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My New Employer

April 15th, 2018 at 07:53 am

I am kind of working my way backwards through these posts, as I get everyone up to speed. This one is very SA relevant. I still want to go back and give more details on my job upheaval, but at this point I'd rather fill you in on what is going on in the here and now. When I have more time I can work backwards and fill you in.

The short version: Employer was ill: couldn't work, sold business.

I think new employer is honestly trying to be helpful by not telling us anything. They have hired on old employer for 2 years(?) which is just making everything more awkward because he has completely checked out. So is creating a vacuum of no leadership or communication. I touched on this in my last post about how unbearable this all is. But I really and truly think the situation is unique and awkward and that the new employer thinks that they are being helpful.

On the other hand, first impressions have been pretty dismal. & really, is it ever not awkward? It's got to be awkward to keep working as someone else takes over your *baby*. So, I don't know.

I honestly had no idea who was going to write my paycheck on April 1. We knew NOTHING except were told at some point (mid March) that the sale had gone through.

I'd say that around April 5 we were given HR paperwork and it came up that old employer needs to pay out PTO (which they have yet to do) through February 1. February 1 was when they decided to sell the business to this company.

This is the point when I was given direct contact with new employer. Since I have a million questions, I wouldn't even know where to begin. I am frustrated they couldn't even give us a single HR type handout?? I don't understand. They know we are busy and don't want to bother us. But this doesn't mean they can't communicate in some non time-intrusive way. So anyway, when given direct contact, and being told my PTO started with them February 1, I thought at the LEAST I wanted to know what my compensation was at the moment and how much PTO I was earning for the prior 2 months. My "new boss" (for lack of a better idea what to call her) told me that they use our hire dates with old employer and that I was accruing 4 weeks of vacation. She actually sent this e-mail to me on my worst day when I completely checked out. At first I thought, "Holy crap!" Was not expecting that. I had 3 weeks time off before, because have been here forever. But later I realized that had to include sick pay and wasn't that exciting in the end. But, will admit was better than I expected. Which is some of my feeling endlessly conflicted. Every time I am ready to quit, then I'll get some good news like this.

Anyway, this is the perfect example of our communication issues. I just want to know WTH I am being paid and compensated. But since getting all this info, I Decided to take a week off in May. I just need it for my sanity. She did tell us we can take unpaid time off for already planned vacations, and because we are getting our old PTO paid out. Which is why my other co-worker is super excited. She was part-time for 10 of 15 years and only has 2 weeks vacation, and she would gladly take unpaid off. So she is super stoked at the minute. She maybe had like 4 or 5 weeks of vacations planned this year. So she has something planned in a couple of weeks and wanted to make sure it was approved through proper channels. So she also asked about it and received info about the PTO process. Then our awesome admin asked (also trying to plan a trip) and she was given the full PTO/sick policy. This PTO is in addition to sick pay. I was not expecting that!

So we all three pretty much asked the same thing and got 3 different answers. & why on earth would you send an entire policy to one employee without giving it to everyone?

But yeah, you have to understand we haven't had a single day off since January 1. So, that is why we all have pressing PTO concerns. For me, it was more of a compensation question. I guess there are multiple reasons.

Old boss has yet to pay out PTO, and I've been too busy to even remember about that. But Monday (4/16) is our old payday and I expect we will probably be paid at that time. I did decide to take a week off in May, unpaid. I just need it for my sanity. I think I made that decision before realizing that I also get sick pay, but whatever. When I almost applied for that job last week I was kind of bummed if I got it I didn't see any way I could take any time off in between. So this is kind of my "unpaid week off in case I don't end up with any unpaid time off between jobs." In addition to just being generally long overdue for a break. & I will get the check to cover it (I am due about 40 hours of PTO from old employer).

We were also told at that time that the new employer pays the 22nd and the 7th of every month, or one week later than usual. So I otherwise won't get paid Monday. How do I feel about this? *shrugs* I am just thankful that they don't pay every two weeks. I don't think my accounting brain could handle reconciling being paid bi-weekly with all the monthly bills. It would drive me INSANE. So I am good and fine and happy.

I was planning to transfer about $5,000 into savings on Monday, the result of all this cash hoarding. In the end, I think this probably works out better for me (for the long run). I pay all my bills around the first of the month, which is usually when I get paid. Anyway, I used my 4/1 paycheck to pay bills and my plan is to use the 4/22 paycheck to pay my 5/1 bills. Then I will do all savings transfers with the 5/7 paycheck. Switching that around, and not being paid for an entire week, puts me a bit behind on my cash hoarding schedule. But, in the grand scheme of things this doesn't affect us whatsoever.

{In addition to that, I pay all my bills more when I get them than when they are due, so I would have a large buffer and could delay paying all these bills for 2-3 weeks if need be. I mostly charge everything and like to pay the cards off the first of the month so that we literally start each new month with no debt. I decided at some point to do this versus putting more cash in our emergency fund. I presume this is largely playing into my *shrugs* feeling about all of this. Essentially saving my second paycheck every month is also a lot of it. The combo of the two means I am not sweating any of this in the slightest. I also pay my mortgage one month ahead, for the same reason. It's all a built-in buffer for when life happens. This is a 4-6 week "emergency fund" in itself.}

This is a bigger company and so I was sure we would get direct deposit. WRONG! That is one thing I am disappointed about.

I am guessing we will receive some more communication before the end of April.

There was a class (one day seminar) I wanted to take in May. I have no idea if the class will be reimbursed, or I will be paid for the time out of the office. It's stuff like this I still know nothing about. I will take the class regardless.

3 Responses to “My New Employer”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    I am very sorry about all the stress you must be feeling. Hang in there; it has to get better!

  2. rob62521 Says:

    Oh, my! This is not good. Hope things improve!

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    Wow, it is stressful just reading about all this stuff. I hope it evens out for you soon.

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