If my job wants to pay moving expenses to move me and my family across the country, do I have any obligation to stay with them if I don’t like it?

My company wants me to move to relocate for a different position. They would pay the moving expenses. If I accept and decided a few months after working there that I want to quit or find a new job, do I owe them the moving expenses back? I already work for them so it isn’t a new hire thing.

Asked on November 30, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

You would only owe them the moving expenses back if--

1) There was some agreement or contract, made before you accepted the move and the expenses, that if you left within a certain time period, you would repay them; such terms are enforceable (and fairly common), but must be agreed to before the move.

2) It can be shown that you took the position and the relocation expenses under fraudulent circumstances--e.g. you had no intention at the time of staying with the position, but only took it to have your move paid for.

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