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Should I pay builder for sick day?

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BoysRule Tue 18-Feb-14 17:58:02

Just after a quick bit of advice. We have a builder in our house at the moment who is on roughly a 5 week job (just as long as it takes to finish rather than a set time). We are paying him his daily rate plus materials. He is off sick today - do we pay him for it?

Hassled Tue 18-Feb-14 18:00:57

I'd say no - as in, you're under no obligation to. He's self-employed presumably.

JuanFernandezTitTyrant Tue 18-Feb-14 18:02:19

Absolutely not. Unfortunately this is one of the pitfalls of being self employed.

superram Tue 18-Feb-14 18:03:23

No, but presumably he will just finish the job one day later? The actual cost will be the same as no of days will stay the same.

MmeMorrible Tue 18-Feb-14 18:03:33

No, he's working for you on a time and materials basis - you only pay for the time he actually works.

milkysmum Tue 18-Feb-14 18:04:40

No definatley not

AlpacaLypse Tue 18-Feb-14 18:04:54

No. It's the downside of self employment. I don't expect to get paid for days I can't walk the client's dogs.

peggyundercrackers Tue 18-Feb-14 18:05:34

you should have got him to give you a price to finish the job rather than a daily rate - how do you know hes going to finish the job in a reasonable time rather than string it out and fleece you?

BoysRule Tue 18-Feb-14 18:27:12

Thanks everyone.
Peggyundercrackers - it's not an ideal situation but we had a set time to do the job before we moved in and didn't have time to get quotes etc. I trust him though - he came highly recommended.

2cats2many Tue 18-Feb-14 18:34:22

God no! And I speak as the wife of a builder. Totally uncalled for.

livingatheendofthewall Wed 19-Feb-14 14:31:44

No, definitely not. You're not his employer, he's self-employed so responsible for ensuring he works an extra day or extra hours over the duration of his contract with you to ensure completion.

LondonGirl83 Wed 19-Feb-14 16:39:47

No, you don't pay him for it. Also, if he goes over his time estimate, don't pay him without a reasonable explanation regarding unforseen events etc.

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