Ask HR: Is it in order for my employer to introduce new costs?

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What you need to know:

  • There are two kinds employers. One group will blame their staff, or competitors who hire them.


  • They will look for ways to penalise leavers to force them to reconsider their decision to quit.


  • While this may seem like a logical way to deal with the challenge, it doesn’t consider the root cause of the problem.


  • Employees leave for various reasons such as lack of career growth, bad culture, poor work environment, bad bosses and poor pay.

I work in a role where I am required to wear uniform. My employer supplies us with a pair every year at no additional cost. Recently, he introduced a new policy which requires us to pay for the full cost of uniform should we resign. This has restricted us from looking for new jobs, and also affected our morale. Is the boss justified in introducing this policy?

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