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I have begun work as a consultant under the employ of what I

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I have begun work as a consultant under the employ of what I shall term Company A, performing work on a contract for Company B. My official start date was July 5th. The arrangement with Company A was to be paid weekly in arrears on Fridays, so my first paycheck would have arrived on Friday, July 15th.
However, Company B had some internal paperwork processing delays which delayed my official start date until Monday, 7/11, even though I had already been performing work. They updated the agreement to have my first paycheck on Friday, 7/22 including payment for the work I had performed until then. Now Company B has delayed again pushing my official start date to today, 7/18. This is making it uncomfortable financially for me, and I am hesitant to continue working until they can actually confirm there won't be any more administrative delays.
Is there any benefit to refusing to work until they officially get everything sorted out? What are some wise courses of action to preserve the relationships without being taken advantage of?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  Alex Esquire replied 1 year ago.

Hello. My name is ***** *****

Thank you for your question.

I will be happy to provide you the information you are seeking for educational purposes only.

Do you have an employment / consulting agreement and are you considered an employee of company A or an independent contractor?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi Alex,Yes, I have attached a copy of my employment agreement. I am an employee of Company A, working as a consultant for Company B.Please let me know if you need anything else!Thanks!Tristan
Expert:  Alex Esquire replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for your follow up.

I cannot review any actual legal documents for customers, as such review can only be done by your local attorney.

So, please let me know if you can describe the terms of your contract in your own words and if not, I will opt-out of your question at no charge to you.

Thank you.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Sure thing, I can describe the terms of my contract in my own words:(1) I will be paid $76/hr and submit timesheets weekly and submit expense reports weekly for any employment related expenses.
(2) Virginia is an at-will employment state, and obviously I'm bound to those terms.
(3) I am bound to Company B's work hours.
(4) I'll abide by Company A's employment policies (anti-harassment, NDA, etc.).
(5) I'll return all work property (laptop, bag, etc.) at the end of my employment.
(6) Contract is a 6 month contract to hire opportunity, at the end of which Company B has the option to hire me full time.
(7) Start date was Tuesday, 7/5. Payment would be weekly in arrears to be paid out on Fridays. First pay date is Friday, 7/15.
Expert:  Alex Esquire replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for your follow up.

Do I also understand correctly that Company A would compensate you with a paycheck, from which all the appropriate taxes would be deducted by the Company A?