Require an employee to enter into a study or training fees agreement

Key points

  • To be able to recover training costs from an employee who leaves during or shortly after training, the employer should have an express written agreement in place before the training starts, typically in a training fees agreement.
  • Training fees agreements often operate on a sliding scale so that the longer an employee remains with the employer, the less he or she is due to refund on leaving. The sliding scale and its time periods will vary according to the length and cost of the training itself.
  • The employer should also include a clause in the training agreement to allow it to make deductions from wages from the employee's final salary in respect of any outstanding training fees if he or she leaves.

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