I live in Oregon and deliver newspapers on a rural route. I do not have a written contract. When I started, the distribution manager informed me that they were hoping to fins someone long term, but we did not discuss a minimum job duration. 6 1/2 weeks later, I have given 8 days notice that my services as a carrier will no longer be available.
The manager informed me that since I did not give a full 2 weeks notice, if he did not find a replacement in time for me to train one, he intended to charge me for the cost of him having to train someone.
I was trained by my predecessor, but thought it highly irregular.
Our verbal agreement was simple: I deliver the papers, and he pays me on the 7th if each month.
Can he really charge me? And what is a reasonable time frame for receiving a final check as an independent contractor?