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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.
What do you specifically want to know about this, please?
Many thanks for your patience. How long have you worked there for?
Thanks and how long has this practice been ongoing?
Thank you. If they have paid you more than what you were due and this was done without communication or any workplace policy allowing them to do that and expect you to owe them in return, they cannot expect you to do so. There has to be a policy about this or you must have been informed about it in some way. However, they can instead treat it as an overpayment, which technically it would be. So they can deduct the money you were overpaid with as they have the legal right to do so. I would therefore push for them to allow you to repay the money you were paid in these cases. Over a period you can afford, but not be forced to work extra for it which is not allowed under contract or any other policy.
Does this answer your query?
because it is still money you are not legally entitled yo, whether it was done deliberately or not. It does not make a difference if it was a mistake or not, in the end it matters whether you were due the money or not
But you can refuse to be ‘manipulated’ in this way as you cannot be forced or expected to work the extra hours and would instead just have to repay the money., You cannot have it both ways unfortunately – you either keep the money and agree to do the hours, or you return the money and are left in the position you would have been had they not paid you.
Your arguments are based on ethical grounds rather than legal ones
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