My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: NY
I want to leave my company as soon as possible without any penalties; first let me provide a background:
-15 unused vacation days
-Starting date (first day of work): Early August 2007
-Hired on payroll system ($0.00 initially, then "rehired" on starting date at current pay): late June 2007
-Penalty: "You will receive a relocation allowance in the amount of XXX. By signing this letter, you agree that in the event you resign or are terminated for cause from XYZ within one (1) year from your date of hire, you will reimburse XYZ for all relocation expenses incurred in connection with your employment."
-The agreement does not use the term "date of hire" anywhere; they have a section for "Starting date" though
1. May I assume the payroll hire date so that I can leave in June 2008?
2. May I declare my June resignation in May?
3. Finally, may I declare my resignation, do two weeks to help with transition, then use my 15 days of vacation?
I can supply more details if needed; also, if this is too involving, I would also appreciate any referrals for NYC counsel (something not too pricey; I've never done this sort of thing before!).