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Talk to your boss. This isn't a 'petty' issue - not being paid on time is breach of contract. I see two scenarios here; either the HR person isn't organized at all (and why is HR handling Payroll? That should be Accounts) - or, the company has cashflow issues and he's under orders to delay payments as long as possible. In either case, a chat with your boss ...


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Don’t spend the money. You should put it aside for when you are asked for the money back. Inform the company that they are still paying you. A registered letter to their company address will be fine. Don’t offer anything. It’s their mess, they can clean it up. If they paid for health insurance, pension etc. That’s their problem to get the money back. ...


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Just start with whatever you use for general informal communications with your boss (instant messaging, text messaging, whatever) and just say: Hi Boss. My August salary doesn't seem to have made it into my bank account yet - could you check on this? Thanks! I'd be pretty sure you'd then get a response which is either "Aaargh. Sorry. Slipped my mind. I'...


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Go see a lawyer. My employer has informed me that this was a mistake (they won't communicate it in writing) As a general rule, when companies have the force of law on their side (and even when they don't) they send demands in writing. When they don't, it is usually because they are doing something they don't want someone to see. Who that someone maybe ...


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I've been working for a small company (about 10 FTE, and a bunch of contractors). When I started about 7 years ago, our payroll was also a mess. It was being done by an accountant who had little understanding of payroll tax law. The company wasn't withholding state income taxes (the employees based in the US were on their own to pay quarterly estimated taxes)...


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This is a scam. I'd do a little research on that bank/credit union, too. Directing you to a specific bank seems fishy. To do ACH payments, your employer needs the bank's ROUTING number, and your account number. No one EVER needs your PIN. PIN sands for PERSONAL identification number. Keep it personal.


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I suggest you go to him on Friday morning, when your work starts, so the time you spend waiting comes out of your working time. And you wait until you have your check. Probably good to call your direct manager if it takes more than five minutes, so he is informed about what is going on. It is illegal not to pay you in time. So if he starts printing a ...


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Don't spend the money. In many jurisdictions, employers have the legal right to ask for any overpaid money to be given back. Keep the money they have paid you to one side. Do keep trying to contact them. Skip HR and escalate it up the chain if you have to If you have the contact details for your old manager (assuming they still work there), that would be ...


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Actually, that's something that your Human Resources or Payroll department should handle. I'd go to them and tell them what happened and ask them to figure it out because taxes and other deductions will have to be accounted for as well. Calculating the taxes is their responsibility and they'll have no problem figuring that out for you. You could do it ...


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Expect it to be clawed back at any time. Stop using the account. Whichever account this money is arriving into, stop using it and open another checking account. At the same bank is fine. If you use checks, get new checks. Leave in the account exactly the amount you were overpaid, plus $100. Let the money sit there, and continue to pile up as they ...


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Should I sue them to get my rights? What are my options? Well, ultimately that is up to you to decide - we cannot tell you what to do. However, as you describe it, it seems you have exhausted all other options. In general, not paying promptly (no matter whether it's salaries or open bills) is a huge red flag for a company. It usually means the company is ...


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Your work contract should not only include how much your salary is, but also when it's due. Keeping in mind that money transfers can take up to 3 days, it's appropriate to check in with your boss 3 - 5 days after the salary was due. You don't need to give any reasons for asking where the money is, it's part of your contract and should be transferred ...


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How should I proceed? Politely decline their offer and continue to search for a new company to work for. If the reason for requiring you to switch banks is true, this is indicative of a whole department (arguably the most important for any employee) that doesn't seem to know what they're doing. Definitely not a company worth working for.


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If not a scam: They might have balanced the books over the past few years and their accountant got very angry about a pay discrepancy of $2,23 over 2018. So they decided to correct that discrepancy and someone built a neat excel sheet to calculate the amounts everyone should get. So you got your fair part out of all 12.536 employees. The CEO might have ...


