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Relocation Package Questions

What is a relocation package?

Job relocation is when a company decides to move their business operation to a different place and still wants to retain the service of an employee. Employers will usually offer a relocation package or relocation benefits to an employee if they do decide to agree to a relocation policy.

There are many questions that come up when an employee or employer makes the decision to relocate or offer a relocation package. Relocation can be a very stressful time in a person’s life. Experts answer a few of the most commonly asked relocation package questions below.

What right does an employee have when the company they work for does not pay the promised relocation benefits prior to the relocation?

If the company makes a relocation benefit promise and the agreement is in writing in the employment contract then the employee has the right to file a breach of contract claim. If the promise was made verbally then there would be no proof of the promise and therefore may not win a judgment in court if a suit was filed.

If a company forces an employee to work more than a previously set amount of hours after relocation and the employee then quits is the employee liable to repay relocation benefits?

Many times, in this kind of situation an employee may have a constructive dismissal claim since the work environment is what forced them to quit.

Can an employee be fired because the employee refuses to relocate for their job, because doing so could cause foreclosure on their home, or because they cannot afford to do so moneywise?

Most generally, regardless of any home financial situation if the employer directs an employee to relocate then the employee must do so otherwise they would be facing possible termination of employment.

If an employer pays the relocation fee for an employee to move to Alaska and then fires the employee, should the employer pay the moving expenses to relocate the employee out of Alaska?

The employee has every right to try and negotiate the moving expenses to relocate out of Alaska if the reasons for the termination are unjust. If there is a contract for the reimbursement of the relocating fees, then the employee may be entitled to the costs to move from the state. If the contract doses not cover this, then the expense would be boar by the employee. The employee should talk to the company and negotiate the terms.

Can an employee that signed a contract, resign from a company that is in bankruptcy proceedings and not be made to pay back the relocation reimbursement?

Unless the company fires the employee, the employee is still employed with them and will have to fulfill their contractual agreement if they choose to resign. If the company goes out of business then they may be held liable for breaking the employment contract with the employee and therefore cannot seek reimbursement from the employee.

Many times a company will ask an employee to relocate to fill a position within the company. In most cases the company will reimburse the employee for all expenses for the relocation of the employee. Employees are sometimes bound by certain contractual stipulations that may raise questions that confuse them. The relocation laws in most states may differ, and be confusing and cause the employee to have even more questions regarding their rights. The Experts r can provide affordable answers to questions regarding relocation laws.

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