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Is it legal for my employer to ask me to pay back training costs?

My employer has asked staff who have left recently to pay back any training they have received in the last twelve months, regardless of whether it has been mandatory or not. They have asked me to attend a course which will give me a qualification which is required for my role, but I feel a little bit unsure about attending as my job role is about to change and I don't know whether I will want to carry on with my employment.







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gail
Yes it is look at your terms and conditions of employment. Most employers if investing in you will pay the funding for a training course on the condition that they benefit from that training once you have received it. Its normally done on a pro rata basis over a period example: if you leave once trained within six months then you pay the full cost of the training if you leave withing a year, then you pay 75% within 18 months 50% or within two years 25% It must be agreed before hand though and you should normally sign an agreement. Mandatory in house training provided by your employer can not be charged for though as its a legal requirement that they supply it.


Jo W
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If your employer pays for training such as a course or exam fees, they can make it a condition that the employee will repay these costs (which must be quantified in advance, not guesstimated afterwards!) if they leave employment within a certain period after receiving the training - usually between six months and two years. If your employer is keen for you to undertake particular training, there is nothing to stop you trying to negotiate that the cost will only be repaid if you leave within, say, six months. No guarantee you'll succeed, but worth a go!


Jan409
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yes it is, if they decide to leave that employment Why would any company invest in its staff only for them to leave check your Employment Contract and it will probably tell you that any training costs have to be repaid should you leave the job within eg 12 months of the training


Roy Moore
they can ask all the want, but they cant force you by law. Its like you cant tell your ex-wife to give back all the money you spent on her.







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