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    Hi, My contract got terminated days before the start of furlough (3 weeks),
    Now client refusing to pay full notice period (4 weeks), and only offering to pay for 1 week.
    Is this legally correct or can i contest this ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmg2g View Post
    Hi, My contract got terminated days before the start of furlough (3 weeks),
    Now client refusing to pay full notice period (4 weeks), and only offering to pay for 1 week.
    Is this legally correct or can i contest this ?

    Thanks.
    You get paid based on signed timesheets, so if you have 3 weeks without signed timesheets, that's 3 weeks without pay. Quite good of them to offer you 1 week of work just to keep things right.

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    And here we go with the 'legal' thing again. Because companies that actually understand what they are doing often do things illegally...

    In your contract it says you get paid per days work done and that payment will be given upon receipt of a signed timesheet. No work done or no timesheet is no pay. We do not get paid notice period if we didn't work it. It's all there in your contract so I suggest you start reading it and understanding it.

    If they are giving you a week for doing nothing then snap their hand off and feel very lucky. Pretty rare for that to happen and they certainly don't need to do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by northernladuk View Post
    If they are giving you a week for doing nothing then snap their hand off and feel very lucky. Pretty rare for that to happen and they certainly don't need to do it.
    I was once given 4 weeks notice that my contract was ending early, due to the project being canned for funding reasons. I didn't let on that they didn't need to do that and I spent most of my remaining time there updating my CV and searching for my next contract. It was a pity they didn't have a very good work-from-home policy (or infrastructure to support it)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paralytic View Post
    I was once given 4 weeks notice that my contract was ending early, due to the project being canned for funding reasons. I didn't let on that they didn't need to do that and I spent most of my remaining time there updating my CV and searching for my next contract.
    My favourite story of that type was the end client who asked the agency to give me notice thinking I was on 4 weeks notice and not 2. The agency served notice and the following day I just asked who was responsible for go live as I wouldn't be there.

    Cue mass panic as everyone tried to keep me there for the final two weeks...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paralytic View Post
    I was once given 4 weeks notice that my contract was ending early, due to the project being canned for funding reasons. I didn't let on that they didn't need to do that and I spent most of my remaining time there updating my CV and searching for my next contract. It was a pity they didn't have a very good work-from-home policy (or infrastructure to support it)
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    Quote Originally Posted by wattaj View Post
    Same.
    At RBS (2015 ish) they canned our project on 23rd of December, but RBS decided it was bad show and paid us all 22days additional money to leave that day

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    Quote Originally Posted by northernladuk View Post
    And here we go with the 'legal' thing again. Because companies that actually understand what they are doing often do things illegally...

    In your contract it says you get paid per days work done and that payment will be given upon receipt of a signed timesheet. No work done or no timesheet is no pay. We do not get paid notice period if we didn't work it. It's all there in your contract so I suggest you start reading it and understanding it.

    If they are giving you a week for doing nothing then snap their hand off and feel very lucky. Pretty rare for that to happen and they certainly don't need to do it.
    I totally understand where you are coming from, However i signed a 6 months contract and if the client decides to cut short the contract then they have to pay the 4 wks notice period or let me work that period, but since it fall into furlough they instead pay me for the last one week, i just feel its wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GhostofTarbera View Post
    At RBS (2015 ish) they canned our project on 23rd of December, but RBS decided it was bad show and paid us all 22days additional money to leave that day

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmg2g View Post
    ... i signed a 6 months contract and if the client decides to cut short the contract then they have to pay the 4 wks notice period or let me work that period,...
    That bit I've emboldened? Yeah - that's where you're wrong. They don't have to pay you and they don't have to "let you work that period". You are not an employee. There is no mutuality of obligation. If they don't want you to work, you don't get paid. End of story.

    That's right. Notice periods for contractors are of no worth whatsoever.

    On those occasions where people have been paid some or all of their notice, it's because due to client/agency making an error (not understanding the law applying to contracts for services), or because it's cheaper to cough up than risk a court case.


    Note: the above is based upon usual terms found in contracting contracts. You may have a very special snowflake contract, but if it does force the client to pay notice, then it will mean you are certainly IR35 caught.
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