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Financial recourse options regarding a deceitful mechanic?

A mechanic who replaced my bus's radiator removed parts of the transmission's cooling system, said he replaced the parts, and got paid for the parts and the labor. After several months, I took the bus out for a trip, and the transmission overheated repeatedly and finally lost all but first gear. It turns out that the parts the mechanic said he installed are not there -- the pipe that should connect to them just connects back to itself. What steps can I take to get my money back? [more inside]
posted by Pwoink on Mar 23, 2014 - 3 answers

 

I just got a promotion. Should I have gotten a larger raise?

I work for a local small business. I was just promoted from Assistant Store Manager to Store Manager. The raise that was proposed to me was less than I thought it would be. Is there a standard or accepted percentage? [more inside]
posted by kbbbo on Mar 15, 2014 - 7 answers

Rates for freelance medical writing?

I have been offered some freelance medical writing work, and need help to determine a reasonable hourly rate to quote. [more inside]
posted by amelioration on Mar 12, 2014 - 5 answers

How does profit-sharing really work?

I'm interviewing for a position which includes a profit sharing program, and it sounds like it's a major component of the compensation (as opposed to something nice on the side). What are some normal, reasonable terms of profit-sharing programs? How would I compare this against a normal salaried position, and how do I negotiate for the best terms?
posted by anonymous on Feb 12, 2014 - 12 answers

Compensation - what is a good raise %?

I am a young (>5 years out of college) female professional working at a tech company. We are a small company (>200 FTEs) and exist on funding and capital (not public or profitable yet). I am the best performer in my group and a very high performer (top 20% of employees, as told to me by HR and Executives). I just got a raise from $85,000 to $93,000 for a total of a 6% raise. I also got some equity as well. I am happy with my salary (and was happy already), but I honestly have no idea if I should negotiate or ask for more. One on hand I feel pressured to assert myself to exercise negotiation skills, especially as a woman; on the other hand, I am not a very material person, spend very little, and am very happy with my day to day quality of life. I don't really need the money. My question is - is 6% competitive? I know that I am already well paid for a young professional, especially for someone who has not had a lot of experience. I'm pretty happy. I just have no idea what the benchmarks are or what I should be asking for / expecting.
posted by pando11 on Jan 21, 2014 - 17 answers

What should I be looking for in a work relocation package to Australia?

Asking on behalf of a friend: May be transferred from the US to Australia shortly. What should I be looking for in a relocation package? Special snowflake details inside that may affect your answer! I have been transferred around the US a lot and thus know how to assess a relocation package when it's from point A to point B in the US - and, most importantly, I know when it's not enough and I need to hold out for more. I've never been transferred overseas and the only thing I know right now is that a relo package like the ones I get in the States would probably be insufficient. What should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule on Dec 18, 2013 - 14 answers

What Salary.com IT job category am I, really?

So my annual review will be coming up in a few months. My job title is "Software Support Engineer." I'm making something in the 30-40k range, which is a good amount for someone with as little experience as I've got (I just started in IT about 2 years ago.) Prepping for my annual review, I bought one of those Salary.com employer salary survey reports. Median pay listed for a "Software Support Engineer I" is $63k! Am I underpaid, or am I really a "Technical Support Representative II" or whatever, and just have a cool job-title? [more inside]
posted by UrbanEye on Dec 8, 2013 - 16 answers

What is my job, and how much should I get paid?

I am doing a freelance job where I translate, write, and design. How do I find out what my market value is? Is there a handy googleable title for what I'm doing? [more inside]
posted by Pwoink on Dec 4, 2013 - 7 answers

Should I ask my landlord for money off rent?

My landlord and I have a previously discussed arrangement where if I am able to save him a call to a handyman by dealing with an issue myself, I can ask for "whatever's fair" off of rent. Yesterday, a visit by the utility company took up a large part of my day. Not sure if I should ask for money and if so, how much, and how to phrase. [more inside]
posted by SpiffyRob on Oct 2, 2013 - 13 answers

Looking for the Silver Insulation

If an absentee homeowner's property is condemned, can I take legal action against them for a loss in value of my own house? [more inside]
posted by endotoxin on Jun 22, 2013 - 9 answers

Is the Post-Marathon-Bombing One Fund a Worthwhile Charity?

I'm a Bostonian and many of us helped after the marathon bombings, but I'm wondering what are the best resources to find out exactly how helpful The One Fund really is? [more inside]
posted by kinetic on May 6, 2013 - 8 answers

How much should I ask for in compensation for overdue furniture?

I ordered a 2-piece sectional sofa 15 weeks ago, and it was supposed to be delivered in 8-10 weeks. Half of it was delivered at 8 weeks, the other half is still missing. How much should I ask for in compensation as the delivery gets later and later, and what's the best way to handle asking for such compensation? [more inside]
posted by vytae on Mar 24, 2013 - 15 answers

How can I tactfully tell my internship they are asking too much?

