Trial Day..got Job But No Pay For That Day??

Decorating By sweetcravings Updated 25 May 2014 , 10:10pm by celiazumbach

sweetcravings Posted 24 May 2014 , 8:33pm
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Just curious. I had a trial day at a new shop in town and I believed I did a really good job at what they were asking of me. I got the job but when i looked on pay stub, no pay for that day. What's up with that? Do I ask about it next time I go in or let it go? 

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enga Posted 24 May 2014 , 8:39pm
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No, I wouldn't ask. In the industry it's part of the hiring process, unfortunately no pay is involved :(.

 

Congrats on getting the job though ;-D

MimiFix Posted 24 May 2014 , 9:23pm
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It depends upon the company. When I interviewed at the Hyatt, they paid me. At my shop, the four hour onsite working interview was a paid work day.

Norasmom Posted 24 May 2014 , 9:33pm
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It won't hurt to ask, but based on the fact you had nothing on the pay stub, it sounds like it's unpaid.  Had they told you upfront you would be paid?

cakesbycathy Posted 24 May 2014 , 9:33pm
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Had you already signed paperwork for being hired prior to the trial day?  If not, then they probably consider it part of the interview process.

sweetcravings Posted 24 May 2014 , 9:53pm
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There was no mention of an unpaid 'trial' day when I went in for the job. I was just told come back midweek so that they could see how I would do and work with their staff. I worked a full 8hr shift with only a 10min break all day. Nothing of that day was reflected on my pay stub. I can see how they may not pay me if i didn't work out, but i got the job.  I would think it would be in good faith they would  pay me seeing that i clearly did my job, so much so that i was hired. But i'm not willing to make waves if this is something common in the industry.

bubs1stbirthday Posted 24 May 2014 , 10:48pm
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In Australia they legally have to pay you BUT many employees don't. If you got the job and are otherwise happy there I wouldn't rock the boat too hard. Maybe you could say something like, I was just wondering if I was meant to get paid for my trial day, if you really need the money. I have heard of people doing a whole week unpaid trial at a local fish and chip shop, I don't know how the bosses get away with that one though.

enga Posted 24 May 2014 , 11:08pm
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Originally Posted by sweetcravings 
 

There was no mention of an unpaid 'trial' day when I went in for the job. I was just told come back midweek so that they could see how I would do and work with their staff. I worked a full 8hr shift with only a 10min break all day. Nothing of that day was reflected on my pay stub. I can see how they may not pay me if i didn't work out, but i got the job.  I would think it would be in good faith they would  pay me seeing that i clearly did my job, so much so that i was hired. But i'm not willing to make waves if this is something common in the industry.

After reading your second reply, by all means,YES you should be paid. I have went on job interviews and had to ice and decorate a cake or work in the kitchen with the Chef and staff for a few hours to see how things worked out but 8 hours, heck no! I have never heard of working a whole shift for an interview. If it was a trail job then they should have let you know that you were not going to be paid for it so you could decide if the position was worth it.

 

I would definitely ask to be compensated for my hard work. I really hope that it was just a error on your pay check and that everything works out for you.

Kimdarella Posted 25 May 2014 , 12:57am
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In Australia it is very common, my first job out of pastry chef school I worked what was (I thought) a days trail with no pay, turned out it was a full week without pay, even though this is illegal and an out and out abuse of employees it goes on largely without complaint due to people needed the work, or in my case the 'in industry'

 experience.  Whilst it sucked to be ripped off a weeks pay, I gained a job and a start within industry that really kicked off my career.

 

I sucked it up, but if you feel aggrieved you should mention it, otherwise write it off as a valuable experience and ensure you know exactly where you stand with your next trail (as I did!!!!)

810whitechoc Posted 25 May 2014 , 4:20am
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I'm in Australia and have hired and fired many people over the years, we ALWAYS pay for trial hours whether they get the job or not.  As bubs1stbirthday pointed out it is illegal not to.  I do remember one of our current staff members was not paid for her trial day and came and asked me about it, it was simply an oversight and she was immediately paid the shortfall.  Go and ask you never know.

FromScratchSF Posted 25 May 2014 , 4:50am
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Its called a stage and yes it's legal and common.  I require 1-2 days, no pay.

celiazumbach Posted 25 May 2014 , 10:10pm
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AI am also in Australia and like 810whitechoc have hired and fired many people. I would have a day for interviews, have a short list, bring in the 3 short listed people for 3 hours each at separate times. This was unpaid. The 6 hour trial day I paid a courteousy cash payment at the end of the day but not a ful wage as my decision was still to be made. If they were hopeless they were sent home after 3 hours with no pay and no job. It is entirely up to the employer, however I was always open and honest about my policies.

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