After months of communication issues I recently started a full-time remote job. As I'm moving back to Europe, HR is now telling me I would become unemployed until they can get me a new contract. How can I avoid temporary unemployment and resolve these communication issues?
I have started a job about a month ago, and I am relocating in a couple of weeks. HR has called me today to make sure I was aware of how expensive it was for them that I was moving (USDXX)..
Background: In early summer, I was offered a position at a great company I really wanted to work for. It's a growing company active in the US and Europe and I applied for a remote position as I currently live in South Africa. They told me it would take a couple of weeks to draw up the contract. They mentioned in the interviews they wanted to hire someone who'd stick around for a few years, since they didn't think if you moved jobs you could really add much to the project, which I agreed with.
HR came up with a consultant contract for a year with no benefits whatsoever about a week after the interview. I responded that was not what I had been looking for an HR said they needed a couple of days to clear it out. They came back and said they were doing some legal work on their side to hire me as an employee. I asked for an update in August and September where they were "almost ready" again and had already turned down another offer.
In October they sent me the first piece of paperwork and said I'd start soon. They went ahead and paid me half a month, then sent me another contract, to start on the 1st of November telling me they would even out the salary.
When I started working, I mentioned I was about to relocate to Europe, which was never an issue for previous employers. I got some forms to fill up with legal stuff, address, account, etc.. which I did as fast as I could to make it easy for them and help the process. I'm a EU national and authorised to work both in the EU and where I currently reside, out of the EU.
Yet, I received a call about how expensive and tedious the process is and that I won't be able to work until I sign a new contract. But as they don't know when that will be ready I would become unemployed on the day I relocate. The money will go to an external firm that handled my previous contract which now has to be redone.
I have never been in a situation any similar to this. I don't understand what is going on... and I don't know how to face this. This was not my first remote position, normally the hiring part goes really fast, you get a remote full-time contract and done.
I mentioned to my team lead It could take a while to come back to the team, which he was apparently aware of. He mentioned how bad HR had been during the year but never mentioned any of this.
I don't want to be left hanging for months on end with no communication waiting for a contract to appear. I don't want to be seen as a burden, but I was transparent about the relocation which I never saw as a potential issue.
How can I best approach my communication with this company?