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they've been doing it over a few months and it was never a significant amount so i didn't notice it and it mostly got spent.
well, i'll be getting some more tomorrow that i can pay straight back, but the previous months will be a problem.
Therefore they have to compensate for the money owed. You dont have to give anything back.
Seek advice from your bank.
All you have to do is say that you didn't check your payslip etc, you just assumed that they were competent enough to pay you correctly.
Absolutely not your responsibility to pay them back
but offer to pay it back in installments - i.e. the same amount per month that they overpaid you for however many months.
The same happened to me, and I was told that I shouldn't have to pay it back.
and someone else in the office who used to work in the payroll dept said basically this - I think she said that although it's not quite clear legally whether you ought to pay it back or not, there's not all that much they can do about it.
Also, the amount of time this woman spent trying to get them to pay her the right amount and having arguments with Payroll over it, they must have wasted more money in company time than she owed them in the first place.
It can result in the baliffs. Depends how bothered the company is but they are in the *legal* right.
Our legal department has a reputation for being not very good, so it might just be that they aren't too confident of winning if it goes to court and think it's not worth the effort!
Any overpayments have to be paid back, the only way out is to leave the company and hope they don't pursue it through the courts.
It's shit but the way it is. As harru says they should set up a payment plan if they're decent.
Not sure how or why your bank would help.
And can work in unison with them to remedy the problem.
which I would think that they had already done as they are chasing their cash. The recipient bank doesn't have much say in that.
and as you're still an employee, all you can do is ask them to be as reasonable as possible really.
but work out how long it's been going on and offer to pay it back over the same time frame. Can't say fairer than that.
Still sucks though.
just tell them "i'll be paying X amount over Y months, cheers."