Friday, May 18, 2007

payday changed??

We, the foreign English teachers, only just found out today that our payday has been changed from the 15th of the month to the 25th of the month. This is annoying insofar as it means I now have to re-figure my budget: I send money to the States every month, and certain bills come due on certain dates. For over two years, the process of transferring money to my US account the day after payday has gone relatively smoothly.

Even more vexing is the fact that, by moving the pay date ten days forward, there's a chance I'll be cheated out of eight days' pay this month.* We're planning on speaking to the boss about this on Monday. As you might imagine, we're not happy campers.

The change was known for 2-3 months by elements across campus from us; we weren't informed of anything here.

I'm hoping this won't be a big deal. Rearranging bill payments is simply a fact of life; sometimes you have to roll with the vagaries of the bureaucracy (the paydate change was campus-wide). My main concern is the two weeks' pay. If the direct deposit of my salary this month and next month are for exactly the same amount, I'm going to be sorely pissed off.

*We were being paid on the 15th of every month. That's a salary of X won approximately every 4.5 weeks. In principle, had my pay been on the 15th this month, I would have received my normal salary of X. But if the payday has been moved forward 10 days, I would expect my pay to be X + 8 business days (i.e., 10 calendar days) this month only. That's what I'm hoping to receive come the 25th. Then in June, I should be back to receiving the normal salary of X, as paydays will henceforth cover a one-month period from the 25th to the 25th. Follow?



broomhilda said...

Well that sucks! i do hope that you don't get cheated out of money. I know very well what it is like to have to budget with a monthly payment (mine is on the 3rd of the month).

The only thing I can say is what is ment to be, will be.

BTW, I love your blog!

ZenKimchi said...

Make sure they compensate you for those ten days. That's one of the issues in my lawsuit against (insert former evil hagwon here). They changed the date of pay and then based my last paycheck on that new pay day without coming to the logical conclusion that, "Hmm... he worked for twelve months. Shouldn't he get twelve months worth of pay at the end of those twelve months?"

Kevin Kim said...

Broomhilda, you rock!

ZenKimchi, thanks for the advice. I'll be on them like cat diarrhea on a shag rug.