Superannuation is the regular payment made into a fund by an employee toward a future pension.
I recently left an employer to start work at a different company. Payroll was not notified, and I kept receiving a salary from the old company for two months (paid monthly, the first month was normal salary instead of partial month and leave payout, second month was salary instead of nothing).
They have asked me to pay back the salary (which I understand, and will do), and also pay back amounts that have gone into superannuation (as if it was salary). Well actually, according to my superannuation statement, only one of those months has actually been paid into superannuation so far, and given the pattern, it appears the most recent payment won't be made for another three weeks.
Given that I won't have access to superannuation for another 20+ years, do I need to pay it back? It seems it should be up to the employer to work out their mistake with the superannuation company, otherwise they have effectively put an amount out of my salary into superannuation without my instruction.
Re being put on hold due to company-specific regulations, agreements, or policies:
I believe the circumstances are broad enough to apply to any similar situation in Australia (unsure about other countries). The superannuation system is universal in Australia. I imagine that any Australian employee who is overpaid on resignation (or leaving a job for any reason) will almost certainly have overpaid superannuation amounts as it they are paid as a proportion of gross salary.
EDIT: After over two weeks of not hearing anything, the employer backed down on his request for the superannuation. They sent another letter which had the superannuation amount missing (it even had the same date as the first letter).