Dilbert on Maternity Leave
I have a perfect use for the BIC pens “For Her”, as promoted by Ellen DeGeneres: my employer should hand them out to new moms, so moms could use them to figure out their pay while on leave. One might think a company with almost 10,000 employees could figure out maternity pay. But I’m certain Dilbert’s co-workers administered my maternity leave.
Let’s count how many times my employer got it wrong for me, noting I’m not the only employee who’s had problems. M is my employer; L is the subcontractor responsible for administering leaves of absence.
- M’s payroll started my maternity leave payments one week late. They didn’t tell me. They didn’t tell L. They didn’t even tell M’s human resources.
- When my maternity payments should have ended, California asked me about my pay status. I wasn’t sure because M hadn’t sent me pay stubs in a long time, so I asked.
- M’s payroll claimed couldn’t tell me because I was on leave. They said to as human resources.
- M’s human resources told me, but they told me the wrong thing: They told me what I would be getting paid if I were working full time, which I wasn’t. They said to check with the subcontractor L.
- L’s rep referred me to a different rep at L, adding days of delay.
- The second L rep told me what M was instructed to pay me, but didn’t know what payroll had actually paid. They said to check with payroll.
My inquiries had come full circle.
- Then I got email from the admin for M’s vice president of human resources. Great! M wanted to fix things! I explained my problems, including how no single person seemed to understand the whole process. They audited my pay… and concluded that I had been overpaid, since I received one week of maternity pay after it should have ended. They didn’t notice I had been paid the correct amount, just a week late. So M docked me.
- But M docked me at my post-raise pay scale, not the pre-raise pay scale used to calculate my maternity pay. Not yet realizing what was going on, I asked why the numbers didn’t match up.
- M never explained, but on the next pay period, they paid me for an extra week thus (correctly) undoing the results of their previous audit.
- Along the way, M also paid me a day of holiday pay, and deducted it the following pay period. Again, no explanation.
Finally, I put the pieces together. On my own time. If there’s a next time, M should get me a pen.
This post is duplicated on my old blog.