How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Chris The Lawyer Your Own Question
Chris The Lawyer
Chris The Lawyer, Lawyer
Category: New Zealand Law
Satisfied Customers: 22827
Experience:  38 years qualified as a lawyer; LLB, MMgt and FAMINZ.
Type Your New Zealand Law Question Here...
Chris The Lawyer is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

I was paid some money 18 months ago and told at the time the

Customer Question

I was paid some money 18 months ago and told at the time the it was back pay as I had been underpaid. Now I am told that it was an over payment. Do I legally have to pay this back?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: New Zealand Law
Expert:  Chris The Lawyer replied 2 years ago.
Normally if you are overpaid, you do have an obligation to repay this. But if you were told that it was back pay, and have spent the money in reliance on their representation being correct, there is also an argument for saying you should not have to repay this. There was a case with Air New Zealand where this happened, and the worker was not required to repay the money because he relied on his employers representations that the payment was correct. Sometimes employers can make your life difficult unless you repay, but you can say, you have spent the money relying on them being able to calculate this correctly.

Related New Zealand Law Questions