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US Expat with Work/Bank/401k in the US, is that legal?

I'm a US citizen living in Europe for the last couple of years. I work remotely for a US company, receive salary in a US bank, 401k, pay full federal/state taxes - all as if I'm in the US. My employer ...
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Can a company prevent you from leaving and work for another company?

Can a company prevent you from leaving and work for another company? Working at a company with a toxic boss and a toxic culture and I am wondering if they may try something funny on me. Is that ...
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statute of limitations on injuries in the workplace in israel?

A year ago I got hit by a metal bar on my leg. I didn't tell anyone because I have a speech problem and heavy shyness. It hurt me the first day and later the doctor told me it was not broken and gave ...
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How can you say a developer is bad without being subject to a defamation lawsuit?

How can you say a developer is bad without being subject to a defamation lawsuit? If I add "this is my opinion, you can come to your own conclusions", does this still leave me vulnerable to ...
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Can a company use private Slack conversations for a lawsuit against you?

Can a company use private Slack conversations for a lawsuit against you? I work at a company where there's a lot of toxicity and a lot of people seems to be unqualified for their jobs, which leads to ...
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Can you get sued for gossiping about an incompetent tech lead if you believe you're saying the truth?

Can one get sued for gossiping about an incompetent tech lead if you believe you're saying the truth? Let's say a person tells one of his or her coworkers that this tech lead isn't qualified for his ...
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How many days of vacations am I entitled to?

I started on August 19 2020 and vacations are added on May, so between August 19 2020 and May 1 2021, I had around 9 days of vacation, but then HR tells me between May 1 2021 and May 2022, I can only ...
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What happens when a legal message goes to the spam folder?

Here is a hypothetic question. A person signed a contract with a company, to work for 3 hours a week. The contract says that the company may reduce the number of hours based on its needs, by sending ...
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Company pays employees corona bonus for the previous year, but I've quit in January

My ex-company decided to pay its employees a bonus for the struggles with Corona in 2021. I've resigned from my job at that company in January 2022. They announced the bonus payment in February 2022, ...
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Is there any legal action I can take after my company discouraged me from calling 911 after a workplace injury?

I fell at work causing me to have 6 compound femur fractures. I begged my boss to call 911 because my leg was broken . They laughed at me saying there's no way it was broken and that I was ...
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What does the word contribution mean in contracts?

What does the word contribution mean in the following statement: The position would be subject to a contract and would come with a contribution of £1000 GBP per annum, understood as a contribution to ...
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Does 'Doing Research' Count as 'Working On' a Personal Project On Company Property?

I have been given approval from the company I work at to be able to own my side projects. I am a Support Technician (Customer Service) who does not code anything during my work day. However, my ...
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Can your workplace ask you personal details about your religion and sub-beliefs from religion in the US?

Not much other than the question. Can a workplace for example ask if you are Catholic, Muslim, Jewish, Jehovah's Witness via survey... and then sub-questions based on your answers? I want cases ...
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Terminated without cause. Do I have a claim for unjust termination or toxic work environment? [closed]

I was recently terminated without cause. I had been working in a liquor store for about 6 months. There was something "special" about the work environment. Several businesses in the area ...
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Contract to hire in Texas

There are a lot of employers who normally hire people only after a period of time as a contractor. They seem to hire people as contractors and they go through a contracting agency that is separate ...
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I am stuck working alone with new coworker who I believe is dangerous. Must the employer take action?

I work in a shop. Most of the time I work alone or with one other person. We recently got a new manager who hired two new employees. One of them I have conflicts with (back story on workplace....
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Can a company force a worker to work in 40°+ degrees Celsius and not allow any concessions for basic comfort to stay more safe?

Can a company force a worker to work in 40°+ degrees Celsius and not allow any concessions for basic comfort to stay more safe? This question is a result of this question on Lifehacks SE: How to stop ...
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Let's say a UK employer doesn't have a password policy - can they insist that an employee divulge a password used on a client's systems?

Purely a hypothetical scenario: UK employer is an agency with various teams that provide services - some of which are digital - to a third party. The employees create accounts on the third party's ...
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Can I temporarily work remotely in a different country than my residence/employer?

I currently work fully remotely as a full-time employee for a US company. The office is closed with no plans for anyone to return until at least September. I was thinking of working from home in a ...
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How can a F-2 visa holder establish a company but can't work inside the US?

As I searched about, I found that establishing a new company inside the US is allowed for everyone, but working inside the US is not allowed for certain type of visas like F-2 visa that is a student's(...
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When can a customer be denied service for not wearing a (COVID) mask, considering medical exceptions?

I work in a retail liquor store. We require customers to wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID19. Technically speaking is wearing masks a law, a health order or the store policy as a result of the ...
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Allowable Discrimination For Jobs

Just lately I realized that anti-discrimination/equal opportunity legislation only applies to proscribed categories of discrimination grounds, e.g. race, ethnicity, gender, orientation, age, etc. Up ...
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Does this devotion clause mean I cannot work on personal commercial projects (or a registered business)?

