I'm a reporter for a small newspaper. I have a few civic meeting a month that I cover and all freelance reporters get paid at the end of the month (we submit a bill at the end of the month and usually get a check by the first week of the following month.)
Sadly, my boss - who is in charge of writing the checks and confirming everyone's freelance work - has been out of the office getting cancer treatments. I'm very close to her like a daughter since I've been at the paper over 10 years, but professionally, it's now a nuicance to freelance for the paper because, in her absence, no one else there can process our freelance checks.
She's been working from home editing the paper sometimes, but doesn't go into the office any more. While she authorizes the publisher to write the checks, he has NoTHING to do with freelancers, so my boss still has to process everyone's bill first.
I love my job reporting and making some extra money, but it's not fair, professionally, that I'm expected to meet deadlines and rush to get stories when we're no longer compensated in a timely manner. I feel bad my boss is fighting a disease, of course, but shouldn't they authorize someone else to take over the finances in her absence? Some people rely on that freelance check to pay bills at the end of the month as additional income.