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Good morning Julie,I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of your situation.While many companies have a clause requiring repayment of relocation expenses if the employee does not stay for a specific period of time, not all employers chase employees who leave early for what is not recovered from a final paycheck either. The fact that your company didn't chase the employee they paid the lump sum to would suggest that there is less likelihood they will chase you either.Relocation expenses are essentially all costs paid by a company to get an employee and their possessions from point A to point B and into their new, permanent living quarters. So, the shipping of your car, your flight, and the cost of putting you up until you moved into your new place would all be collectible costs, as would be the rental car while yours was being shipped.The flights back home each month are not "relocation expenses" and would not be collectible back from you. The per diem you are getting paid---once you were into your permanent residence---is not considerable as relocation expenses either.You may reply back to me using the Continue the Conversation or Reply to Expert link if you have additional questions; and if you do, I ask that you please keep in mind that I do not know what you may already know or with what you need help, unless you tell me. Please remember to press the smiley faces/stars on the right of your screen when we are finished with our communication so I will be credited for my time in assisting you. Kindly remember to ONLY rate my answer when you are fully satisfied. If you feel the need to rate anything less than OK, please stop and contact me with whatever issue or clarification you may need. I will be happy to continue further and assist you until I am able to address your concerns to your satisfaction.I wish you the best in 2013,Doug
Thank you very much for your detailed response. It appears I will be on board until July. My contract is up July 9th. If I give my two weeks notice on June 27th, so that I can depart on July 11th, will I be at any risk of owning relocation costs to my employer?
Also, will I be able to keep my healthcare for the month of July?
Thank you Doug, that is very helpful information. If I quit at the 12-month mark or if I let them know of my intentions they terminated me without cause before that, would I have healthcare for the remainder of the month given that my release date is July 9th?
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