A Member of Staff Has Been Overpaid - How Do I Handle it?

Posted in : How do I handle it NI on 15 February 2022
Patricia Rooney
Issues covered: Pay and Wages; Policies and Procedures; Contracts

I am a human resource manager and have been advised by a colleague in our payroll department that we have overpaid a member of staff. I have had one meeting with the employee who suggests they are now going to leave the company. How do I recover the overpayment? How do I handle this?

I suggest it will be necessary to examine the employee’s contract of employment and the company’s policies and procedures to ascertain the existing power, if any, available to the company in attempting to reclaim this overpayment. You may be aware that under the provisions of the Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996, the company could be at risk of an allegation of unlawful deduction of wages if the

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This article is correct at 15/02/2022

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