Tom Hollander has earned a pretty penny in films and shows like Pride and Prejudice and the recent hit White Lotus, but nothing near Spider-Man‘s Tom Holland. So when he got a seven-figure check meant for the similarly named star, he had to give it back.
This is a payroll mistake of epic proportions, and even after years in human resources, I’m not quite sure how this kind of mistake could happen. But mistakes are common. In fact, you may have made similar mistakes (but probably not at the seven-figure level). For business owners, it’s a reminder to put checks and audits in place — but also to have compassion. It can literally happen to anyone.
I asked HR experts to share their stories of payroll mistakes under the promise of anonymity. Here are 15 true stories of payroll mixups, slightly edited for grammar and clarity.
“Back in the day, a manager made a mistake when they were correcting five days of per diem to seven days of per diem. They didn’t remove the five and added the seven. The employee was paid for 57 days of Per Diem, at $50 per day, because Payroll didn’t catch it. The employee was really [redacted] when the company made him give back all but seven days’ worth.”
To keep reading, click here: Tom Hollander Got Tom Holland’s 7-Figure Check and 15 Other True Stories of Payroll Mistakes