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Talk to your boss and give it a little time. If necessary, talk to his boss and give it a little time. If that doesn't work, update your resume. If you're in the US, you can report it to your local Employment Security Association (or whatever it is called in your state/county) and they will do something about it. In my state if you can prove that is ...


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The simplest way to avoid "having to pay the money back" is never to receive it. I assume the payments are electronic transfers, since if they were posting you physical cheques all you have to do is not cash them. Rather than opening a new account with your bank and getting the payments transferred, just request your bank to block them. Eventually the ...


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Well, what you describe is a very strong red flag. An incompetent, unorganised person will have problems like you describe now and then, maybe 50% times or even more but not always. What you describe is a strong suggestion that the payment delay is deliberate. For all developed countries I know this is a breach of labour laws that if exposed/discovered can ...


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Most likely a scam, especially if the company is online based. I'd review up to this point how you got the job. Did you go for an interview? Were you hired on the spot? Were all your paperwork done via email/telephone? This scam is common. A fake company has you do what seems like work, then they "pay" you with a check with very specific instructions like ...


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The situation in the UK with regard to deductions for mistakes is somewhat complicated. Here is a page that discusses the legalities of it and another page by ACAS. What is certain is three things: They cannot reduce your wages below minimum wages for any reason They cannot deduct more than 10% of your wages for mistakes (though they can deduct 10% ...


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I don't know anything about the company. But if they don't pay any salaries for 4 months, then they are very likely bankrupt. That means you could sue them for the outstanding payments, but you can't press water from a rock. When they simply don't have any money left, then there is nothing for you to take. Even when you have a court decision saying they ...


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Personally, I would not agree to do so. I do not work in the modeling industry, but this request is definitely not normal in any industry I'm familiar with. I would propose that I verify the payment for them instead of giving them access to a bank account in my name. Edit: To be completely clear, I would have no problems with giving them the account number.


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tl;dr: You should repay the money as soon as possible. You could still try to spin things as a misunderstanding, but that will become a harder sell with each passing day. The harms could go beyond 150 pounds-- perhaps you develop a reputation for dishonesty, making it harder to get future jobs. Or you end up with a criminal record, plus court costs. If ...


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The reason this is such a headache is because it's not that they haven't paid you but that they have stopped you an incorrect amount of tax. They can't just transfer you the £300 and call it quits because from the point of view of HMRC (I'm assuming you are in the UK with your use of £) that would be an additional payment to you..which would in of itself be ...


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If this was a one-time job then there is a good chance that this is a scam. They gave you three checks. When you send cash back, you’ll find that shortly afterwards all three checks bounce. It’s also possibly a rogue employee. The company pays three checks, you pay cash back and the rogue employee puts it in his pocket. Paying by check and asking for cash ...


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How do I approach my boss again regarding this? Wait until pay day. Check to see if the money has been transferred to your account. If not, talk to your boss. "Boss. I think you forgot to transfer my pay again." Mention it each day that your pay doesn't appear in your account. Repeat until he gets the hint and does it automatically, or he doesn't get the ...


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I am not a lawyer, but I can't imagine you would be held responsible for anything other than repayment of the amount not owed to you. What happens is entirely dependent on your company. I suppose they could tell you to keep it, but that seems unlikely. Worst-case scenario is they will deduct the entire amount from your paycheck until repaid. More likely, ...


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Never give your pin to anyone. Ring the bank and check, they will tell you the same, in fact you can lose any protection the bank offers if they discover you gave the pin out. For some who don't seem to get it: Ring any bank you like and ask them if you should, or should not, divulge your PIN... Any bank will tell you no, try Bank of America, JPMorgan ...


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Should I sue them from officials to get my rights? Yes, twenty times over. I don't know the process for your country, so you will have to find out, but as an employee - not contractor, there usually is some government body you can turn into for help rather than going directly to court. So have a deep session with google and see if you can find something ...


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I agree with other answers to not spend it. As for screwing up your taxes and plans, you should put in your formal claim letter that accounting charges (hiring a professional accountant, transfert fees, ...) will be deduced from the money they sent you before returning it, as it was not your fault.


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