05Xrunner wrote in post #14108055
I just got a 25% raise last week that I have been fighting for about a year now
Well, good for you. In the future, if I were you I'd work out a contract with them, since you were shooting with your gear and evidently being a company photographer is not part of your job agreement/contract. In that context you could claim copyright infringement if they used your work without an agreement that covers all the bases.
Like you say, you don't want to get into a wrangle with them, lawsuits and such. Sure, keep it "casual", you might think, and a "formal contract" may sound silly. But then, if a contract was made and abided by then you wouldn't be asking these questions here. And, if in the future a problem were to arise, including your leaving the company, a contract would be good not just for you but for them as well. In fact, one of the conditions spelled out in the contract could be how the photos should be handled and what compensation may be called for in case you were to leave the company.
Granted, this is "different" from "normal" things we produce for our employers. For example, when I did software development, the work was done on company time and with company-provided equipment, it was part of the job I was hired to do, and so the company "owned" the software that I authored, and presumably still uses it to help generate company profits, even though I am a fading memory to them...