My employer paid for my training, and when I handed in my resignation letter, my employer stated that he will deduct all training expenses from my last salary. Is this allowed?
When an employer wants to deduct any money from any payment due to an employee, they need permission from that employee, either in the form of an agreement, a signed acknowledgement of debt or a manner recognised by legislation.
In the event that the employee has an agreement with the employer in regard to the above,, the employer must refer to the specific terms of the agreement relied upon, when the employee resigns. These agreements include employment contracts and specific training agreements. In this regard the agreement relied upon should set out clear terms and conditions in regard to specific performance when an employee attends training which was paid by the employer.
In the absence of an agreement it would be difficult for the employer to enforce payment and/or deduct, training expenses. It is therefore important, for you as an employee, to ensure prior to when training expenses are incurred, what the terms and conditions are in regard to payment made for these training.
In a nutshell: An employer may only deduct training expenses with your consent.
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