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06 August 2011 @ 01:21 am
This Borders Employee Did NOT Get Paid  

Don't know if this has happened to any other Borders employees, but I did not get paid last Friday (July 29). My last work date was July 12 and it was suppose to be my final paycheck, but it never showed up at the store or my house. I confirmed the store turned in my hours.  I've contacted Borders HR several times through different avenues, and nothing has happened. I can't even get them to return my phone calls any more. Has this happened to any other current or former Borders employees? What recourse do I have if Borders refuses to pay me? And maybe this is a warning to other Borders employees - maybe you shouldn't make any firm plans for that final paycheck, because they may screw you like they apparently have me.

(Anonymous) on August 6th, 2011 05:44 am (UTC)
The Kronos system records every punch you make on the clock and connects it to your employee number, so if you were supposed to be paid for a period and weren't sent a check within the first week after store closure, call the payroll department immediately. HR is basically non-existent and they won't help you. If you need the number, go on the web and find the main Borders number or just call another Borders that's still open and ask to talk to the GM. If you get the brush off from the payroll office, you have every right to pursue legal recourse. I'm sure it'll all work out for you, just hang in there :-)
(Anonymous) on August 6th, 2011 06:34 am (UTC)
I don't know if this is still the current Payroll number, since I haven't had to call them for a few months but the number I have is 1-800-331-9036.
(Anonymous) on August 6th, 2011 06:45 am (UTC)
unless your bsr
BSR stores don’t punch in the same way as at bss so that could explain the error, if your bsr.

THAT OR Your scumbag lying liquidator
(Anonymous) on August 6th, 2011 12:51 pm (UTC)
Re: unless your bsr
If the last work date was July 12, the OP's hours would have absolutely nothing to do with the liquidators, as they didn't show up on scene until 10 days later.
Re: unless your bsr - nimblepunishmnt on August 7th, 2011 02:35 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: unless your bsr - (Anonymous) on August 8th, 2011 01:42 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(Anonymous) on August 6th, 2011 07:54 am (UTC)
Yep, we did screw you. This is going to be quite the lucrative year for me, I both screwed the ex-borders employees out of their payment and I don't have to pay any taxes at all on the millions of dollars I make thanks to the Tea Party. Now I'm off to vacation at a resort with my other CEO friends, and as for you, you're off to work for peanuts at another corporation making yet another CEO rich.

Liquidation Company CEO
(Anonymous) on August 6th, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC)
stop preaching
Ok so you hate the tea party... stop preaching. No one is fooled into your political views make any diffrence here.

Hate the tea party on your own time jerk!
Re: stop preaching - (Anonymous) on August 6th, 2011 11:36 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: stop preaching - (Anonymous) on August 7th, 2011 03:42 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: stop preaching - (Anonymous) on August 8th, 2011 04:20 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: stop preaching - (Anonymous) on August 12th, 2011 12:40 am (UTC) (Expand)
(Anonymous) on August 6th, 2011 03:25 pm (UTC)
Why so angry?
I don't get the hostility toward the liquidator(s). They aren't the ones who created this mess and their bid was the only one at the end. They're just doing their job.

I know some liquidators are jerks, but many of them are decent people trying to help everyone get through this ghastly process as painlessly as possible.

