I was working for an agency as a cleaner, and the company has now taken me on. My contract start date was 28th August which is a bank holiday. Our holidays cover for this.

When I checked with HR that I would be covered, they told me that my line manager confirmed my start date as the 29th August. This was not confirmed with me. I will now be out of pocket, as I would have been working if it was a normal day. It feels like they are conning me out of pay or a holiday.

My question is, Can they just changed the date to suit them, as my contract clearly states the 28th.

  • I don't know how it works everywhere, but when I started in the middle of a month, my pay was determined based on (number of days worked) / (number of working days that month). Starting the 28 or the 29 wouldn't have any impact.
    – gvo
    Commented Sep 16, 2016 at 9:34
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    As you'll notice Jane edited your post. DO NOT SHOUT WHEN YOU WRITE A QUESTION
    – user8036
    Commented Sep 16, 2016 at 9:39
  • @gvo the question seems to be that the very first day of work which seems to be a paid public holiday, and that someone has amended a presumably signed contract, to the advantage of one party and the disadvantage of the other party.
    – Criggie
    Commented Sep 16, 2016 at 10:41
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    If you have a contract then you have a contract. A contract cannot be changed by one side alone. If the other side does not honor your contract, you can get a lawyer and drag them to court. That's the only point of a contract. If hiring a lawyer is worth it, is a decision only you can make.
    – nvoigt
    Commented Sep 16, 2016 at 10:42
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    @Criggie As I mentionned, where I am, the way to compute the salary for a partial month would not be changed by that consideration.
    – gvo
    Commented Sep 16, 2016 at 13:29

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Are you supposed to work on Sunday ?

Because 28 August is on Sunday. This just seems like to be an honnest mistake.

Usually new employees start on the beginning of a new week (Monday) or a month (easier for HR and paid stuff)

  • I'd debate that employees usually start on Mondays. In my experience and profession, I find most people tend to start on a Wednesday. The benefits being that you have a few days to become accustomed, and you get some chill time between that and the next week so you're not being overloaded with information. I've done this at all 3 of my "big jobs" so far, and it's worked out pretty well.
    – XtrmJosh
    Commented Sep 16, 2016 at 10:08
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    29th August was a national holiday in the UK, so it's highly likely that this is a simple administrative error that's been corrected. I guess the question is, did you actually start working on the Sunday or the Monday?
    – user44108
    Commented Sep 16, 2016 at 10:19
  • @XtrmJosh Here in the UK (which I assume is the case also with the OP), people start jobs either on a Monday or the first working day of the month. Or the first working day of a week if it's not a full week job. I've never heard of people starting work on Wednesdays over here in the UK.
    – user44108
    Commented Sep 16, 2016 at 10:22
  • @Pete I'm also in the UK. Maybe it's specific to the companies I've worked at or even some sort of influence I've had on the recruitment processes...
    – XtrmJosh
    Commented Sep 16, 2016 at 10:23

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