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Gag order on employees-Is This Legal?

Posted By: Message From The Company Board on 2005-09-06
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From the company board...  Is this legal? To have a gag order on employees?

Here is the link:  http://forum.mtstars.com/company/v/1/4575.html

Call a recruiter. No new employee can tell you this and let me tell you why...

There is a very specific, fairly new paragraph in the information that new hires are sent: If you talk about your salary, you can be terminated.

Salary is dependent on your test scores, your interview, the account you'll be on, and your experience. It differs for everyone, and it is competitve with other MTSOs. Your best bet is to call, or email, a recruiter. Their information can be found on
MT Jobs, MT Stars, and MT Desk in their weekly ads.

Best of luck in your job search!


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Do You Have a Deductible Home Office?


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Whether you are self-employed or an employee, if you use a portion of your home exclusively and regularly for business purposes, you may be able to take a home office deduction.

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