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Pay back for training costs

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Q. Training in our field is pretty specialized and expensive. We don’t mind investing in our employees, but want to make sure that we get the benefit of the training. We have a requirement that newly trained employees must continue to work for us for at least six months following their training, or they are required to pay back the company. Our problem is how to make sure they pay it. Can we deduct it from their last paycheck? –D.B.

A. Yes, as long as you comply with the Texas Payday Act requirements. You must have a written authorization signed by the employee before you make any deductions. The authorization must comply with the Payday Act regulations.

You need to make sure they have agreed to the repayment and understand ahead of time how much the training costs. In addition, make sure the agreement clearly states the amount that will be deducted from their wages. 

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