I formally resigned late April 2016 at my previous employer for personal reasons. Upon my last day, HR informed me that I can get my backpay 2-3 weeks from then. The coverage of my backpay will be my supposed 13th-month-pay and the rest of what I was supposed to earn from the latest cut-off.
So 3 weeks had passed and my backpay was still with them because HR advised me that I had to wait for the boss to come in. I had to wait an additional 2-3 weeks (if memory serves me right) since the boss wasn't around.
And just today, after several follow-ups, HR texted me that there was an advise from one of the managers that my pay should have a deduction.
During my stay, I was advised by the boss to avail of this equipment for a store. So I followed instruction. The item came in when I was already resigned and no longer with the company. Apparently I found out that they are no longer interested with the item and therefore returned it to the supplier, which lead to the supplier asking for a refund fee.
Now, the advise from one of the managers was to deduct the refund fee from my backpay.
I wanted to get some insights as to what I should do. I personally think that it should no longer be deducted from my pay because it was their instruction to avail of the item and the decline was made when I was no longer part of the company.
I'm hoping for your legal insights on this.