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Hi - I received a signing bonus at my current company in my offer letter it states "You will receive a signing bonus of $5,000 on the first pay period one month after your start
date. This signing bonus must be returned in full should you leave Company at any point prior to
your one-year anniversary." I am seeing things in california employement law however that says I may not be required to pay it back in full? But there is a lot of conflicting information online

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California Employment Lawyer: legalg, Other replied 10 months ago

Unfortunately the terms of employment regarding signing bonuses are a matter of contract between the employer and the employee. This means that if the provision states the employer must return the bonus should the relationship terminate before the designated date, that would be a binding part of the contract.

Every contract does have an implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, so if an employer acted in bad faith and terminated the relationship in order to recoup the bonus, the employee may argue that and ask the court to void that provision.

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