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Do you have this in your Employment Contract – The Study Bond

September 22, 2008

So you boss says, “Dude we’re sending you off to Australia for a 4-day training. You’ll be bonded for 6 months.”

How would you respond?

Do you think its a fair contract?

I used to think that companies that take you in will provide you with on-the-job training and all the tools necessary for the job, with no additional strings attached. No?

As an aside, do people actually resign the day after they come back from overseas training? And wouldn’t the damage be greater if an unhappy employee is forced to stay against his will?

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. September 22, 2008 10:15 am

    Well, it’s not totally fair but it’s legal. Hopefully the repercussions of breaching the contract is spelled out clearly. Most probably, they would ask you to pay back the cost of the training.

    From the employer’s point of view, they want to avoid competitors pinching away their best staff, especially after sending them to training on an expensive course. There are always two sides to the coin here, unlike the earlier scenario.

    The way its enforced locally, study bonds seems rather arbitrary. The basis of it – cost – is weak because it implies that the employer incurs no cost if training is done locally. Can I say that since you’ve attended 4 local seminars last year at my expense, I’m bonding you for one year. No, make it 2 years since I can’t lose you. If you can’t find such details in your employment contract, then its like entering a loan agreement without being told of the interest rate in advance. Aren’t there legal boundaries for this kind of thing?

  2. September 22, 2008 10:41 am

    well, i think if u r thinking from the perspective of the company, it is only fair to them as well, as they have “invest” some money for u to gain some knowledge, they just want to be assured that u’ll “service” them for at least a few months to make it worth while. a lot of ungrateful employees left after they went for training at the company’s expenses. 6 months is acceptable i would say.

    Yes 6 months seems the norm for overseas training of 1 week or less. As an employer yes I would want an employee to serve and “recover” the cost of training. Most responsible employees will do that without being told to so its sad when this must be spelled out and signed under punishment of a broken contract. It just shows how little employers are able to influence the staff twoards responsible action, or how poor their judgement is in hiring people who are incapable of responsible action.

  3. September 22, 2008 12:42 pm

    6 months, not 6 years ma. I think is fair.

    Yeah. I tell people they should be happy because it provides them job security, hehe šŸ™‚

  4. September 23, 2008 9:45 am

    and i was given a 2 years bond for attending training in uk for 2 weeks šŸ˜›

    i didn’t really complain also though i feel it’s a bit unfair since the training is useless. hahaha. 6 months sounds more reasonable.

    You can see it as job security. šŸ™‚

  5. September 24, 2008 10:53 am

    in fact, that’s exactly what i see it as šŸ˜€

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