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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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Recent Relocation Questions

  • I accepted a job in DC when I lived in Pittsburgh. My husband

    I accepted a job in DC when I lived in Pittsburgh. My husband agreed to step down from his job in Pittsburgh and look for a job in DC and we had someone interested in buying our house. However, the sale of the house fell through and a promising interview for my husband did not result in a job offer. My company covered 2 weeks in a hotel and a house hunting trip as part of their relocation policy. Since they only covered a short period, and I no longer had my old job in Pittsburgh, I had no choice but to stay in hotels and sometimes commute in order to keep my new job in DC. I couldn't afford even a small rental in that expensive area while I still had a mortgage. After 2 1/2 months of commuting and spending thousands on hotels, I felt I had no choice but to step down. Now the company is saying I owe them for the house hunting trip (a 1 night trip) and the 2 week hotel stay, which includes service fees for the relocation company that my company directed me to use to book the hotel. These expenses come to $4400. I've already paid thousands of dollars of my own money on hotels and now the company wants me to pay thousands more. Not only did I not know the exact amount of the service fee or hotel ahead of time, the company's relocation policy says that, if you are 'relocated' and leave voluntarily within one year, you must pay them back. Since I never relocated, I don't believe I owe them. The company would have covered all expenses of a move but I never moved and this is why I had to step down! I told them I'd try to pay them what I could but I really don't think I should have to pay this bill. They wanted to be paid by the end of the year. I left in November and they told me at the end of November that they wanted the money by the end of the year or it would be 'taxed'. I'm not even sure what they're talking about. The only contact I had with them was over the phone in November. I never received an invoice or breakdown of the expenses that they claim I owe. I'm in grad school and do not have a job yet (I couldn't get my old job back) so I'm not even in a position to pay them, at least not all at once. And the policy does not have any guidelines for repayment. Any advice?
  • I am considering leaving my current employment. I would be

    I am considering leaving my current employment. I would be leaving prior to the 24 month agreement. My question is that would I be responsible for any funds to the company or am I free to leave.
    The agree states:
    "To assist you with moving expenses, we are offering to offset your cost by contributing a sum up to $12,000. The company will require receipts for all expenses associated with the move. Any funds not used will be repaid back to the company.
    **actual amount used $11,000.
    In consideration of the relocation benefits you will not voluntarily terminate your employment for a period of 24 months from the date on which you last incurred moving expense.
    During this time if you choose to end your employment, you hereby agree that you will not compete directly with the company in any competition business. You also agree that you will not become an employee or officer with any competing business. This agreement will remain in effect until June 1, 2016. If the non - compete is put into effect a geographical distance of 100 miles of Seattle WA will be in effect. "
    Thanks
    Craig
  • Hello, Can you please help me with the following question.

    Hello, Can you please help me with the following question. My job is moving to Sarasota Florida. If I go, and it does not work out, can I quit and then collect unemployment in NJ where i still own a home? What if I only live in Florida a short time and the company lets me go, I have a home in NJ and would then come back to NJ, so what state pays the unemployment? What if I had to go out on disability (not an unreal possibility given my health issues) what state would pay, or would I be disqualified from even applying if I reside in one state but own a home in another state and would have to move back?
    If I refuse to relocate, does that mean I quit, or is my job since it relocated, been eliminated and therefore I am entitled to collect benefits.
    I appreciate your assistance. Thank you
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