I'm working at an unpaid internship two days a week and I've been asked to commit to a one-time, extra stint of work, including actually traveling to another location and staying there (overnight, including the weekend) for a four day period. I think this is too much to ask of someone who is not being compensated, but I don't want to burn any bridges. How can I tactfully tell them I need to either get paid or pass on this commitment? [more inside]
posted by johnnybeggs on Feb 25, 2013 - 26 answers

Timeline of a counterofffer

How long must you wait before making a counteroffer during salary negotiations? [more inside]
posted by Big Chief Little Pants on Feb 25, 2013 - 7 answers

Is reduction of rent warranted in this situation? If yes, how to proceed

I'm asking this for a senior citizen friend. Does he have a right to ask for a reduction in rent for a situation wherein he warned management of criminal activity......but was ignored? [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow on Feb 23, 2013 - 16 answers

Microsoft employee (fte) question

Curious if anyone is/was from Microsoft, I had an employee based question. [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Feb 19, 2013 - 5 answers

Fair internship compensation?

Asking for a friend: I have the opportunity to have an intern work part time (sixteen hours or about twice a week) for me and I need to figure out how compensation might work here. We're a very small business and this is the first time we've dealt with internships. [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Jan 10, 2013 - 19 answers

Companies that rewards actions that favors long term stability

I am looking for examples of banks (or other financial institutions) known for having a compensation structure that rewards actions in the long term interests of the institution. [more inside]
posted by helloworlditsme on Nov 15, 2012 - 3 answers

Competitors who compensate their staff differently?

I am looking for examples of companies in the same industry that have very different compensation structures. Can the hivemind help? [more inside]
posted by helloworlditsme on Oct 29, 2012 - 7 answers

How do I handle the salary negotiation discussion to my advantage without blowing it?

AskMeFi and other say to never throw out the first number in salary discussions, yet this has backfired repeatedly. Stick to the oft-repeated advice or rework based on experience? [more inside]
posted by mcstayinskool on Sep 14, 2012 - 16 answers

Where can I find information about staffing best practices?

Where can I find information on how the best companies in the world deal with their staff? (eg, Fortune's Best Companies to Work For)? [more inside]
posted by Struan on Aug 13, 2012 - 5 answers

Sheryl Sandberg Probably Didn't Have This Problem

How much are COOs paid at small, profitable, private tech firms in Boston? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 29, 2012 - 2 answers

Is my employer compensating coworkers and myself fairly? Need opinions.

Is my employer compensating coworkers and myself fairly? Need opinions. [more inside]
posted by Snorlax on Jun 11, 2012 - 25 answers

We are musicians, and therefore broke - obviously we should sign any deal we get! Right? NO!!!

Recording an album, and trying to strike a deal with the sound engineer / producer so we don't go broke. Are we signing in to a good deal or a bad deal? [more inside]
posted by klausman on Apr 14, 2012 - 10 answers

Salaried game artist in CA - what's the law for overtime?

I need to figure out if my coworkers and I are owed overtime pay. I'm getting conflicting information everywhere I go, and if I need to refer to a lawyer in the end so be it. Maybe you guys can help though... We're salaried video game artists in California. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 - 18 answers

How to find out if stock options in a job offer are competitive?

I've been offered a job by a Silicon Valley startup. The salary and benefits are good, but how do I know if the stock options are "market rate" for this position? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 10, 2011 - 13 answers

How much should I reimburse an employee for driving?

At what rate should I compensate a casual employee who will be occasionally driving to my office? [more inside]
posted by arnicae on Oct 23, 2011 - 11 answers

Bad bra. Now what?

In late July my wife bought a bra from a national retail chain. She wore it one day and was left with a painful large welt/wound on both sides that made it uncomfortable to wear any bra for three weeks. When she explained what happened to the store, they put her in touch with their corporate offices. The welt/wound has mostly healed, although some red areas are still visible and there is some mild throbbing and more-than-occasional itching. She saw a dermatologist who said that there may be some permanent discoloration. The corporate rep indicated that they'd pay for the doctor's visit, although there really wasn't any out-of-pocket cost because the visit was covered by my insurance. Beyond this, can she expect some kind of compensation for the pain, inconvenience and continued problems? What's the best way to go about asking the company? Do we need a lawyer? How do we find one?
posted by anonymous on Sep 14, 2011 - 14 answers

What Should I Ask For To Present Three Guest Lectures?

