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I recently joined one of the top 4 technology consulting companies in India and they paid me a joining bonus of 150000 with the first month's pay. Now due to work pressure I want to quit after 3 months. But the company is asking me to pay the entire joining bonus amount. Now I should mention the following:
1. This joining bonus or its recovery was not mentioned in the offer letter.
2.There is no mention of any recovery in the terms and conditions too.
Now who gets the benefit of doubt in this case? The employer or the employee? Also there is no policy called joining bonus under the list of policies, there is a mention of sign-in bonus which can be recovered on a pro-rated basis.
Any help will be greatly appreciated. What sort of pro-active legal action can I take against my company in case the law is on my side.
PS: I am not showing this experience on my CV in the future so doesn't matter what feedback they are willing to provide.
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Since you are covered Under the Shops and Establishment Act, the employer cannot make any deduction otherwise authorized under the Act, the deduction or recovery on account of joining bonus is not permissible.
Bump up - can someone please give me a second opinion as the company is now expecting me to pay back the joining bonus despite of not mentioning the payment or the recovery clause in the offer letter?
Should I try to negotiate or go for an all out confrontation with my employer?
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