Contract advice needed

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  1. dukebound85 macrumors P6

    dukebound85

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    I am moving...YAY

    But I have a question about a contract I had signed for relocation. Essentially, they paid me a lump sum package to move out here.

    Here is the agreement

    My question
    My year date is Feb 9th. Am I at risk for payback if I inform the company that I decided to leave the 31st of Jan with the final day being the end of Feb?

    Could that clause be enforced on the day I tell them I am quitting or does it apply to my last day physically at work?

    I would like to give them a months notice to help them out with planning. If that is unwise, I will tell them on the 10th and give a meager 2 weeks notice, which may be a hardship on them. I would like to give the most time I can for future reference concerns.

    Or is a 2 week notice acceptable? Even for a job that requires clearance, so they just can't replace me as quick as a job that doesn't.

    Thoughts? I do not want to resign a lease and be liable for more moneythan I need to be out here as I can't do a month to month lease.

    Thanks!
     
  2. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    If you gave notice before the year, and said you'd work till after the year, then could say "that's okay, go now" and then say you left before the year and ask for the moving expenses back.

    I would wait till after the year to give notice.
     
  3. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    If they did that, then that would not be for "cause" and then I wouldn't be liable to pay it back right?
     
  4. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    Once you inform them you are leaving they can determine your last day. It was still your choice to leave, and therefore you would be still liable to repay the moving expenses.
     
  5. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    So just give them a meager 2 weeks notice?

    Will there be bad blood as a result of that?
     
  6. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Maybe, but both you and your employer need to remember that business is business.

    Do not inform your employer that you're planning to leave before the year is over, though.
     
  7. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    I would almost wait until after the 9th to turn it in. I would not trust the company not to let you go right before hand and then demand you pay them back.
    Legal or not they can tie you up in court or demand it then you have to fight for you money in court. That could be hard battle.
     
  8. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    Is 2 weeks acceptable notice in todays buisness world then? One that requires a clearance?
     
  9. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    I think it is still acceptable. I just would worry that a lot of companies when you give them your two week notices they say bye.
    If they let you go for that they might try to claim that you broke the contract and want the money back. Legally speaking you should have it but I do not trust companies so I say give the two week notice on your 1 year mark. It makes it impossible for them to say bye and then claim you quit before you year forcing you to fight for you money in court.
     
  10. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    Do you have an employee handbook given out by HR? I know that we do and it spells out how much notice you need to give.
     
  11. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    True. Need to cover my own behind

    Not sure. Will have to look into it
     
  12. McGiord macrumors 601

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    get a good severance package in your new job, also a good amount of vacation days.
     
  13. Iscariot macrumors 68030

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    You could probably make a shiv out of the contract, if you froze it.
     
  14. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

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    so is giving notice on the 9th adequate if i want to have my last day be the 26th? should be enough time to not have burned bridges right?
     
  15. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    Yes, two weeks' notice is standard for just about any position. If there's any bad blood, it will be on them, not on you; 2 weeks is a standard business practice. I have heard of certain executive positions asking for 3 weeks, but that's for like Vice Presidents, etc. - and even then, that's rare.

    I don't see how clearance changes that. Two weeks is good.

    Should be just fine. Besides, unless you're moving back to New York sometime in the future, burning bridges shouldn't be an issue. :p

    All joking aside, people leave jobs. Some employers are more understanding about that than others. Wait until the 9th comes and goes, then turn in your notice. Most companies reserve the right to sever the relationship immediately and pay you the two weeks' in the form of severance in lieu of notice, so I wouldn't do it before your year is up.
     
  16. TJRiver macrumors 6502

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    How many of these respondents are lawyers licensed to practice law in your jurisdiction. Man up and pay for an hour of a lawyer's time to get an opinion that will stand up in court. The "I read it on the MacRumors message board defense" does not fly in most courts.........
     
  17. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    If you noticed some of us gave him advise that there was no way around it. I said give the 2 week notice after the 1 year market. No way for the company to hold it over his head.
     
  18. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    You don't need a law degree to recognize which is the safer option, especially when some of us (well, at least me) have had personal experience dealing with contract issues such as this on both sides.
     
  19. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    To be on the safe side, I would do this as well.
     

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