As an engineer, I would like to make sure that I can work on side projects, and have the right to commercialize it; that is publishing on the app store as a paid app, or hosting on the web with a ...
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Intellectual Property Ownership as an Employee

I am a final-year college student entering the software industry as an engineer. My job will probably require me to write code all day for a company, using company resources and hardware (company ...
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What charges does one risk if they share personal pictures without permission?

This question was inspired by something I read on another Stack Exchange website. Basically, Mr. Johnson works at a small company Good Company. His responsibility is to manage and organise the ...
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Non FDA approved Covid vaccine required by employer

Can an employer legally require employees to get the NON FDA approved covid vaccine or be terminated? Where is the legal information on this? The concern is it being non FDA approved and requiring it. ...
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Working more than the yearly limit as a foreign student in Germany

As a foreign student in Germany, one has a 120-full-days or 240-part-days work limit during the year. From my personal experience so far, I have also noticed (thought might be wrong) that some laws ...
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Can I ask a potential employee if they are colorblind?

We have an inspector's position open. The job duties are to perform detailed inspection on parts we manufacture. Our customer requires that their parts be inspected by someone who is not colorblind. ...
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Must I follow "Compliment Policies" if these are not in the contract?

I am working for a company in the UK where I have undergone courses to help me improve my working skills. It is written in the "Compliment Policies" on the companies website that if I leave ...
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Was I fired before my resignation date?

I submitted my letter of resignation and two-week notice today, and within minutes all my company access was revoked (security privileges, domain access, email access, dropbox, etc.). We work entirely ...
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record a meeting?

I am a professor, and I'd like to record our department meetings (audio and video). We have someone taking minutes at the meeting, but recently there have been disagreements about what was really said,...
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Reporting exzessive requested and unrequested overtime during Furlough

At least half of our current staff is on furlough(Kurzarbeit). I am living in Germany and our employer is requesting exzessive amounts of overtime while we are only allowed to work 20-50% of our usual ...
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Job interview presentation about patented work by previous employer

In the interview process of some tech companies there is a time slot allocated for a presentation to the members of the team, which is expected to be about a topic you have directly worked on. Some ...
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Short-time work for professional football players

In Germany, a lot of people are currently doing "short-time work" right now which is partly compensated by the state or state-controlled insurances. I heard that some employees of professional ...
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I’m being asked to come back into work despite government guideline to stay at home- What are my rights?

I work in an administrative role at the NHS. Since the lock down measures started in the UK, I have been working from home. As demand on the NHS has been increasing substantially, management asked ...
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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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Are Employers Obliged to let you Return to Work Early from Unpaid Leave?

I have been an employee at the company for over 5-year and I had requested time off work (4-months) to do sabbatical with some travelling. It was granted by my line manager. The request was made in ...
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No reimbursement for job interview travel expenses

I have already asked on the workplace about how to ask for reimbursement that was agreed on before a job interview. I'm gonna briefly summarize here what has happened so far. After applying for a job ...
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Exploratory: discrimination against character trait

What is the rationale for the scope of what EEOC prohibits discrimination against? More precisely, I have been fired for a trait of character (pessimism) that seems to me to be as much an integral &...
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Covertly Recording Conversations At Work If Policy of No Expectation of Privacy?

My work has a policy that when using company property, there is no expectation of privacy. Does this amount to blanket consent? This is in the state of California so unsure if this policy conflicts ...
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Pregnancy discrimination. Wife asked (but not forced) to quit job. What further actions can we take? [closed]

Not long after my wife informed her Lead she was pregnant, the Lead sat her down and encouraged her to consider quitting in order to be with the family. We plan to go to the HR department about this ...
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Not getting paid for work done?

I worked in Colorado, USA for a startup. On a Monday morning we were informed that our investor decided not to continue investing in our company and so our payroll from that last Friday was paid for/...
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Is it Illegal for a Debt Collection Agency to Collect on an Individual for a Worker's Compensation Claim?

If someone were to have a worker's compensation claim in Texas that had been approved but unpaid, can the medical provider legally file a claim against the injured? More specifically, the employer ...
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Can a US firm legally hire someone as intern after they have graduated from school/university and aren't enrolled in any school/university?

Can a firm US based in the United States legally hire someone as intern after they have graduated from school/university and aren't enrolled in any school/university anymore? If state-dependent, I ...
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Contract issue (Austria/EU Law) backdating start date of work

I would appreciate some advice with respect to my situation. I was offered a job in Austria (I'm from the UK) back in the summer of 2019. The job was conditional on finishing my Masters Degree in the ...
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Can my boss promise a job to someone before posting it?

I work in California. I'm due for a promotion for a supervisory role. Before the more senior employees were considered and one was promoted. I got word that my manager promised the job to my coworker ...
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Expiration for confidential technical knowledge

While working at previous employers I have been exposed to confidential technical information. As usual, this is covered in the confidentiality agreement that I signed. The agreement puts no ...
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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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Can i sue my work for false promises

I got hired on at performance to go work at exon in beaumont and they sent to classes 4 days in a row out of state i had to drive everyday from Louisiana. They said that i had the job at exon then ...
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What are my working hours rights as an exempt employee

My new boss wants to use the following paragraph in my contract to insist that I be in the office 9 - 6 Mon - Fri, be on call 24/7, and go into the office out of hours regularly (including weekends): ...
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