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I left my job last Friday (25th). The day I was supposed to get paid. My boss sat me down and said he'd be able to get it to me by the 31st (he's been late previously and has paid, so I took his word on it). Now today I've found out he can't guarantee payment to me (a salary), which will mess up my rent and bills. I've already worked the month (my notice). What can I do to get what's rightfully mine?

Notes:

  • This isn't just me, he hasn't paid the whole office (around 9 employees).
  • It's in my contract that he will pay on the last Friday of every month.

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  • Did the company make any profit last month? – Khalil Khalaf Aug 31 '17 at 16:36
  • @KyleKhalaf I don't know, I don't get involved with any of that stuff. I was just a programmer, right now it'd only be an assumption at this point. – BIW Aug 31 '17 at 16:37
  • In the UK, isn't there a labor board or worker's rights piece of the governement? If you can sic the authorities on him...do it. – DLS3141 Aug 31 '17 at 16:49
  • Sod the job. If you do not have a job to go to then go to the job centre and start claiming benefits. At least you get some money to cover bills, help with rent and council tax. Even if it is for a few weeks – Ed Heal Aug 31 '17 at 17:00
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    @KyleKhalaf I very much agree with Joe, going back to work there makes absolutely no sense. The OP left this job for a reason, and surely that situation has not improved now that none of the employees are being paid. – Nuclear Wang Aug 31 '17 at 17:36
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There are two possibilities here:

  • The company is in severe financial difficulties and truly doesn't have enough money to cover its liabilities - i.e. it's bankrupt. In that case, you're a creditor and will have to wait for the legal process like anyone else the company owes money to. But don't expect to get anything really.
  • Your boss is not paying you because he thinks he can get away with it. If so, start with a strongly worded letter to the company's registered address demanding payment immediately or you will take legal action.
  • +1 for the written letter. However, I would suggest OP to go back to their job until they find a new job. their boss did not fire them, and as this answer states: The company might be in a financial troubles for real at the moment, hence why there is a chance to get paid later. Better than just going home. – Khalil Khalaf Aug 31 '17 at 16:40
  • @KyleKhalaf I left my job for a new job, i'll be starting in two weeks. That money was supposed to cover bills and relocation fees. – BIW Aug 31 '17 at 16:42
  • Send the letter using recorded delivery – Ed Heal Aug 31 '17 at 17:12
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    @KyleKhalaf I am sorry, but your comments make no logic sense to most. The OP has a new job, but even if they did not, how on Earth would it make sense to go back to a job they quit, which is not paying them, may never pay them, and work for free rather than using that time to find a new position? Hurt themselves and their own efforts to help someone who is in breach of contract? Bad approach. – dlb Aug 31 '17 at 17:28
  • @PhilipKendall - Would a grievance letter count? or would I need to still be employed by the company for that? – BIW Sep 1 '17 at 10:10

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