I was supposed to start a new job last week but on Monday I had a nasty case of diarrhea and decided to stay at home. I sent an apologetic email to the new company and they seemed to understand. My illness has lasted longer than expected though and now it looks like I might not be able to start until next Monday, two weeks after I was supposed to. I have a note from my doctor declaring me not fit for work for this time and I've kept the employer updated as to my condition. I also offered to do any work that I might be able to do from home, without having been inducted, but didn't hear back about that (which is what I expected). I'm in the UK if that makes a difference.
I had assumed that despite the unfortunate timing, this would work like normal sick leave, for which I should get paid in full according to my contract. I just received an email from HR though suggesting that my start date be moved to next Monday, which would presumably mean no pay for these two weeks. I replied asking for clarification.
So what am I legally entitled to in this situation, and what can I expect? I can absorb the financial hit of not being paid if it comes to it but I really don't want to. Will it hurt my relationship with the new company if I insist on being paid?
It seems to me that if I don't get paid for this time it would create a major perverse incentive for new starters, as I could have gone in my first day, spent the whole day on the toilet and infected everyone, but get several hundred pounds for it. It doesn't seem right that doing the responsible thing by staying home should cost me that money.