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Hello, I’m Ben, a UK lawyer and will be dealing with your case today. I may also need to ask some questions to determine the legal position.
How long have you worked for this employer and have they specified an amount at all?
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Many thanks for your patience. If someone has genuinely been overpaid at work, the employer may rely on the common law remedy of restitution based on a mistake of law or fact to recover the overpayment in the civil courts. Restitution attempts to prevent the unjust enrichment of the worker at the expense of the employer.
In addition, the employer has the legal right to deduct any overpayments from your wages, without your previous consent.
Saying that, they must still ensure that they act in a way to preserve the implied term of mutual trust and confidence, which exists in every employment contract. This basically means that they must always act fairly and reasonably. In this case, that would require them to ensure that the deductions are fair and not so large as to unreasonably place you in a difficult financial position. So they should approach you to discuss your current position and to see what you can reasonably afford and finalise an amount which is fair to both parties and it repays them without unnecessarily placing you in an avoidable financial position.
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