Over the years I've seen a lot of wisdom from OzBargainers - so here I am seeking your help!
A friend of mine resigned recently and his company decided to terminate his employment on the day of resignation rather than getting him to serve out his notice period.
On the day, he confirmed details of the company properties in his possession, including the usual WFH provisions such as a monitor, laptop, mobile phone and a company vehicle.
The Sydney lock down restriction has tightened on his day of resignation and he happened to be living in one of the "hot spots" so not permitted to leave his suburb.
He recently received a call from HR stating "we won't release your final pay unless all properties are returned" - after explaining the lockdown restrictions, the company agreed to send someone to pick up the company properties instead, and also stating "normally it is the employee’s responsibility to ensure all property is returned to the company, and not normal for the company to chase or pick up the equipment."
On balance, I don't think he has left the company on good terms because there were unresolved conflicts with his manager (part of the reasons why he left).
Now the company has been extremely slow in arranging the pick up and not responding to his emails / calls. He's unsure if he will receive his final pay on time which is difficult for him financially.
1. do you think it's right that the final pay is subject to a return of company properties? I don't think so because he clearly wants them returned!
- do you think it's "normally" an employee responsibility to return company properties - noting all the properties were provided to facilitate the "working from home" arrangements for the benefit of the company.