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Hi Ben - what is your opinion
When the increase was agreed was that documented anywhere or was it just implemented?
The requested was documented on an Agenda however at the time the managers were meeting in a local restaurant and came back with the answers written by hand on the agenda - although the agenda is on the computer the handwritten agreement to the pay rise was not kept.
ok thanks let me get my response ready please
If the pay increment was officially agreed by the employer and there was no indication until now that it may have been agreed in error, you should have nothing to worry about. The comments by your colleague may have confused matters a bit but there is a reason why they were made and she is also not the one that would decide whether there was an overpayment or not – this would mainly be a factual matter, which would depend on what was actually agreed at the time.
After all, you have received this payment for the last 5 years or so and this has not been challenged by the employer, even though they may have had opportunities to do so during that time. Someone in management may not be that happy about it at this stage but that does not mean they can just claim it was an overpayment and try to recover it – they would still be bound by the original decision if that was done properly and by someone who had the authority to agree it.
In terms of the resignation, if you are retiring then that is still technically a resignation so you could be asked to confirm your resignation in writing, but check your contract to see if there is any specific requirement for the form your resignation should take – if it does not say anything about being in writing then contractually you do not have to do this if you do not want to. There is no harm in doing it though, it won’t change anything.
Thank you your reply was very helpful and reassuring.
you are most welcome