This is a niche irking so am posting it in here rather than letting marckee and co have at it:
Months ago, when I told my employer my wife was pregnant and asked about paternity leave, I was told all was fine, I would get two weeks. I asked if that would be paid normally or whatnot (not having looked into it or knowing how it worked) and my boss indicated to me that it would be treated like paid holiday, as though I had two extra weeks off, but that he would check with the payroll person and update me (I heard nothing more). Flash forward to when I’m on my paternity leave, on about day four of our hospital stay in fact, and my boss sends me an email saying I need to fill in a statutory paternity pay form, which upon reading, should have been submitted months ago. I filled it in anyway. Today, payroll lady calls me over and tells me I wasn’t eligible for any statutory pay as I wasn’t at the company long enough (literally a week too short). She also treated me like an idiot for not sorting this myself - even though my boss had told me not to worry (not that I had that in writing). Luckily, the CEO has said they’ll honour the stat pay from their own pocket (payroll lady looked like this very thought made her sick). So I’m not overall out of pocket (except the normal pay I was told I had), but still, irked by the experience. It’s not even like I complain properly because I kind of rely on my boss liking me for continued employment so I just have to lump it.
tl;dr, it was my fault anyway, whatever,