Tuesday , August 21 2018

Salary Issue

My HR has sent me the following: From the below taken, paid leave, you had received 17 working days in August 2015 before you left, so, the remaining days to complete your monthly salary of August 2015 is only 9 days. Thus, you have received all your August 2015 salary like the other employees. Leave: from 12/07/15 to 19/08/15

Note: I rejoined on Aug 20, 2015 Earlier the following was my note: “I rejoined my work on Aug 20, 2015 and company paid me for 9 days, where as the total working days should be 10, excluding Fridays”.

To this the company had replied: Kindly note that this month is 27 business days and our salaries are divided over 26 days so I believe you have received your monthly salary in complete.” My belief is that following should be the calculation: Total Salary/26 = 1 day salary – I worked for 10 days, so the calculation should be 10 day x total salary/26.

Please clarify.

Name withheld
Answer: We answered this question very recently but just in case you did not see the Arab Times on that day the answer is reproduced below for your information and the other readers. “Both you and the company are wrong. First of all you are entitled to 26 working days salary in a month when the number of working days are only 26. But you are entitled to 27 days salary if the working days in a particular month are 27. Although, in the end both the calculations work out to be the same.

Confused … well, don’t be as we will explain through easy example. Suppose your salary is KD 500, then your daily salary works out to be KD 19.231. But if there are 27 working days in the month then your daily salary happens to be KD 18.519. In the end you will find out that you get KD 500 per month in both situations.

This is your salary and you can’t get more than this amount regardless of whether there are 26 or 27 days in a month. Your company is wrong in its calculations because if suppose you had been absent for one working day — in a 27-day month — and it based its calculations on a 26-day month then it would end paying the whole salary although one day’s salary needs to be deducted. Otherwise, in such a case an employee who attends work on only 26 days would be getting his full salary as would an employee who works the whole 27 days.

So, while the company is calculating wrong, you still ended up getting your full dues so there nothing that you can claim.

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