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I think that the October problems affected most of the publishers when this time around a smaller portion got hurt. However, it gives cause for concern.
I am not sure if we can call this a pattern, but worth being mentioned nevertheless.
Personally, I'd be more concerned about the pay cut than the late payment. What has Google said about it?
I am being sent a cheque for my April earnings now and my May earnings will be sent end of june...
Google never used to be a month behind in sending out cheques?
Did you mean that your March earnings have been received, your April earnings have been approved and your May earnings are in progress?
We always receive cheque a month behind.