I am soon to start my new job as a JavaScript developer... we have agreed that I work 4 days per week (I haven't signed anything in the way of a contract just yet).

However they want me to start before the start of the month, so technically I'd be working one day for free (unless they plan to pay me extra for that one particular day, but I doubt that).

Are they allowed to do this?

I get the impression that jobs like this involve going the extra mile every now and then without expecting to be paid for every single minute that you're working... but thought I'd best see what the norm is as I've been freelance most of my career and so I'm unsure how these things normally work.

closed as off-topic by sleske, HorusKol, gnat, Chris E, Jonast92 Feb 23 '17 at 12:54

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    Why do you think they won't pay you for the one day? Just ask them. If they want to avoid the paperwork of paying one extra day, you can also suggest they give you one extra vacation day in your first year. – sleske Feb 23 '17 at 10:45
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    Please either ask your employer about the pay first, or explain why you feel you cannot ask. Otherwise this will have to be closed as off-topic - right now the question is both company-specific and legal ("are they allowed?"), both of which are off-topic. – sleske Feb 23 '17 at 10:48
  • If you start the job and can't even ask this, imagine what happens later when more serious questions come up. If it helps, write down what you are going to ask first (like this question, but streamlined) and then just call or send an email and ask about it. Ask before signing the contract. – Brandin Feb 23 '17 at 12:51

technically I'd be working one day for free

Don't make assumptions like this. Ask them.

I'm unsure how these things normally work

The norm is you get paid for the time you work.

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    In most places, the law is they must pay you for every day you work (that is included in your standard work schedule, salaried people may be expected to work additional unpaid time on weekends). If your start date is Feb 28 instead of March 1, they must pay you for Feb 28. A place that would ignore that for any reason is not a place you want to work. – HLGEM Feb 23 '17 at 18:49

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