Employment Bond: Can a business trip be considered as training provided?

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asked on Apr 5, 2016 at 16:03
edited on Apr 19, 2016 at 03:48
I will be resigning from my current company within this month so I have questions about employment bond.

The training clause in my offer letter stated as below:

"In consideration of training given to an employee during the employment period, the employee is variable for a compulsory service period as stipulated in the Company's Training Bond Agreement"

Besides this offer letter, I had not signed any other document about bonded period with the company. I am also not a confirmed employee too. Also, the business trip that I was asked to go was not training and now I fear they might claim that it was!

I have not consult HR or my direct manager yet as I want to be prepared before facing them.

My question are the following:

a) Is this consider a direct or indirect notification of employment bond? Can it be enforced legally? So far I checked and most company require employee to sign additional bonding contract to confirm this additional bonded period especially after an employee returns from training. But I had not been asked to do so, and I am confused if I may or may not be bonded.

b) In the event the company insist I am bonded. Is the release or terms & condition from employment bond negotiable? Who has the final call? HR or direct manager? Or both?

c) Can I argue about the validity of training that the company claim they provided? In this case, the business trip.

c) Worst case scenario, can I just leave anyway and see what action the company take? From what I check, a lot of people still leave and will see what the company do about it. In my opinion I would not want to leave on bad terms of course and hope it would not end in this scenario.

Please help advise.

Thank You in advance.
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answered on Apr 5, 2016 at 16:23
edited Apr 5, 2016 at 16:26
by   jeff005
@ ckchok

There are various nature of employment bond. You may have to serve out the period.

Just hand in a proper resignation letter and see what the HR reply. Direct manager have no say, sometimes just make stupid threats to intimidate staff. Just send in a proper letter to HR and c.c. a copy to direct manager. Who knows, your manager may not like you and actually wish you go away fastfast..!!

Are you in the IT sector?

IT sector has got the most various types of bonding.

Just be prudent. Blacklisting of ex employees is getting common nowadays. Not viable to sue if the salary is low. You have to get a Professional guy to study through the Standard Company Policy and your employment contract.

Go read this thread oso..
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answered on Apr 5, 2016 at 16:30
Hi Jeff,

Thank you for your feedback. I am not from IT industry.
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answered on Apr 17, 2016 at 23:33
You should check your Company's Training Bond Agreement. The details should be in the agreement.

Since you mentioned never signed any other documents and if you do not have the Training Bond Agreement, most probably you are not bonded.
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