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In Germany, is it allowed for an employer to ask an employee to quit his job and threaten to find a critical error to end the contract immediately?

Your employer is most likely bluffing. It is better to be fired than to quit voluntarily. The problem with quitting voluntarily is that you won't get unemployment benefits (Arbeitslosengeld I) for a ...
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What 'specific legal meaning' does the word "strike" have?

united-states Under US law, unions and employees enjoy a set of protections codified under the National Labor Relations Act. Some of those rights specifically pertain to strikes, and in particular, ...
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Why are Hollywood studios permitted to collectively bargain with employees, and what are the limits of this apparent antitrust exemption?

The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) (together with related federal labor laws and regulations) sets the rules for what level unions are organized at in different industries, through the actions of ...
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Is my employer allowed to make me work without pay?

This is illegal, under the Fair Labor Standards Act, assuming you are not an "exempt" employee, which is primarily a salaried employee (your pay isn't based on how many hours you work). ...
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How will anyone know if an employer fires an employee for an illegal reason?

There is a rather elaborate three step analysis that is done in civil rights cases under U.S. precedents. Circumstantial evidence, as opposed to direct evidence of discrimination (which is less ...
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High School forced labor for grades?

Various elements could be legal, or not. For example, it is legal to require students to do things in order to pass a class. It is legal to require a student to write a program for a course (entirely, ...
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Can a 401k plan exclude Union members?

The reason for that standard boilerplate is that any union members would be covered by the terms of their Collective Bargaining Agreement (often called the Contract). This isn't an attempt to exclude ...
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Is it legal for a company to enter an agreement not to hire employees from another company?

Among other stories via Google, some major companies lost a 2015 civil lawsuit brought by their employees: Apple, Google, others settle antipoaching lawsuit for $415 million - CNET Filed by former ...
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At what salary do I need to withhold taxes?

A babysitter is a household employee in the IRS's parlance. This means that: [Y]ou may need to withhold and pay social security and Medicare taxes, pay federal unemployment tax, or both. To find out,...
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What are some jurisdictions where a "no-strike clause" is illegal?

In germany, this is called Friedenspflicht. Both employers and employees (and their unions) are required to refrain from strikes and lockouts in disputes on issues which are covered by a currently ...
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In Germany, is it allowed for an employer to ask an employee to quit his job and threaten to find a critical error to end the contract immediately?

Is it fine to threaten an employee like this? No. It's actually a crime (StGB §240 Nötigung). If they can do it that way, what are the consequences? They absolutely cannot. Ending an employment ...
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Can a 401k plan exclude Union members?

This fact sheet on the "Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974" or ERISA, published by the United States Department of Labor, includes this quote: Who can participate in your ...
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How can employer and union agree to tax-free payments?

certain kinds of payments just are tax-free There are several kinds of tax-free special payments in germany, such as certain types of additional payments (for example "Vermögenswirksame ...
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Could members of a minority use collective action to negotiate with racist employers?

This is explicitly prohibited under 42 USC 2000e-2(c) (c)It shall be an unlawful employment practice for a labor organization— (1) to exclude or to expel from its membership, or otherwise to ...
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How will anyone know if an employer fires an employee for an illegal reason?

Indeed, in the United States, employees without a written employment contract generally can be fired for good cause, bad cause, or no cause at all. The quickest answer would be that in cases where the ...
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What are some jurisdictions where a "no-strike clause" is illegal?

france Une convention ou un accord collectif ne peut pas limiter ou réglementer l'exercice du droit de grève. A collective or bargaining agreement may not limit or restrict the exercise of the right ...
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How can a company compel a W2 employee to sign a non-compete agreement?

A company generally cannot compel an employee to agree to a non-compete, but they have a wide variety of alternatives for inducing employees to do so. Most obviously, they may threaten to fire ...
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What are some of the legal consequences of hiring full-time employees as independent contractors?

A worker can be a contractor or an employee But what's important is the contract, not what you call them Determining if a contract is an employment contract relies on a multi-factor test used in most ...
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Employer withholds last paycheck in Virginia

They have exactly zero legal grounds to withhold your last paycheck. From Code of Virginia 40.1: All employers operating a business shall establish regular pay periods and rates of pay for ...
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In Germany, is it allowed for an employer to ask an employee to quit his job and threaten to find a critical error to end the contract immediately?

amon gives a good answer, but let me approach it from a different direction. Frankly you don't want to be working for a company that wants you gone. Even if they can't get rid of you, they can make ...
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What 'specific legal meaning' does the word "strike" have?

The term has potentially as many specific legal meanings as there are statutes that use the word. One example is title 29 of the United States Code, chapter 7 (Labor-Management Relations), which ...
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Employer failed to report my income or pay taxes. Do I have any rights to file a lawsuit?

Summary If they didn't steal your withholding, it depends a great deal. But if your employer stole your withholding, the IRS will sue them on your behalf. You will absolutely have grounds to sue them,...
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Can employer legally stop paying time & 1/2 to exempt employee after stating in the offer that they would do so?

Yes, they owe you time and a half. But, and it's a big BUT: If the contract lets them fire you, then they can just fire you. So, depending on whether they can let you go, what they're really saying ...
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Employee stopping me from entering my own building

There are numerous practical solutions, such as calling their supervisor, or calling the employee of yours who set up this arrangement, or providing some kind of proof that you are the ultimate boss. ...
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How can a company compel a W2 employee to sign a non-compete agreement?

I assume you are working in the US outside Montana (corporate headquarters is not so important). It depends on how long they are presently required to keep you on. If you have an at-will contract (...
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What are some of the legal consequences of hiring full-time employees as independent contractors?

If someone is being a full-time employee, they legally are an employee (with all the tax etc. consequences). The fact that the company thinks they are hired "on contract basis" and deems ...
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When can a lawyer choose what to work on? Must they think they have a chance at success?

I think they called these lawyers "outside counsel", does this mean they are not part of the same organization so (in theory) their advice and position is objective and neutral? Not really. ...
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What are some jurisdictions where a "no-strike clause" is illegal?

australia Such a clause is unnecessary Under the Fair Work Act which governs all Federal industrial relations (i.e. all those involving companies, the Federal government, and, for reasons, everyone in ...
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