What can an employer withhold from final paychecks?

I work for a company that had me begin training and before that made all employees sign a document saying they may have to reimburse the company for any training if they did not give 30 days notice of quitting. I put in my 30 days notice a few days ago, however they are going back on some things that they were supposed to allow me to do that could cause me to quit before my 30 days are up. I switched my schedule to come in later to help a co-worker, before doing this I made sure to check with my manager to make sure I would be able to leave early every day for my last week of work and he said that would be allowed. Since putting in my 30 days notice, he has gone back on this saying I will not be able to leave for class. If I were to quit before the end of my 30 days, would they be able to withhold anything from my final

paychecks final paycheck and the one they withheld from my first 2 weeks? And if so, how much, as I only did maybe half of the training?

Asked on June 15, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Indiana


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

If you signed a documents stating that you would have to reimburse the company for any training if you provided less than 30 days notice, then if you leave without providing the full 30 days--for any reason; even the employer "going back on" certain things they promised, like letting you leave earlier--you will have to repay your training costs. If the agreement/document you signed did not provide for pro rata repayment, or repaying only part of the training, you will have to repay all of it; the document you signed is a contract, so you are contractually obligated to whatever you signed.

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