You have the right to modify it, but they have the right to say no. In my experience, the terms of the contract are set. The modifications need to be approved by the legal department and the employer may decide it's not worth the hassle. I'd suggest instead using the clauses to renegotiate compensation. » 7/21/14 9:05am 7/21/14 9:05am

You bring up a key problem. I wouldn't give notice until I get the "all clear" from the new employer. I recently had a former technician of mine "fail" his background check. Reason: he uses his middle name and I said to the offshore provider that he prefers this name so I did not recognize when they asked me if I… » 7/21/14 8:34am 7/21/14 8:34am

Good idea. Some credit card companies do not allow separate cards on the account. I like the safe tip. Some hotels charge to use the safe, so I'd avoid it. I put a credit card in my toiletry bag when a travel alone, so if my wallet is stolen, at least I have an emergency card in that bag. » 7/21/14 6:28am 7/21/14 6:28am