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Money Moral Dilemma: Should I tell my employer it has overpaid me?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Employment, Jobseeking & Training
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Employment, Jobseeking & Training
This week's MoneySaver who wants advice asks...
A few months ago I started a new role, in return for an 'acting-up' allowance. This was paid correctly the first month, but for the following two months they incorrectly added it to my base salary, and still paid a separate acting-up allowance on top.

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  • k3lvck3lvc Forumite
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    Seriously ?? How many of 'my employer overpaid me - do I need to pay it back ?' do we need ?
  • paddedjohnpaddedjohn Forumite
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    Of course you should tell them, it's theft if you keep it knowing that it's a mistake
    Be Alert..........Britain needs lerts.
  • KatrinaWavesKatrinaWaves Forumite
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    Legal dilemmas shouldnt be included in these so called 'moral dilemma's

    Its not a dilemma. Legally they will owe the money so do they want their job?
  • agrinnallagrinnall
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    I think it might be better to rename this Money Amoral Dilemma, because for any normal person there is never a dilemma to be addressed.
  • DCFC79DCFC79 Forumite
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    Yes it should be paid back, if you have spent some of the money then let your employer know and agree to a payment plan.
  • MarconMarcon Forumite
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    Before posting this sort of non-dilemma, you might like to check how many times it has already cropped up and been answered on this forum.
  • JCS1JCS1 Forumite
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    Marcon wrote: »
    Before posting this sort of non-dilemma, you might like to check how many times it has already cropped up and been answered on this forum.


    They don't do that though...……………..
  • Kentish_DaveKentish_Dave
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    Do the people who write these facile items not understand basic English? A moral dilemma means that two or more choices each cause moral problems.

    There is no moral dilemma here, only a question of basic honesty and decency.
  • marichmarich Forumite
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    If you have been overpaid you will have to pay it back - fact . This might be allowed to be phased over some months but that fact is fact.


    So , if you think something is 'wrong' then it is in your own interest to query it with your employer as soon as you think it .



    Otherwise it might start to look as if you are either stupid , unobservant or dishonest - not qualities being looked for in someone blessed with an 'acting up' position !


    Get real - NOW !


    Dilemma - mon cul (as some would say) !
  • cjvcjv Forumite
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    I check my wages every month.

    If I am underpaid I inform my employer, I would do the same if I am overpaid.

    Don't bite the hand that feeds you.
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