Can you ask an employee to pay back a % of the training or charge them a fee, if you invest in their professional development and then they leave?

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There is no legislation specifically related to an employer seeking to recoup training costs from an employee if they leave. However, a training agreement (which can form part of the contractual arrangement) can be set up between an employee and employer that sets out the terms and conditions for paying for training.

This is especially useful for more formal, work-related training that the employee may undertake, such as that which enables them to gain a professional qualification or accreditation – and this agreement CAN include details of your right to seek to recover a sliding scale percentage of the costs of your investment, should the employee leave within a certain period of time after the training.

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