I was working for a company on and off for the past year or so. I worked for them over this recent Christmas period (ages ago I know) and got paid mid January for my work. I then received a letter on the 7th of April claiming that I had been overpaid. I checked my payslip and I couldn't figure out where this overpayment had occurred. The letter claims that they were unaware that I would be leaving the company on the 21st of Jan and so I have been paid full basic pay up to the 31st Jan. This is untrue because I informed by manager what dates I would be starting and finishing as I was only working during my university holidays and informed her that I would return to university on the 11th of January and was therefore not available to work after this time. I am further confused how this has happened considering the company pays you based on you clocking in and out. The company therefore claims I have been overpaid £112.00 from the approx £300.00 that I was paid in January.
I know I have left this unresolved for over a month but I have been very busy with university and also left the letter at home (I live at university) which I understand is completely my fault. I do not plan on returning to the company and therefore they will not be able to deduct this from further pay.
I know £112.00 is not a lot of money and I can pay it back using some of my student loan. However, I was unaware of this overpayment until months after it had occurred and therefore had no reason to believe I couldn't spend the money, and it was my managers laziness, by not informing the company of my leaving dates, that has caused this to happen. I've read on other posts on this website that imply that I may not be required to pay this money back. I am expected to either send a check or do a bank transfer to pay back the money. I do want to pay the money back because ethically that would be the right thing to do because I am a good and honest person, but it was simply my managers and the companies incompetance for putting me in this position. I just wish they would have informed me as soon as the mistake had been made and then I wouldnt be in this position.
I just wondered whether I am legally requried to pay this money back. Thanks.