I have to PAY to work here? (Temps question)

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by GanChan, Apr 10, 2008.

  1. GanChan macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2005
    I am currently working a part-time temp job to earn extra money. The office where I'm working is really paranoid about security (I think they work with the government or the military in some capacity -- I never cared enough to ask). So now they're redoing their security badge system, and to register for the new badge required to get in and out of the facility, I have to provide proof of citizenship, in the form of a birth certificate or passport. A simple I-9 won't do it, nor will a Social Security number.

    somehow or other, I have gotten through several decades of life without having a copy of my birth certificate. I can get one for $22, which is about half of what I make in a typical part-time shift there.

    Am I wrong for thinking that if a temp agency's client requires said document from one of the agency's employees, that either the agency or the client should be willing to either pay for it or reimburse me for my payment?

    I'm afraid to bring it up with the powers that be, lest I sound like a whiner. But I feel like I'm being held up for $22, which to me right now is a not insignificant amount of dough.

    Should I just keep quiet about it and put it on a credit card or something?
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Nope, it's your obligation to keep your personal documents up to date.

    It would be a different story if they were asking you to pay for a proprietary ID card or for a drug test or something.

    But you are presumed to have a birth certificate and other regular personal ID.
  3. Unspeaked macrumors 68020


    Dec 29, 2003
    West Coast
    Simply put, yes.

    If you want the job, you need to provide what they're asking for.

    Otherwise, they'll find someone who will.

    It's not a requirement that you do the tasks your doing for them, in which case they'd be obligated to cover the cost.
  4. GanChan thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2005
    OK, that explains it. In the past when I've done background checks and things, the agency always paid. But those are a proprietary requirement. Gotcha.
  5. ErikCLDR macrumors 68000

    Jan 14, 2007
    For my job over the summer working with school computers I had to pay $22 to get fingerprinted, a requirement of the local Board of Education.

    $22 + gas to police station x2 (one time they were having an emergency) + they treat you like a criminal

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