I've been asked by a university professor to present three separate lectures to a group of graduate students on a relatively arcane -- but not overly complicated -- topic. Each lecture will probably last about an 1.5 hours, not including travel time to and from the campus. The professor mentioned that he has funds available to compensate me for these lectures, but won't give any indication of budget. He's asked me to provide a proposal outlining fees. I haven't done this before, so I don't know whether it's fair to ask for my normal hourly billing rate -- which I'm assuming is probably high. On the other hand, I don't want to do this for free. So my question is... What compensation is reasonable to ask for as a first-time guest lecturer? (Oh yeah: This is an elite private Midwestern University. They aint going broke.)
posted by silkyd on Aug 31, 2011 - 11 answers

Working 2 jobs with one paycheck

My boss has me doing work for another organization that he is the head of and refuses to provide me compensation. How should I proceed? [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts on Aug 14, 2011 - 25 answers

How do countries compensate each other for international mail?

How do countries compensate each other for international mail? [more inside]
posted by cdenman on Jul 22, 2011 - 6 answers

What kind of profit-sharing/performance incentive structure should I push for?

What kind of profit-sharing/performance incentive structure should I push for? [more inside]
posted by contraption on Jun 6, 2011 - 3 answers

What's the going rate for vetting a translation?

Compensation for a help in non-commercial translation job? [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones on Jun 3, 2011 - 4 answers

Marketing position salary - entry level?

I was recently offered an entry-level job at small marketing firm. What is the going rate for salary and benefits? [more inside]
posted by Jade_bug on May 14, 2011 - 9 answers

How much should a freelancer be compensated for project-related travel?

I'm being asked to travel to a 3-hour meeting as part of a freelance project I'm working on. How much time should I be compensated for? [more inside]
posted by SomeTrickPony on Apr 24, 2011 - 8 answers

You want to PAY me?!

What do I charge? [more inside]
posted by polly_dactyl on Apr 5, 2011 - 19 answers

Lobotomy compensation

Does childhood trans-orbital ice-pick lobotomy patient Howard Dully have a case for compensation based on malpractice in California? [more inside]
posted by lottie on Mar 24, 2011 - 6 answers

Please refer me to someone who will help my parents write a rebuttal letter to a workmans comp denial letter

My parents asked for my help in writing a rebuttal letter (due by April 17th) to a denial of service claim against workmans comp, but I am not qualified to write the letter. My parents will go ahead and do this on their own, but I want them to seek the advice of a professional. Please help me find one. [more inside]
posted by bleary on Mar 11, 2011 - 12 answers

How much compensation for damages due to faulty construction is fair?

Hi all, My suit was wrecked by an improperly installed door at a recently constructed office building - how much compensation is fair in your opinion? [more inside]
posted by stealabove on Nov 10, 2010 - 65 answers

Do I have grounds to seek compensation from my employer for business-related damages to my property?

[ Employer Compensation Filter ] Do I have grounds to seek compensation from my employer for damage to my car incurred during business use? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2010 - 11 answers

Why wouldn't I only hire women then?

I need some ammo to fight an oft heard political argument [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn on Sep 22, 2010 - 36 answers

What are the benefits and headaches of equity in a private company?

What are the benefits and headaches of owning equity in a private company? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 21, 2010 - 4 answers

Need advice in accident compensation situation

Was hit by a truck whilst riding on my bike at night. Didn't have my light on. There is talk of compensation/suing. Need some advice...(slightly long story) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 27, 2010 - 21 answers

An alternate track in biglaw?

I know there are a bunch of lawyers in this community. I wonder if any of you are on "alternate tracks" or "alternative schedules". Or, if you are some other kind of professional who typically bills by the hour, if you can help me come up with a proposal. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 13, 2010 - 6 answers

How much to pay for blog/web site writing?

I’m going to be very busy for a month or so and unable to create content for my blog. As an experiment I’d like to put an ad on Craigslist and try to hire someone to write two or three 150-1500 word articles about home machining and metalworking for me. What would be a fair price to pay that will generate some interest but not bust my bank account? [more inside]
posted by 14580 on Jul 12, 2010 - 13 answers

4 bad iPhone 4s..what to do?

I am making a 4 hour drive to exchange my iPhone 4 AGAIN. This will be my 3rd time replacing it. Am I entitled to some form of compensation, and if so how should I get it? [more inside]
posted by arniec on Jul 5, 2010 - 40 answers

How long must we wait to be paid?

WV EmploymentFilter: Asking for a friend. Can a WV employer legally require you to wait 12 weeks before receiving your first pay check? [more inside]
posted by teatime on Jun 16, 2010 - 12 answers

How to make the most of doubling my salary?

My salary just doubled. How can I make the most of it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2010 - 26 answers

The oil field

Will my parents be able to get any compensation due to a neighbour's oil leak? [more inside]
posted by hnnrs on Apr 14, 2010 - 7 answers

If my car becomes famous, what becomes of me?

A publicist wants to use my vehicle for a promotion. How can I best make sure my interests are protected? [more inside]
posted by CrayDrygu on Mar 1, 2010 - 11 answers

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