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My name is***** and I'm happy to help with your question today. I need to ask you some preliminary questions to be able to help you.
Do you know how/why this overpayment came about?
Management decided to change all the hospital hours , so instead of working 10.55 hours a night I worked 10 hrs. As I was only doing 3 nights a fortnight my weekly hours changed from 16.3 a week to 15 hrs. two years ago. I thought that as they were so insistent on the change of hours the contract would automatically change accordingly. My letter from management, quote "the overpayment did occur and this was not noticed either by yourself or the Ward Management. Nevertheless an overpayment has been made and needs to be recovered"
OK understood. sadly
Sadly you are not entitled to keep the overpayment regardless of who made the mistake. The payments amount to "unjust enrichment" i.e. that you have no legal right to the money. The best thing to do in the circumstances is to discuss a repayment plan with your employer.
Thought I'd give it one final enquiry anyway.