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Q&A: Would particularly like the opinion of a lawyer or HR person re telling “white lies” to employers, is it legal?

Question by hacking is illegal: Would particularly like the opinion of a lawyer or HR person re telling “white lies” to employers, is it legal?
Things are so over the top with “full and open disclosure”, etc these days, including ones personal life, I just wondered about a few scenarios.

1. Lets say for instance a General Manager of a company is divorced and joins an expensive dating agency and meets a new partner there. Whoever he answers to (his boss) and all the staff at his company, are told by him, when they ask where he met his new partner, that he’s met this lady through friends, or some such other “white lie” as he doesn’t want to say he went to a dating agency or dating website. Can he get into trouble for “lying” or “breach of trust” if it’s ever found out he in fact didn’t meet the lady through friends at all?

2. Employee wants to leave the company so they “lie” to their employer and ask to leave early as they feel sick or ask for time off to go to the dentist, etc, but really they are going to a job interview. Once they resign, when they get the new job, can they be seen as a “dishonest” and perhaps be dismissed instead of being able to resign? Everyone tells these “white lies” to get a new job, but some employers are just being so over the top with honesty these days, I wonder if any would actually get huffy and officially accuse you of dishonesty?

3. Employee is going through a trial separation or other personal family problem (perhaps one of their kids is on drugs or something and there is nothing in his employment agreement stating that you have to mention drugs, unless it’s relating to you personally), do they have to reveal this to their employer, even if asked? Including if they are asking to leave work early to deal with something in regard to this? Or is it ok to “white lie” about the reason for wanting time off? Stating something like “I have a family or personal problem I need to leave early for” could just invite unwanted questioning so most would prefer to do the “going to the dentist” routine. And if they are undergoing a trial separation but haven’t told their employer they have changed their address, is that wrong?

Best answer:

Answer by Judy
A lie is a lie. But if it has nothing to do with business, it’s none of the employer’s business. In your example 1, it’s absolutely none of their business. In 2, yes it’s business related, but you’re right, is so common that most employers wouldn’t even ask. In 3, they should say that they need to leave early to deal with a personal issue, and if more questions are asked, say it’s personal. And the employee has no requirement to tell his boss about a trial separation.

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What is the “Batterer’s Education Program”? What science are thier methods based on?


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Question by witchtriumvirate: What is the “Batterer’s Education Program”? What science are thier methods based on?
Is the program self-justified by a vague theory (such as “The Duluth Model”), or is it a scam designed with the specific intent to increase the recidivism rate thus ensureing the promulgation of such programs in a thus far successful effort to harvest profits from the neediest of the needy? After all, being forced to watch “vignettes” of “perps” abuseing “victims”, over and over again for 24 to 36 weeks, 2 hours a night, once or twice a week, predictably has a tendency to reassure the abusers that domestic violence is a way of life, and repeated offenses mean only more classes (instead of jail). Exposure Therapy inceases recidivism. Period. What qualifications do the providers need? Are they required to display thier credentials like your doctor, lawyer, dentist, teacher, and veteraniarian has too? Who do the staff answer too? Do your tax dollars fund this scam? What about this radical idea I dreamed up: when someone hits another person, maybe they should go to jail.

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Answer by bam
Shut up Bit ch

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1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by - December 4, 2010 at 6:15 am

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“I’m a lawyer with references from The Bush Administration.” You want that on your resume?

Question by 12-25 Never Forget: “I’m a lawyer with references from The Bush Administration.” You want that on your resume?
At the end of The Firm, Mitch says “Yeah, I’m still a lawyer with references from Bandini, Lambert, & Locke. You want to put that on your resume?”

Are Bush ex-officials saying something similar now?

“Only 25% to 30% of ex-Bush officials seeking full-time jobs have succeeded…”
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123518630430139343.html

“2008 White House Office Staff List – Salary ”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/opinions/graphics/2008stafflistsalary.html

“The Firm – Ending”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EH2P5DtpgM8

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Answer by Cookie Monster
Troll. You are almost as bad as Edna

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6 comments - What do you think?  Posted by - November 28, 2010 at 6:16 am

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Q&A: what would you do ? You work for a lawyer &?


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Question by Jooli C – qld – oz: what would you do ? You work for a lawyer &?
They’re (the lawyer & lawyers spouse) constantly intimidating to all staff members, including other lawyers. They scream & swear at staff over stupid things. Its abuse. They wont pay superannuation and staff don’t know if they’re paying their taxes for them even though they say they are. The tax office wont tell us without the ABN No & they wont give it to us. When staff ask about anything they either say “oh yeah, we’ll fix it up” or “do you want to keep your job, because I’m sure we could find some-one else who would love your job” & then nothing happens. They make staff feel really bad if they’re ever sick or want holidays & they wont let any of staff talk or be friends during or after work. They refuse to give staff job descriptions or proper pay slips & always say they’ve been working for them less than they have & have less holidays & sick leave than they should have. They wont give anyone letters of employment or letters of separation & whenever someone leaves or gets fired they tell the staff they are never to speak to that person again because that will be a breach of confidentiality. The staff all get pretty low pay as well, nothing a cent over the industry awards and they all work so hard. They’re so sick of being bullied & threatened by these horrible people. I was wondering if any one else had this experience working for lawyers. They seem to think they can get away with anything and have no consequences. The staff just want a normal job with normal people.
Help & comments please !!!
Especially from any lawyers or legal staff…
Please don’t say “just leave & get another job”… =)

Best answer:

Answer by tacotorch
So you work for some scumbag Lawyers and they treat you and the rest of the staff like dogs, it won’t get better. Do you think it will get better? I don’t.

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2 comments - What do you think?  Posted by - November 27, 2010 at 8:17 pm

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