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Follow a course at the expense of your boss

How can you make your boss pay for your education

Do you want to increase your professional knowledge by following a course? Sounds good. Do you want to gain knowledge and skills with which you can do more for your employer? Even better. Do you want to use your training budget for this? Awesome! A lot of courses start again in September. Is there something in between for you? And what should you pay attention to if you want to use your training budget? We list it for you.

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Training budget

Your collective labor agreement or employment contract often states whether you can make use of a training budget. It is also possible that your employer has a development policy: an internal policy with the aim of further developing employees. Ask your manager or HR specialist whether there is such a development policy in your organization.

Also pay attention to the conditions that a study program must meet in order to use your training budget for it. And check whether your training budget has an 'expiration date': if you don't use it before that day, you can lose it.

Cost of your training

As an employee, you often receive a training agreement. In this, you make agreements with your employer about the training you are going to do and when you must complete the training. The agreement also states how the costs will be divided. Does your employer pay all or part? This should be completely clear in advance. The same applies to any study costs clause or a repayment arrangement.

In addition, a new law on training costs will come into effect from 1 August. If you follow a training course that is required by law or your collective labor agreement from that date, your employer must pay for it. Usually no study costs clause may apply for this. Be well informed about this.

Reimbursement Scheme

Does your employer have a study costs clause or reimbursement scheme? In principle, your employer will often pay the costs of your training. But if you don't complete it, you have to repay (part of) the training costs to your employer. This also applies if you leave employment shortly after your training. How much do you have to pay back? That depends on the time since your training. The longer your employer has been able to take advantage of your new knowledge or skills, the less reasonable it is that you have to repay all costs. This is also very important to clearly state in your training agreement.

Please note: your employment contract or collective labor agreement may also contain information about reimbursement of costs if you leave employment before a certain date. Sometimes it also states that you must repay the wages for the study hours that you have followed during working hours.

Do you pay for your training yourself?

If you do not receive compensation from your employer for a course, you may be able to cover the study costs tax deductions. There is a threshold amount of € 250, anything above that you can deduct in the year you paid it. Please note: keep the invoice safe, the tax authorities may request this.

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Annoying surprises? Switch De Unie in!

Have your training agreement checked before you sign it? We will gladly go through it for you! And do you suddenly have to pay for your training, even though you thought – or even agreed – that your employer would bear the costs? Please contact De Unie. Our legal specialists will analyze your training agreement, employment contract or collective labor agreement and tell you exactly what you are entitled to.

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