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Said something wrong in front of my boss

What should I do in this situation after saying something stupid in front of my boss? [more inside]
posted by pieceofcake on Aug 6, 2014 - 21 answers

Employer Byline on Facebook Comments?

Is there a way to disable the "[job title] at [employer]" byline that the Facebook Comments website plugin appends after my name? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Aug 5, 2014 - 5 answers

Software skills for aspiring technical writer

How do I know I’ve taught myself enough technical writing software (number of programs and my abilities therein) for potential employers to take me seriously? [more inside]
posted by glass.hourousha on Jul 23, 2014 - 6 answers

Can my employer retroactively withhold the "first paycheck" after years?

Is it legal for an employer (FL Tax ID in FL) to suddenly decide after four years that they want to withhold the "standard" week's worth of pay (based on salary, not hourly)? [more inside]
posted by Debaser626 on Jun 26, 2014 - 10 answers

Help being diplomatic with employer...

My employer signed my housing lease and wants to take over my living space. How do I say no? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 3, 2014 - 21 answers

Negotiating with former employer after being laid off

I'm a young software engineer in SF, recently laid off, trying to keep my old company laptop, and unsure if this is reasonable. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2014 - 35 answers

Leaving employer to create competitor – tips and pitfalls

A colleague and I are considering forming our own company in competition with our employer. We're currently researching our idea and working up a full business plan. How do we do this legally and ethically, and avoid getting fired until we're ready to jump? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 6, 2014 - 16 answers

Was I slandered, or am I just paranoid?

I recently got the opportunity to apply for a cherry job that would have solved a lot of my current problems, but I seem to have blown it. I'm wondering if a bad employer reference might have done me in? [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Dec 6, 2013 - 26 answers

Help me convince the boss I DON'T have to be in the office 12/26-12/31

I've been asked to show up at the office for the four weekdays between Xmas and January 1 -- AGAIN. But the boss is taking vacation. More drama inside. [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Nov 21, 2013 - 59 answers

Specific places for my fiance to apply at

So my fiance is very smart, hardworking, great with people, courteous, etc and so forth. He's currently working as a lead teller at a large banking corporation. He's been there for a while, and the management staff over him have all rotated and gone from being pretty good managers to people that make working there frankly awful for him. He of course wants to leave, but both of our experience has been that looking at places that post lots of classifieds from different sources is that you may as well mail your application to the void. SO! What are your recommendations for specific employers whose job postings we should keep an eye on? [more inside]
posted by kavasa on Nov 16, 2013 - 9 answers

Should I port my cell phone number to my new employer?

I've had my cell phone number for 10 years. My new employer is a large non-profit organization (thousands of employees). They'll buy me a new phone and pay for the service. They won't just reimburse me for my service plan as my last employer did. I don't really want to carry a second phone and have a second plan. It seems that if I want to take advantage of this benefit, I'd need to use the university phone as my primary phone and port my phone number over to the university. I'm trying to figure out if I should do this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 4, 2013 - 20 answers

I'm having coffee with a potential employer... What should I know?

I'm scheduled to meet over coffee with a potential employer. What's considered good etiquette in this situation? How should I be prepared? [more inside]
posted by ScarletLark on Oct 17, 2013 - 11 answers

ch-ch-ch-changes: out with the old, in with the new employees

I run a small-scale but pretty profitable business (5 employees). Entertainment agency. I'm very fortunate to both love my job and really really like the people who work for me. I feel positive about our company and the work we do. We're growing all the time. One of them - the administrative lynch-pin/office manager/keeper of all knowledge is moving abroad to join her long-distance boyfriend. I'm gutted and feel she's going to be really hard to replace. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by stevedawg on Sep 2, 2013 - 15 answers

Employer wellness screening and pregnancy

Medical mefites: How much will my pregnancy skew my employer-sponsored health plan wellness program biometric screening (blood tests only)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 27, 2013 - 12 answers

Should I take this job?

After interviewing for a full-time position, I was offered the job as a contract-to-hire. Should I take it? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Aug 23, 2013 - 29 answers

Is my employer legally allowed to track where I go during work?

