nomoney.jpgUPDATE: ICM assures me that none of the support personnel will get screwed out of a week’s pay. “We have remedies which we’re communicating on a one-to-one basis so that our people aren’t financially affected by this, ” I was told just now. (No emails, because they go straight to websites like mine.) The agency wants it to be known that it’s not engaging in strike-timed “war profiteering”; rather, it says this is a company-wide payroll policy change that was originally planned for January but then moved up to November because of the WGA walkout. “We used to pay people a week in advance, and now we’ll be paying people a week in arrears which is the norm. It’s a shift in timing that makes more sense. Our goal is to protect our company and the people who make up the company.”  Hmm. Meanwhile, I just heard ICM will have a security guard make sure no one stays past 7:30 pm and incurs overtime.

Previous: I’m told a major tenpercentery’s Human Resources dept — aw, to hell with that anonymity, it’s ICM — has informed all employees, including agents, that the company would be “withholding” a week of everyone’s pay. Assistants especially were in an uproar over this because “we get paid little enough as it is. icmnewlogo.jpgAgents make enough money to deal with this, but most assistants live paycheck to paycheck.” On Wednesday, HR said this by way of a “Payroll Notification” explanation: “On Friday, November 16th, all employees will receive a paycheck that reflects one week’s pay, as opposed to the usual two.  This is not a salary reduction.  It is simply a change in the timing of when we pay our employees. We had planned to implement this change to a more customary payroll schedule at the end of December, but with a potential strike on the horizon, implementing this payroll change immediately provides the agency with more financial flexibility. We know that, for some of you, this may cause some short-term financial challenges, and we wanted to give you as much notice as possible. ” So if the assistants answering ICM phones sound cranky today, you know the reason…