My question involves employment and labor law for the state of: Texas.
I recently resigned from my previous employer and they are looking for repayment, which is fine, but I would like to pay the pro-rated amount (significantly less of course). The policy reads "the employee shall repay for all expenses paid in the last 12 months of their employment."
I spoke to someone in payroll and they said that they have seen pro-rated tuition assistance payback before, HR doesn't seem to be as helpful.
My only potential bargaining chip is that my final paycheck and remaining vacation hours were garnished in an attempt to recover some of the funds. In the education policy there is no permission given to my previous employer stipulating that this is acceptable. According to the Texas Payday Law, an organization cannot garnish final wages in an attempt to recover company property (read tuition assistance). They must exercise other options such as small claims court, etc, to recover...
So does it look like I'm paying back the full amount, repayment terms to be determined, or do I have a bargaining chip with them garnishing my final wage and vacation time? Would it help to have an attorney write a letter for $200?