Job Cancellation - Freelancer Contract Termination
07-17-2017 05:36 AM
Dear UpWork Community
I recently created a job with 4 Milestones.
I have hired a freelancer to do the job.
I have paid the freelancer 1 of the 4 milestones amounts.
Unfortunately the job has been cancelled, a decision made by a different department in a different country of our company.
We need to cancel the job but have a freelancer on a fixed fee broken down into 4 parts of delivery.
Is it okay for us to cancel the contract with the freelancer, and pay him the second of the 4 milestones only (as a good will gesture) and not to pay the other 2 milestone amounts?
What is your rule / terms on this?
07-17-2017 05:45 AM
First of all, discuss it with the freelancer.
how much of the work has been done? You should certainly pay for everything that has so far been done.
how many of the milestones have been funded (rather than just set up)?
07-17-2017 05:56 AM
Thanks for your mail.
I have just written the freelancer an email to explain the situation.
In 4 milestones:
1.5 have been completed.
Milestone 1 has been funded and paid to the freelancer.
Miletsone 2 has been funded but only half of the workload has been completed.
Milestone 3 & 4 have not been funded nor has any work been started or completed.
We are happy to pay the freelancer the whole of Milestone 2 - as a goodwill gesture even though only 50% of the work has been completed.
Does that sound fair?
07-17-2017 06:18 AM Edited 07-17-2017 06:18 AM
Please communicate with your freelancer and agree on the proposed solution before taking any action.
07-17-2017 06:30 AM
Adrian, you can't be "forced" to pay more than what is funded, and hopefully your freelancer will be ok with it like this, irritating as it may be to have blocked out time and turned down other work...
It does sound fair to me under the circumstances.