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25 September 2011 @ 03:18 am
Shooting Myself  
Sooooooo in the big pre "are we or aren't we going under" confusion that went on a few months back (oh how I laughed at those who had any doubt or held out hope) I screwed up royally by not putting my last offically paycheck that was actually FROM Borders in the bank (long story short I had a relative that died and in the ensuing chaos it got lost in the shuffle - partner takes care of a lot of things for me so I was ok) so now I have an uncut check on my hands. 

So how about it folks? Am I completely screwed? I did put in those hours so it would be nice to actually get my pay for them. Is there still a number I can call or is my ass gone?
(Anonymous) on September 25th, 2011 10:22 am (UTC)
I'm not sure what the number for pay dept is, but it does seem like you should be legally entitled to your pay. I don't think you're without a paddle yet, but I do think it'll be hard for you to claim that cash.
(Anonymous) on September 25th, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC)
You may have to go thru the courts and get in line with the other creditors who are owed money by them.
(Anonymous) on September 25th, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC)
I don't understand fully. Do you mean you still have the paper check and believe it won't be honored because the company has liquidated? Or that you never received the paper check at all?
(Anonymous) on September 25th, 2011 10:11 pm (UTC)
No, it's over the 90 days limit. It's now void, hence - uncut.
(Anonymous) on September 26th, 2011 12:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, got it. I was unfamiliar with the term "uncut" with respect to checks.
(Anonymous) on September 25th, 2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
Call HR, there are still people there. Before we closed there was a notice saying to call them with paycheck issues.
(Anonymous) on September 25th, 2011 10:10 pm (UTC)
You wouldn't happen to know the number would you?
(Anonymous) on September 28th, 2011 05:26 pm (UTC)
Paycheck problems
If you experience any issues regarding your paycheck,
please contact (800) 331-9036 and the Human Resources department will help you resolve the issue.
ron_newman on September 25th, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC)
Often banks don't look at those "void after 90 days" notes, so you may want to try depositing it anyway (maybe through an ATM instead of a human teller)
thecandybutcher on September 25th, 2011 11:32 pm (UTC)
I was told if I attempted it by my bank that not only would they refuse the check but they would charge me 25 bucks. :(
(Anonymous) on September 26th, 2011 02:02 am (UTC)
Black Sharpie
*Neatly* draw a line through that void after 90 days statement with a black Sharpie so it completely can't be read, then deposit it. Seriously. If there is still money in the Borders account, it will clear. If there isn't, you might get charged a fee from your bank. But then you have a claim against the Borders bankruptcy estate, which may be worth something.

I wouldn't give up a week's pay because of a throwaway line on a check, especially one that can be deleted. Did your employment agreement or manual tell you you had to cash their paychecks within 90 days? I doubt it, so the fact that they put it on there doesn't mean a thing. What if it had said "Void after 1 week"--would that be valid? How about "Void after 1 day"?

Cross it out and cash it! Or deposit it into an ATM.
(Anonymous) on September 27th, 2011 07:00 am (UTC)
best wishes and info
Payroll contact # 800.331.9036. Or email bordershumanresources@bordersgroupinc.com and include name, 8 digit id # found at top of paystub, and what problem is. Would include pay period ending date. They can research, stop payment, and send you a new check via us mail. This site is supposed to remain staffed through end of year, to process w-2's, address changes, etc. You're welcome --- a former ops supervisor, hoping you aren't one of my people.