MAX CLIFFORD wrote:Absolutely not. The vast majority of employers will have an overpayment stipulation in their contractual terms of employment. Which allows them the facility to recoup any over payments form your bank account. Its generally regarded as common practice to inform the employee that a payment error has been made, and that they intend to take it back in instalments or in one hit. Only if the employee changes bank accounts or is deemed to be purposely running the account down to avoid repayment would any problems arise. But ultimately it is the duty of the paymaster to ensure the correct payment is made. There is no liability on behalf of the employee until they initiate a means of retrieving the over payment.
Might be worth remembering that whilst you are still technically innocent of any wrong doing, it is the employer that has curtailed your right to seek gainful employment either with the P.O or elsewhere, and if the bonus scheme is part of your contract of employment then they would be duly obliged to pay in full.
The Union guy has told me to say fuck all about it, it's their cock up, so they have to discover it.
He also thinks that as I am suspended on "full pay" this would include any bonus I am entitled to.