Playing around with starting new games i noticed this issue still exist.
Most often it happens when you quit game to main menu and start a New Game without changing anything.
After game loaded only use mouse: if you pause the game it starts first weasel battle immediately.
Starting 4-5 games with changing company name – tutorial battle starts right away 100%.
On first New Game without changes – it have delay 1-3 sec. On several more New Game starts – delay 5-7 sec.
Continuing this trend, sometimes ingame time can last up to noon (and wages payment don’t get deducted) or Afternoon.
The longest delay i had witnessed is up to Evening of day 2, where some roaming party attacked my band, but battle with Weasel happened instead.