someone here can help me identify a potential OSHA violation. In these pictures the Kentucky State Police Cannabis Suppression Branch has went on somebody's land and destroyed some cannabis ...
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Can I use a workaround I developed to bypass the internet filter at work?

I found a workaround (by writing some code) to bypass the internet filter at work. Is that considered hacking? Or perhaps violating the company's rules. I don't recall signing anything when I got ...
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Is this termination procedure legal in California?

I live in California. I occupied a position for 8 months, where I sometimes worked from home (on a company’s laptop computer) sometimes on-site (on company’s desktop computer). Everything seemed to ...
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Placed on 24 hour shift under National Minimum Wage (UK)

A friend of mine works in a care home for young adults with severe learning difficulties. These people need 24-hour care. She is paid approximately £7 per hour. She has today been placed on a rota ...
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Do I have recourse against my employer for broadcasting my suspension to coworkers?

I was suspended for a day and the manager sent out an email to at least 13 other people with suspension written on the schedule. What recourse do I have? This is very humiliating to me.
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I think I'm being unfairly punished in my workplace - do I have legal recourse?

I have suffered what I think is unreasonable, prejudiced punishment at my (industrial) job. Is there any legal recourse for me to defend against this? I'm in Manitoba, Canada. My superior is unfairly ...
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Is having a wallpaper on an office computer personal or commercial use?

If one downloads a wallpaper on an office computer for the sole purpose of putting it on one's own desktop and watching it all day (as long as there aren't any windows blocking the view at least...), ...
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Salary gaps in public sector (not due to discremination)

My relative works in the NHS as a data analyst. Her direct supervisor earns 3.5 time her salary (she knows that as the role has just been advertised and HR responded with the pay scale for the role). ...
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Hostile Work Environement (Enabled By Video Chat)

I have a work day that typically consists of face to face interactions with customers. However, my company wants to start facilitating these daily interactions via video chat that is easily available ...
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What are the rules on businesses that wish to only hire attractive females?

Many businesses feature beautiful female employees as part of their business plan and service offering. Examples include: Hooter's waitresses Sportclips stylists A small chain of drive-thru smoothies ...
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Long term disability denied

How can a insurance provider have their own doctors to override your doctors desicions for returning back to work?