Madge wrote: The whole health insurance thing is wild. I was telling my husband that as well as making sure the wage will be worth moving internationally for he'll need to make sure the health insurance thing is sorted... and on top of that in the US you have something called at-will employment when you can fire anyone for any reason with no notice?
The healthcare system in this country is hmm, complicated, and I am remarkably ignorant about too many things in life, things that I don’t have a pressing reason to know. Like how switching health insurance would work if you are already in treatment for something. My husband is waiting for the results of a biopsy, and if I switch insurance can he continue with the treatment he’s started, will the new insurance take over, or do we need to start all over again? And yes, California is an at-will employment state. Your employer can show you the door on Friday afternoon with no notice. You are also allowed to exit on your own at any time without notice. And on both sides, technically there doesn’t need to be a reason. Note that this usually doesn’t happen because there is a risk that a disgruntled employee can come up with a reason to sue for wrongful termination (like discrimination), so the employer will document a reason or offer a severance package. My husband was “made redundant” once and they gave him three months salary. That said, if a company gets a bad reputation for firing people with no notice they will have trouble attracting top talent, and likewise word may get around if an employee has a history of quitting without notice.
Madge wrote:That said - his job says he gets "unlimited vacation time"... what does that mean exactly? I'm assuming it doesn't mean he shows up for his first day of work, says "I'm taking vacation as of tomorrow", never shows up again, and gets money forever? (AKA that one weird trick employers don't want you to know).
This sounds suspiciously like they want to hire him as an independent contractor, not as an employee, so he wouldn’t be entitled to any benefits. Either way, this would almost certainly not be paid vacation time. Does the job description say anything like “you will be required to fill out Form 1099”?