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Sad in AZ posted 5/9/2013 13:32 PM

I just received notice (an email from my former HR admin) that I was overpaid almost a year ago. The back story:

I work for the Govt of Canada in the US. The office where I was employed closed last May (2012) due to the Deficit Reduction Action Plan (DRAP-what a name; but I digress). Now they are saying that due to an audit they've discovered that they paid me through June 15th when my last day was May 31st and they want me to get in touch about paying it back.

I will check my records when I get home; I was told I would receive a certain amount of severance; I wasn't supposed to be entitled to it because I was not employed by June 2010 (I started in September 2010) but they made an exception for those of use who were terminated because of the office closures.

I'm now working for Canada again; I was hired again in September 2012. I had to start all over again as far as salary level, vacation accrual, etc. (

Has anyone ever come up against this sort of thing? Do I have any recourse? I'm so pissed!

Also, wouldn't you think I'd get a formal letter from the government--in other words, the Embassy, as they are the ones who process the US payroll--rather than a casual email from the former HR admin? Ugh.

[This message edited by Sad in AZ at 1:33 PM, May 9th (Thursday)]

ajsmom posted 5/9/2013 13:55 PM

I was told I would receive a certain amount of severance; I wasn't supposed to be entitled to it because I was not employed by June 2010 (I started in September 2010) but they made an exception for those of use who were terminated because of the office closures.

Do you have this in writing?

If so, it's a slam dunk. Without it, well, I think you will have to end up paying it back.

AJ's MOM

tushnurse posted 5/9/2013 13:59 PM

Look at your severence papers and see what they say.

I am guessing HR is fishing for people that they think they can get some $$ back from but don't have the legal backing to pursue it. Therefore it comes as an Email from HR, not from a third party negotiator, or a certified letter.

I think you need to consider working for the employ of a local government.

Hope we are right, and you don't have to give them a dang canadian penny.

ajsmom posted 5/9/2013 14:01 PM

Also, wouldn't you think I'd get a formal letter from the government--in other words, the Embassy, as they are the ones who process the US payroll--rather than a casual email from the former HR admin?

Nope. Not if HR is the payroll administrator.

Sad in AZ posted 5/9/2013 16:23 PM

No ajsmom; the Embassy of Canada in Washington, DC is the payroll administrator.

I did some research in the office, and I think it may be my accrued vacation time that was paid out when I was terminated, but I have to check my bank records to see if there was another deposit from the Embassy around that time.

Crescita posted 5/9/2013 17:36 PM

If it's a substantial sum of money you might want to speak with an attorney. If you do have to pay it back, you should try to negotiate a reduction for the amount you would have overpaid in taxes.

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