Use "recapture" Agreements for Training
While this is becoming more common, it is costly to the businesses they leave. For certain types of training, especially training that leads to some sort of professional or occupational certification, it is a good idea to have employees sign a recapture agreement that calls for the employee to reimburse the employer on a prorated basis for the cost of the training received if they leave prior to a specified time frame. Most agreements are for one year, but this varies widely depending on the depth and expense associated with the training. For example, suppose an employee will be attending a certification program at company expense in the amount of $10,000. If the recapture agreement uses a one-year "retention period" and the employee leaves 6 months after receiving the training, the employee would be expected to repay $5,000. These agreements help protect the organization's investment in that employee.