I work as a permanent employee for an IT outsourcing company.
I've turned up to work after the new year to find that the office is empty. It turns out that nobody can Bill the company giving us a contract until later in the month, so we weren't expected to turn up to work yet.
I found out that I was supposed to get an email about it but wasn't included in the recipient list.
The problem is that I have now paid for a train ticket and two nights of hotel costs. And my employer is hinting that they will refuse to pay for any of the travel/hotel costs. I feel hard-done by since this has happened only because I wasn't sent the memo, and I wondered if this is normal or if there is any recourse I can take.
- Will it depend on my contract with my employer?
- Is there any general employment law that can help my side?
- Does anyone have any experience with this sort of thing?
I intend to try and insist my employer pays for my costs because I don't feel in the wrong. What do you think?
EDIT: Good news...So I was able to claim the expenses from my company, just not from the client-specific project (for obvious reasons). There was just a bit of miscommunication and confusion.
This is a benefit of being a permanent employee and no doubt if I was a contractor would be shafted. Thanks for the replies.