As part of my work I go to various retail locations to promote and demonstrate products. Normally this work is done as a contractor but the particular agency considers me as an employee.
I got assigned a shift which was scheduled to end after the store closed. This happened twice in a row. My coordinator knows this happened. The second time the coordinator must have found out and changed everyone's schedule to earlier last minute. I wasn't able to accommodate this change (he called me 6 times to ask how close I was and it was really irritating). A simplified example is my shift was scheduled 10-6 but my coordinator realized the store closes at 5 so at 8:30 he messages that schedule has changed 9-5.
I submit invoices which include the hours I worked (I get paid by hour). Given what happened I'm not sure what would be fair or what I should do? Should I put in the hours I actually worked or the hours that I was scheduled to work? Normally I don't expect to get paid when not working but this was not something I had control over.
I haven't spoke with my coordinator yet, I want to first decide what I want.
My coordinator is new to the area I am working in and was surprised when he learned the store closed when it did, but said this happened to many others as well.
PS if I'm submitting an invoice doesn't that usually mean I'm a contractor and not an employee?