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Hit a Major Snag

August 15th, 2014 at 11:19 am

Sorry for the 3rd post today!

Well after my earlier discussion about the EF, it turns out I may have to use it after all... But for different reasons. Gr.

Husband's work has recently started a new pay roll. Yesterday they told him that the system is a little messed up and in order to smooth it out everyone will be getting a check 2 weeks in a row, then no check for 3 weeks, then it will go back to normal. Whatever. That is annoying, but no big deal. We would just have to shift money a little.

Well today they came back and decided that instead of paying the total of the 3 weeks, they are just going to pay the normal 2 weeks, and the other week's worth of pay they will give the workers when they quit!?

What the heck. That means he will work for 3 weeks but only get paid for 2. Many people working there won't quit or retire for years and years. They can't just hold your money hostage all that time can they?

Husband says the entire place is outraged and about to start rioting. I'm sure there are other workers worse off than us that need that money to eat.

We are going to lose over $400. I have NO idea how we are going cover the house payment, and buy groceries. Looks like I will have to pull out of the EF to cover it.

Not going to do anything drastic yet. But this is REALLY going to slow down progress. ARG!

Is that legal? Husband is pretty bummed. And it just adds stress to me. It seems like I will never get out of this hole.

This has also been an eyeopener that I need to increase my EF, so I don't have to panic when stuff like this happens.

7 Responses to “Hit a Major Snag”

  1. laura Says:


    I don't know the rationale behind it, but my husband's last day of work is 8/29 and he is paid for that on 9/13. Severance officially starts the last week of September, so holding pay seems to be a reasonable thing that companies do, though it doesn't sound like that is the case with your husband's company? At all.

  2. klarose Says:

    Usually when you start a new job they take 3 weeks to give you your first pay check, because the pay roll is always a week behind. I get that. But they already did that when he got hired on, I'm pretty sure. Also this isn't just him. There are people that have been working there for 30 years! I don't see how they can just decide to take part of your paycheck. Especially with no warning. They should have at least let them know a month or two in advance so they could save and prepare.

  3. ceejay74 Says:

    Does not sound legal to me! Could you contact a Legal Aid in your region for some free advice?

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    Either it wasn't explained correctly, or they are doing it wrong and you should have recourse in some way. The first way made more sense than waiting until someone quits to pay out the money!

  5. terri77 Says:

    That doesn't sound right or legal at all!

  6. rob62521 Says:

    I think I'd ask more questions...it seems a bit unorthodox.

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Yeah, this doesn't sound right at all.

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