Found 6th Mar 2008
A friend of mine started to work for a company back in September and he has been getting additional income each month to help him relocate (i.e. pay for rent). He is suppose to have only been getting this income for the first 3 month, however he is still getting this additional income after the 6 month.

Anyways, he is unsure whether or not to speak up about it as he doesn't know if he will have to repay the money to the company that has wrongly been paying him the additional income for the past few months. He also doesn't really want to lose this extra money that he is getting each month (even though he is not suppose to).

Would he have to pay back the money if they eventually find out? And can he challenge them as it wasn't his fault? Or should he just keep quiet about the whole thing?
Any advice would be appreciated!

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If it was made clear to him that the money was for 3 months only then the company are legally entitled to demand repayment.

that said, whether or not they will....

best speak up now, because they will eventually notice and ask for it all back. i can only assume it would be easier to pay back now rather than later.

Best bet to tell them. They will have records of everything they have paid him to date and it will only pop up eventually anyway.

When they realise the mistake they can claim the overpayment back from him. Best to declare now and arrange to payback a small amount out of his pay each month or they may take the whole lot at once

I would tell him to get it sorted now, otherwise it will mount up and he may have to pay it all back. At least he will not have the burden of worrying about it.

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Of course he would have to pay it back and probably get the sack as well.

Since he's just started I think he should tell them before they notice the error. Once they find out he'll have to repay the money back, so the sooner he tells them the less he'd pay back and it would make him an honest person in the eyes of his employer.

I've been in a similar dilemma before when i was paid a bonus that i wasn't entitled to, i spoke up and had to pay it back, but when i asked them about it they said they wouldn't of noticed unless they told them, so i did regret it. if you mate has started a new job though surely the last thing he wants is for his employers to consider him dishonest, as this could lead to difficulties later on.

I think we all agree. Pay it back.

Yup i'd definately let them know. I doubt very much that any company would as a 'goodwill' gesture let him keep the money if it's left untill they find out. By going to them first there could be a slight chance that they might appreciate the honesty, so let him keep the money that he's had so far or at least come to an arrangement with repaying, rather than demanding it all back at once.

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Thanks for all the replies! Very helpful bunch :thumbsup:

I was going to advise the same

Please do let us know the outcome, wont you?

:evil: How about he puts it to one side in a separate savings account and waits to see what happens. 'Oh. I hadn't realised, of course I will repay it immediately'. Wrong I know.

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:evil: How about he puts it to one side in a separate savings account and … :evil: How about he puts it to one side in a separate savings account and waits to see what happens. 'Oh. I hadn't realised, of course I will repay it immediately'. Wrong I know.



i really think he should report it straight away, if its a new job he likes he doesn't want to hurt his future job prospects just for some extra cash, that he wasnt entitled to any way

how long do you put it in a savings account until you think its safe and they are not going to notice.

i know id sleep alot better without all these concerns on my mind

guerilla;1677580

i really think he should report it straight away, if its a new job he … i really think he should report it straight away, if its a new job he likes he doesn't want to hurt his future job prospects just for some extra cash, that he wasnt entitled to any wayhow long do you put it in a savings account until you think its safe and they are not going to notice.i know id sleep alot better without all these concerns on my mind


Not disagreeing at all.:thumbsup:

Yeah, let us know how you err... I mean your mate gets on.

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If a utilities company overcharged you and you didn't notice for a few months would you expect them to pay it back? Damn right you would so make sure he coughs up.

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Seriously, your mate would me mad not to report it, especially if it is a well defined benefit on his payslip. they may well write it off for him being upfront but the reverse may be true if he hides it, not to mention the dishonesty effect the employers will have from then on.
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