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Sweeten Deal to Retain Worker After Training

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Q. We just covered the entire cost for an employee to complete nurses' aide training. We intended to draw up an agreement before the training so that this employee would be available to our business for six months before she could seek other employment, but we failed to discuss the agreement before the training. Can we have her sign such an agreement now? —C.E., Ohio

A. We know of no law that would prohibit you from asking her to enter into such an agreement now, but be prepared to give her additional consideration in exchange for signing it. It's unclear under Ohio law whether continued employment alone is enough compensation, so offer a signing bonus to ensure your agreement will constitute a valid contract.

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