Non-compete agreements can put a lot of strain on employees. Imagine you’ve spent your entire career building experience and skills in your chosen field. When you decide to leave your job, you suddenly discover that your employment contract prevents you from working for a competitor for a full year. During this time, you could lose your professional status and relevant industry knowledge—forcing you to start again at square one.
It’s been over three weeks since the partial government shutdown began. More than 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed or are working without pay, and many more government contractors on top of that are struggling to get by—indefinitely—without a job.
For many jobs, prospective employees have to take a drug test in order to be hired. If you take such a test and fail, you’re probably feeling frustrated and may want to appeal the result. However, according to one drug screening vendor, there are a couple reasons why challenging the result won’t likely help your cause.
Jobs don’t always end well. Maybe you were terminated because your manager suspected you of stealing, or perhaps a colleague accused you of sexual harassment. Regardless of whether or not such claims were valid, they can tarnish your reputation and make it difficult to find another job.
As a worker in the U.S., you’re entitled to basic protections such as to receive fair pay, to be treated without discrimination and to have basic health and safety protections in the workplace. If your employer does not uphold such protections, you have the right to make a legal claim against them.
In a previous post, we discussed the growing trend of job interview fraud—the dishonest practice of holding online interviews for jobs that don’t exist. In today’s post, we examine the phenomenon of fake job postings.
Landing a new job can be challenging. In a competitive job market, employers look for applicants who check all the right boxes. Do you have the right education? Relevant experience? Good references?
In the age of virtually unlimited connectivity from anywhere in the world, remote jobs are becoming increasingly common. You can sit with your laptop on a beach in Thailand, writing corporate communications for an American marketing firm.
Being in an oppressive work environment is similar to being in any kind of abusive relationship—it can be emotionally devastating. When you’re treated poorly, you can be made to feel like you deserve such treatment—and that you have no course of action against it.
We’ve discussed in previous posts some of the pitfalls of mandatory arbitration clauses in employment contracts—which often benefit the employer over the employee. If you’re offered a job and your new employer requires you to sign such an agreement, you may assume you have no option other than to blindly agree. After all, you might expect that refusing to sign means you’ll lose the job offer.