I work a desk job in an office building. There are about 4 doors on our floor that require a keycard to access. One leads to a bathroom, the other leads to the kitchen, which has the coffee maker and water fountain. The other two go to other departments. My employer has notified me that they have registered a very high frequency of passing through these doors. They run reports on what keycards are used to open doors, and how often they are used. I drink a lot of water and coffee at work an urinate frequently, hence my passing through these doors. Can they legally do this? Can they punish me in any way? Obviously, I'm in the US.
posted by MisantropicPainforest on Jun 24, 2013 - 33 answers

Laying the Golden Egg: Employer unilaterally shifting my contract.

I took a job which I initially really enjoyed and was doing well at in a small company, by far exceeding standard targets across a variety of measures. Shortly after my six month review, my employer has began to play loose with the terms of a pretty weak contract, and it's impairing my performance as I weigh whether I need to shift my own priorities. Is this symptomatic of problems ahead or just a lack of business sense that I can leverage myself sufficiently to deal with? What is my next move and how do I go about it? [more inside]
posted by skermunkil on Jun 24, 2013 - 5 answers

I can do the job, mostly, really

I have a tricky job-application scenario: basically, I can do all the requirements that were advertised, but I have excellent reason to believe they expect the person in the position to semi-regularly do something my health prevents me from doing at all. How do I handle this in the application/resume process? [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on Apr 23, 2013 - 10 answers

How do I navigate this health insurance situation?

How do I figure out the details on a tricky health insurance situation so I am not doing anything shady, but also don't accidentally end up many thousand of dollars in debt? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 5, 2013 - 10 answers

Saving for retirement with no employer retirement program

How to save for retirement when my employer offers no retirement savings program and I cannot contribute to an IRA tax-free? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Mar 23, 2013 - 12 answers

Company has my cv. I changed parts concerning the past. Send it again?

Should I sent a potential employer and updated version of my cv, when the difference concerns the past? In the version they have, I didn't include one project I was working on, but I would include it now. [more inside]
posted by Triton on Feb 18, 2013 - 5 answers

What would a lawyer call this?

Is there a legal principal here, and if so, what is it called? YANML. Question about paying for a service that is impossible to benefit from. Explanation and example inside…. [more inside]
posted by otto42 on Feb 8, 2013 - 23 answers

The new employee is sketchy, and only I know it.

I just started a new job as a researcher. They hired a few people around the same time as me and we all have start dates around now-ish. I've been there a week. There is a new guy starting in my department in a more senior position than me, but not supervising me, on Monday. I just got his name today and looked him up, and... there are some things about him that a little bit of digging uncovered that are sketchy. (It's definitely him, please give me the benefit of the doubt here.) His job is not likely to be impacted by these revelations about his recent past, but if it were to get out that his history includes these things, it could endanger my company's reputation if a competitor or journalist found out. Nothing he did is illegal. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 1, 2013 - 18 answers

my employer is fucking me over. what can i do?

Do I have any recourse against my employer, who misled me about the terms of my hire, and can you recommend some resources to quickly find work and make him my ex-employer? I'm in Ontario, I am already a recipient of assistance (because I) do not get enough work to be eligible for unemployment. [more inside]
posted by windykites on Jan 17, 2013 - 11 answers

Fired. Helped me get hired again.

How do I talk about being fired in future job interviews? Advice and encouragement needed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 7, 2013 - 16 answers

My employer stole my money?

How to pursue check theft with my employer [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Dec 13, 2012 - 28 answers

I want it all, I want it all, I want it all and I want it now.

Help me talk about salaries to a potential employer! Snowflakes inside! [more inside]
posted by fearnothing on Dec 12, 2012 - 7 answers

Is stealing a big issue at work, or just sort of, meh?

Theft problem at work creating lack of trust [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Dec 3, 2012 - 22 answers

Is employee conduct or disciplinary standings protected information in B.C.?

[YANML] Are private sector managers in British Columbia restricted in what they can discuss amongst themselves with regards to employee's conduct or disciplinary actions taken as a result? [more inside]
posted by pahalial on Nov 16, 2012 - 1 answer

clueless supervisor

As a supervisor, what can I do to help my assistant feel more needed or is it a lost cause? Lots of snowflakiness inside. [more inside]
posted by singinginmychains on Oct 24, 2012 - 27 answers

I'd really like to like this job

I have a job that I like (or at least I like sometimes) with a boss who alternately micromanages and is totally hands-off. Morale at the store is really low, particularly lately, as we've had several big tasks to juggle. I need advice on how to deal with it. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by Harry Potter and the Puppet of Sock on Aug 18, 2012 - 8 answers

Don't go readin' my texts!..

