My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: IL
I am leaving a salaried position at just shy of 12 months' employment. On hiring I received a relocation allowance, since I moved here from out of state. My initial offer stated I'd have to repay the relocation allowance if I did not stay at least 12 months. As I'm not able to pay the full amount in one lump sum, I checked with HR to see if repayment could be spread out over several months, last payment being Jan. 1. Initially I was told yes, I could split it over several months. Now I'm being told by HR that the whole amount must be paid by mid-December because the company can't "reverse money on an employee when there are no earnings, i.e. Jan. 1". I take "no earnings" to mean I will not be there Jan. 1 so I won't be earning anything from them. However, I won't be there for the other dates originally told to me by HR that I could split up these payments, either, as I am due to leave a couple of weeks from now, yet that's the repayment suggestion that was made to me.
My question is, if there is no specific timeline requirement for repayment of the relocation allowance on my initial offer, am I legally obligated to pay the whole amount back by mid-December as is now being said by HR? Again, I will have already ended employment by then. The original proposed payment plan, with last payment being Jan. 1, is in email from my HR person, as is the latest email from them going back on that proposal and saying I have to repay everything by mid-December instead. Thanks for any help!