Discussion:
Got paid to much

These last two pay periods I have been over paid on my pay check. It is only 2.5 hours on one check and 4 hours on this check so it is not a huge amount but my question is......in California is the company finds out they have over paid thier employees can they make they employees pay the money back? I dony care either way as I am not that straped for cash but just curious is all. My company has hired temps. lately to cut cost in the office and thats where I think the problem is. No I have not asked my fellow employees if this has happened to them cause i dont want to be "That Guy" who ruins it for everyone.

Thanks for your time
  • Posted 7 Jan 2012 06:50
  • Discussion started by tomas_s
  • Bahamas, Bahamas, The
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  • Posted 7 May 2013 20:58
  • Reply by edward_t
  • South Carolina, United States
"it's not rocket surgery"
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  • Posted 6 May 2013 20:06
  • Modified 6 May 2013 20:08 by poster
  • Reply by velmer_a
  • Queenland, Austria
hiya ed,
in a word...

yeah

it happened to me once several years ago
heh
  • Posted 31 Jan 2012 13:31
  • Modified 31 Jan 2012 13:33 by poster
  • Reply by Jplayer
  • North Carolina, United States
John Player Jr
_________________
LiftOne, LLC
Charlotte, NC
Email: jplayer@liftone.net
Hey john, ??? voice of experience???

rotfl
  • Posted 31 Jan 2012 11:25
  • Reply by edward_t
  • South Carolina, United States
"it's not rocket surgery"
funny how a simple question turns into a drawn out debate
so i'll keep it simple


yes the employer can request or garnish your wages to get that back if they so desire.

see.... ez peezy guys :oD
  • Posted 31 Jan 2012 09:49
  • Reply by Jplayer
  • North Carolina, United States
John Player Jr
_________________
LiftOne, LLC
Charlotte, NC
Email: jplayer@liftone.net
Seems your HR person just doesn't want to get involved in the audit process. It won't cost the company any more $$ if she does the audit or not, unless they send her or others involved in the audit process home early w/o pay.
  • Posted 11 Jan 2012 03:13
  • Reply by johnr_j
  • Georgia, United States
"Have An Exceptional Day!"
I don't think that anything got "lost" except your employers money for a little while. We have all heard stories about a bank mistakenly crediting the wrong amount in a customers account. The customer starts spending the money and when they get caught they get arrested because it's not their money. Just because it might take a while for the bank (or an employer) to figure out it made a mistake doesn't mean that it is now your money.
  • Posted 10 Jan 2012 22:32
  • Reply by duodeluxe
  • United States
duodeluxe
All this topic is about is getting educated on employee rights and trying to have a healthy debate, plain and simple. Its not about doing what "Right" as some of you feel strongly about this and I understand it. I have no idea what other guys in my company get paid and I really dont care as it is none of my business. 85% of a conversation is audio and visual ques and alot of that is lost thru the internet and I feel this has gotten off topic a bit.

I did go to the HR lady this morning with my new found knowledge and beat some bushes for a bit. She said I was correct once a company in California pays an employee they can not just go take the money back via payroll deduction. It has to be a writen agreement and even at that it is shakey. We never talked about how much I was over paid but she said just keep it no matter what it is, as the effort to audit all this would cost more.

Awhile ago my company tried to discipline me for going outside the organization to retrieve information from this website. I made it perfectly clear that I had not violated any company rules and there are not any governing rules on discussing that situation. My name and location are not an accurate description of me due to that matter.
  • Posted 10 Jan 2012 10:15
  • Modified 10 Jan 2012 11:05 by poster
  • Reply by tomas_s
  • Bahamas, Bahamas, The
Tomas S:
In your original post you make the following statement ".......i dont want to be "That Guy" who ruins it for everyone." This strongly implies that you well know that others were "also" paid for extra time not worked & you want to go along with it to be a "Good" guy at the expense of the company that employs you. "DO WHAT IS RIGHT"!!!!
I feel confident that you & any others that were overpaid would be the first ones to let your employee know should they ever "short paid" you for hours worked. Life is a two way street.
PS: Since you are no longer in The Bahama you might want to take a minute or two to up date your FA.Com profile.
  • Posted 10 Jan 2012 04:50
  • Reply by johnr_j
  • Georgia, United States
"Have An Exceptional Day!"
Its a simple matter, if they find out they will deduct it from your pay. Its not your money its theirs and you have no legal rights to it and they could terminate you if they feel so because it boils down to the equivalent of stealing. Best bet report it and save some real possible headaches. People lose their jobs for that everyday.
I never said I consulted a lawyer. I have a freind who has an MBA in business law geared towards a management position.
  • Posted 9 Jan 2012 23:15
  • Modified 9 Jan 2012 23:16 by poster
  • Reply by tomas_s
  • Bahamas, Bahamas, The
Isn't that bizarre? You got overpaid and the YOU consulted a lawyer about what your rights are to keep the money that you didn't earn? Wow!
In our town a cop was being overpaid and didn't report it. Once it was found out he was fired.
So I guess everything is moral and legal, that is until you get caught.
  • Posted 9 Jan 2012 22:42
  • Reply by duodeluxe
  • United States
duodeluxe
I really do think a "thank you" as if you noticed this, and are -sure-* they didn't make ANY mistake, but wanted you to have a little extra money as an under the table bonus, would be a better way to walk into that conversation, and it would also serve notice that you are one of those folks that actually reads, notices, understands and can do the math of what their paycheck should say, and that will serve to your managers not to screw or make a mistake with your pay in the other direction, where you would be missing some of your expected pay.
What if they paid you the time someone else was supposed to be paid for, and that person is short of their pay, how fair is it to that person. it seems pretty likely to me that the company knows how many hours were to be paid for in total.
sarcasm on
*Surely the management would NEVER make ANY mistake with an employees pay.
sarcasm off
  • Posted 8 Jan 2012 23:36
  • Modified 8 Jan 2012 23:39 by poster
  • Reply by edward_t
  • South Carolina, United States
"it's not rocket surgery"
I dont know if California laws apply in the Bahamas and if I was still there I would have inquired about those laws. I am in California and just want to get educated on California law is all. There is nothing I can do till Monday and did not find out they over paid me this time till I got home. I am not concerned about my job (I know that sound crazy) as even in this economy I have three other opportunities if I choose to leave. I will not tell my company I wont pay them back but would like to have a good conversation with the HR people when this does come up and knowing my employee rights is a good place to start.
  • Posted 8 Jan 2012 05:30
  • Modified 8 Jan 2012 05:32 by poster
  • Reply by tomas_s
  • Bahamas, Bahamas, The
tomas s,
1. Do you think California law applies in the Bahamas??
2. An good adage to always follow applies here "When in doubt (as it seems you are) do what is right", as Ed T suggested. An employer can find many ways to dismiss an employee and they will look very hard to do so if you tell them to go "pound sand."
3. If the $$ doesn't mean anything to you, why draw a line in the sand & jeopradize you job?
  • Posted 8 Jan 2012 03:35
  • Reply by johnr_j
  • Georgia, United States

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