...they couldn't if they tried? Do employers read text messages on employer paid cell phones? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 25, 2012 - 13 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

If an employer requires a training course, shouldn't they also pay for it?

Is it legal for an employer to force employees to pay for a training course? My wife works in a fairly high-end hair salon and the owners organize a yearly training day. Attendance is mandatory and each employee must pay $700 to attend. [more inside]
posted by robotnixon on May 2, 2012 - 21 answers

Laid off with no termination date.

I've recently found out via public notice that the company I work for is closing, but I don't know when. The boss hasn't said anything to my colleagues or me. How do I approach him? [more inside]
posted by wigsnatcher on Apr 19, 2012 - 18 answers

Keep my boss from taking credit for my work.

How do I keep my somewhat petty, probably vindictive boss from taking credit for writing all of the online content that I write for the company website? [more inside]
posted by KoiPond on Feb 21, 2012 - 7 answers

Can a US employer ask what medications I'm on?

An employer decides to update their employee database and distributes a form with the usual name, address, emergency contact stuff on it. There is also a line for "Any medications you are currently taking." [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 - 13 answers

Left Brain Advice for the Right Brain Guy

Business practicality filter: As a freelance designer, one man shop, what would I have to consider regarding taking on an assistant? Help my underdeveloped left brain... [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Feb 16, 2012 - 1 answer

Religious advice on divorce ... from my employer

I went to a counseling session at the employee assistance program at the midwestern U.S. state college that I work at, and the handout that I received is religious. I'm not, and it made me uncomfortable. How do I approach this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2012 - 33 answers

What's a reasonable expectation for allowable uncompensated work?

How common (or uncommon) is it for an employer to ask for employees to work extra, uncompensated time? [more inside]
posted by garlic on Jan 5, 2012 - 19 answers

More training? But what was this Master's degree for then?

I have questions about the amount of training a professional should get, and how the training and the time spent on training is compensated. [more inside]
posted by garlic on Nov 7, 2011 - 10 answers

Employer HSA Contributions

Is it discriminatory for an employer to vary HSA contributions based on an employee's health? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 25, 2011 - 13 answers

With Sympathy

I recently saw an obituary for a previous employer's father. Is it inappropriate to use this situation to re-establish contact? [more inside]
posted by humboldt32 on Jul 21, 2011 - 10 answers

Help make garnishment easier

We've received a wage-garnishment order from the State of California for my child's caregiver for an unpaid tax debt. What, if anything, can we do to help her? [more inside]
posted by dolface on Jun 5, 2011 - 12 answers

Legitimate group insurance or bad deal?

Health insurance filter: Is this really an employer group plan or something else? Should we be leery? [more inside]
posted by ninjakins on Mar 17, 2011 - 11 answers

Post-internship troubles.

Interned with publication. Didn't follow through after internship ended. How do I mend this possibly fractured relationship with my former employer? [more inside]
posted by gypsyhymns on Mar 10, 2011 - 4 answers

Should I take a loan from my boss?

I'm strapped for cash, and am saving up money to move to a cheaper place in a few months. My boss has offered to personally loan me money to help me move. Should I take him up on his offer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 9, 2011 - 19 answers

My former employer leaked my ss number!

Can I sue my former employer for leaking my social security number, email address and physical address? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector on Feb 19, 2011 - 15 answers

Should I provide a W-2 to a potential new employer?

Should I provide a W-2 to a potential new employer? A job offer was made to me pending a background check. The background check is delayed because my current employer has not replied to the new employer(I do not know why). I was given the option to verify employment using a W-2 form. Do I want to give all of this information to the new employer? I didn't lie about salary but never gave a direct amount. The new job is a 15% increase and I feel like I should not make that obvious to the new employer. If I never stated or lied about a my current salary am I worried about this for no reason? Is 15% going to be perfectly acceptable to them if I am the right candidate?
posted by anonymous on Feb 15, 2011 - 14 answers

Fired for pregnancy?

EmployerFilter. My soon-to-be wife is around four months pregnant. Our due date is the first week of July, which at that time will be employed with her current employer for eleven months time. She currently is covered under their group insurance. Today they informed her that they will give her seven (unpaid) days of maternity leave. They informed her they will be terminating her if she takes anything longer off. To me this sounds rotten, possibly illegal. We are the state of Florida, USA. Can they really fire her for taking more than a week of maternity leave?
posted by AdamOddo on Feb 7, 2011 - 27 answers

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