To cut a long story short, I started a new job on the 1st January, my company sent me on 4 weeks training, now in April due to many reasons I want to leave after realising this job is not for me, My company want me to pay back the costs, I would like to say I was never informed of this, I have never had a traing repayment agreement , or even an employment contract , only ever a 4 line e mail offering me the job initially.
Do i have to repay these costs.
On the information you've supplied, it seems unlikely that your employer can legally insist on you repaying the training fees.
To deduct this money from your salary requires your agreement in writing. From what you've said they don't have that. If they haven't taken any action on this yet, tell them - in writing! - that to deduct any money from your pay without your written agreement is illegal and that you have not provided that agreement.
Practically, however, it comes down to this - you're leaving, they may deduct the money from your last pay. If they do, you should write to them to say that they have made an illegal deduction from your wages and that you expect the deduction to be repaid (and state a deadline, like 5 working days) and that if it isn't you will consider taking them to an employment tribunal.
You will need to consider realistically whether you would actually go down the tribunal route. It's painful, messy, and stressful. But the threat alone may be enough to get you the money back.
Lastly, you say you have realised the job is not for you. You might 'take the hit' in terms of any deduction they make and chalk this up to experience and consider it a lucky escape.
Illegitimi non carborundum
Thanks Owen, that's good advice all round, and your right, all good experience.
I totally agree with Owen, if there is nothing in writing then just don't worry. Your organization can do nothing, they might be taking advantage of unknowing from you, you just follow the procedure mentioned by Owen & that will be enough for them to take back their decision.Best of Luck!
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