(Anonymous) on August 8th, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)
Re: Why so angry?
they are ALL assholes who enjoy stomping on people's spirits, just as corporate did. don't play dumb. They didn't create the mess, they're just smearing it like shit all over our faces, that's all.
Not true - (Anonymous) on August 8th, 2011 05:18 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Not true - (Anonymous) on August 8th, 2011 06:11 am (UTC) (Expand)
Wow melodramatic much? - (Anonymous) on August 9th, 2011 04:00 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Wow melodramatic much? - (Anonymous) on August 10th, 2011 03:38 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Why so angry? - (Anonymous) on August 14th, 2011 12:04 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Why so angry? - (Anonymous) on August 15th, 2011 01:38 am (UTC) (Expand)
(Anonymous) on August 6th, 2011 03:30 pm (UTC)
As someone stated above, you don't call HR about this; you call Payroll. They're different departments.
(Anonymous) on August 6th, 2011 03:58 pm (UTC)
I lost my last day
When our store liquidated in April, my last day of work was a Sunday.
The next day I got a fedex with my last paycheck that included my hours through Saturday, not Sunday.
Not worth the bureaucratic effort to attempt to collect my additional 8 hrs@7.75 per hour. Just another example of how my work for Borders was valued by the powers that be.
Fortunately for me, Borders was just my fun job. My real job in IT for a non-profit both compensates me and values me. But even months later, I do miss my stores, co-workers and my customers (even the outrageous ones!).
(Anonymous) on August 6th, 2011 04:39 pm (UTC)
Now that we are working for the liquidators will we receive our checks as normal? i.e., on Friday and will there be direct deposits?
(Anonymous) on August 6th, 2011 09:09 pm (UTC)
That sucks, but to be fair, I quit about 2 weeks after Borders filed Chap. 11. Why anyone would stick around until the end and total annihilation and then expect money is beyond me.
(Anonymous) on August 7th, 2011 02:02 am (UTC)
It's great that that plan worked for you, but you're an idiot if you think this was an option for everyone.
nimblepunishmnt on August 6th, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
Has your store closed already? If not, would you even been sent a check? I would think that you would have to go pick it up at your store.
(Anonymous) on August 6th, 2011 11:54 pm (UTC)
When our store closed in April, we got our checks not in direct deposit, but sent to our houses.

The only problem was that no banks would take the checks because they were not signed at all.

It took our interim GM (who stayed the whole time and never got paid as a GM) and the CSC at the big store in the next town to get the monies to us as our DM deserted the store the minute our store made the list.

The DM wouldn't return our calls or emails.
(Anonymous) on August 7th, 2011 12:26 am (UTC)
ou Said: took our interim GM (who stayed the whole time and never got paid as a GM)

Sounds like your interm GM was screwed, they made that same "no extra pay" offer to our BSS ops manager when the GM left and she said no way. She was going to quit and then out of the blue the scumbag liqudator made a offer for full GM pay.

Don't settle less than full GM pay!
(no subject) - (Anonymous) on August 7th, 2011 12:28 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - (Anonymous) on August 7th, 2011 02:42 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(Anonymous) on August 7th, 2011 03:39 am (UTC)
When my store closed in April everyone got their last check without any problems, mailed to their address on file. Those with direct deposit still got direct deposit and the last "check" mailed to their house.

Your mileage may vary ...
(Anonymous) on August 7th, 2011 04:01 am (UTC)
let me try to help
I am a current GM and should be able to get a firm resolution from my current HR rep/payroll team. bporter@bordersstores.com. Email your details. Then we'll talk when I am at the store.

Honestly, I have not had any trouble getting my folks paid, this time or in the Spring.
(Anonymous) on August 7th, 2011 08:40 pm (UTC)
Re: let me try to help
Slightly off the subject, but do you ( or anyone else here) know how to access "theworknumber.com"? I know the company code, but after that I'm lost. What did Borders set up as our usernames and pin numbers?
Re: let me try to help - (Anonymous) on August 7th, 2011 10:51 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: let me try to help - (Anonymous) on August 7th, 2011 11:38 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: let me try to help - (Anonymous) on August 8th, 2011 06:13 am (UTC) (Expand)
(Anonymous) on August 7th, 2011 10:05 am (UTC)
Department of Labor
I don't know what state you are in, but if you are in California, it couldn't hurt to contact the Department of Labor. If your check has been wrongfully withheld, they may owe you pretty substantial fines once this is determined. I'm not sure if the rules are different during a liquidation, but in Cali, you are supposed to get your check within 24 hours of your resignation or being terminated. The company gets a little more time if you quit say,late on a weekend, but in general this is a forseeable circumstance and you should have gotten your money on time. And Kudos to that nice GM who has offered to help! Your attitude is one of the reasons I loved working at Borders for so many years!
(Anonymous) on August 8th, 2011 05:38 am (UTC)
Possibly it is your gm' fault
Our store has gotten paid like clockwork since the bankruptcy (except for the bouncing paychecks). Payroll is being sent the same way it has always been, as far as I know. Borders is legally bound to pay you all the monies you are owed.