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Moving out of state: Michigan, relocating to South Carolina, hourly rate, referral bonus, health insurance.

 
 
Old 01-06-2008, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Aiken, SC
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QUESTIONS TO ASK A PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYER WHEN CONSIDERING WORKING “CONTRACT” AS WELL AS RELOCATING

The purpose of this is not to point fingers at any one employer or contract house, but to enlighten you if you are considering accepting an offer to work more than 50 miles from your permanent (meaning legal) residence. When I finally accepted an offer more than 900 miles from my main residence, I thought I had asked every question I could think of, so that there would be no unpleasant surprises. The operative term here being “thought”. This is a compilation of my own experiences and those of others. I hope it helps you make an intelligent decision.

PAY
  • What will my hourly rate be?
  • What is the state income tax rate? (Assuming that this position will be out of your home state.)
  • Will I be an “exempt” or “non-exempt” employee? (“Non-exempt” employees are paid time and a half for overtime, whereas “exempt” employees are usually paid straight time for any overtime.)
  • Does overtime begin at 8 hours, or at 40 hours?
  • Is there a chance for overtime work?
  • Is direct deposit available?
  • If I am paid per diem, is it a separate check or is it combined with my wage earnings?
PAY PERIOD
  • What is the pay period? Once a week? Every two weeks? Or something else?
  • Is the pay withheld for a period of time? (I started my new position on October 1 and didn’t receive my first full paycheck until November 2.)
  • What is the pay period schedule?
  • When would I receive my first paycheck?
PER DIEM
  • What is the per diem rate?
  • Is it taxable income? (If the contract is expected to last more than 12 months it will be taxable income.)
  • Do I need to supply receipts? (This would be “expenses”.)
  • What, exactly, does per diem cover?
BONUSES
  • Will I be eligible for any bonuses?
  • What will they be?
  • Is there a referral bonus?
VACATION
  • Will I earn any vacation?
  • At what rate?
  • Is it available to be taken immediately or is it “earned”?
HOLIDAYS[/SIZE]
  • What holidays will I be able eligible for?
  • What is the first holiday that I would be paid for? (This would become an important issue if your first day would be close to a federal holiday. For instance, if your first day of work would be November 15, would you be paid for Thanksgiving?)
  • If the clients’ work schedule is 4 10-hour days, will I be able to claim 10 hours for holiday or only 8?
WORK SCHEDULE
  • What is the work schedule? (A lot of government contract work 4 10-hour days with Fridays off, or some similar schedule.)
  • Is overtime available on Fridays and/or weekends?
TRIPS HOME
  • Are trips home provided?
  • Are trips home reimbursed or will the company make the travel arrangements?
  • How many trips home per month are allowed?
  • If the trip requires a two-day travel (900 miles, for instance) is lodging reimbursable? Are meals and incidental expenses (M&IE) reimbursable during my trip home? (Normally, M&IE is not reimbursable while you are at your permanent residence.)
  • Is there a “not-to-exceed” rate, based on current airline fares, should I choose to drive home?
BENEFITS[/SIZE]
  • Is health care provided?
  • Is it a group policy?
  • Do I have to obtain health insurance on my own?
  • Is a 401k plan available?
OTHER QUESTIONS TO ASK[/SIZE]
  • At what point, if any, would I be eligible to be hired direct to the client? (Assuming that is your desire.)
  • Is a loan available during the “settling in” period?
  • Is an advance in pay available during the “settling in” period?
  • Is there a period of time that I would be expected to find more economical living arrangements? (I was expected to find more economical living arrangements within 60 days and a lease was required once I did.)
  • If I am hired direct, will the company pay for moving my household goods to the new location? What, exactly, are the arrangements for relocation?

Last edited by trinkit; 01-06-2008 at 08:14 AM.. Reason: Took out "Word" formatting to be easier to read
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Old 01-07-2008, 03:25 PM
 
Location: michigan
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Thanks for the information, Born and raised here but I think its time to go.
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Old 01-07-2008, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Aiken, SC
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I was born and raised in Michigan, also. I still love that state, but an opportunity presented itself for my husband and me, so it was basically a "no-brainer". But I wanted to present my thoughts based on my experience for the last 3-1/2 months. I hope it helps someone else before they jump ship. Basically, the mantra is "DO YOUR HOMEWORK FIRST".
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Old 01-07-2008, 06:54 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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VERY good list, not just for those moving OUT but also IN. Those are questions that you may remember most of them, but there are a few you might totally forget to nail down specifics. Good list for ANYBODY changing jobs to keep handy.
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Old 01-08-2008, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Aiken, SC
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Thank you, Bydand. I'd like to make it more accessible for anyone moving, no matter what state, but don't think posting it on every state's forum would be such a good idea.

Being that I was born and raised in Michigan and recently relocated to SC, I titled it the way I did.
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