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BANGKOK 19 April 2019 14:15
brianp0803

Penalties in Teaching Contract legal and enforceable?

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An international school has a contract that does not give the option of giving 2-3 months notice before quitting.  There is no possible way listed to terminate the contract.  Therefore, a couple teachers left the day after receiving their salary (without notice). Not sure what happened to them.

 

The contract states the if for any reason the teacher does not complete the contract, then the teacher much pay back 2 months salary and the school will put a black mark on our record with Krupsapa Teaching Council.  It is in the contract that I signed, but can they really enforce it?  I'm guessing that if a new school wanted to hire me that the old school would make it extremely difficult for them to hire me.  I'm guessing that they could not   

 

If I want the job I must sign the contract, I am agreeing to everything - but can it be enforced.  If a new school wants to hire me, do they check with Krupsapa first about any black marks?  Would Krupsapa not allow the new contract?  Of course a new school can ask for references.  I would never enter a contract with the intention of breaking it, but sometimes circumstances make this necessary.  But, it does set a tone for the school environment.  

 

The school asked the teachers to sign a new contract 17 January 2019 promising to work until the end of the next school year Aug 2019-Aug 2020.  Upon the teacher committing in writing to continue for another year, the school verbally told the teachers they will have a job next school year.  The school will sign and return the contract when school starts again on 1 August 2019. 

 

I would think that until the school signs and returns the contract - then there is no contract.  But impossible to prove the school never returned the signed contract. 

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I doubt that. - OTOH, give proper notice and wait and see to get suckered or shafted. Like being asked to leave earlier than the 3 months.

 

No good deed will be (...)

 

You think they will go to Labour Court? Ask those guys what happened? - I sympathize with the school being left in the lurcch. OTOH, there will be some compelling reasons for their action the schoolsw has controlled.

 

Often, admin sucks big time.

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Why work for an organization that threatens employees in this way?.... move on, find something better 

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On 3/29/2019 at 11:06 AM, brianp0803 said:

The contract states the if for any reason the teacher does not complete the contract, then the teacher much pay back 2 months salary and the school will put a black mark on our record with Krupsapa Teaching Council.

As far as I know the top tier and good international schools do not have anything to do with the Krusapa teaching council.  It is time for you to get out..

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if it smells like shit, looks like shit then probably it is a flower

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A school can get you blacklisted for 2 years  in the profession and visa type if they can prove that you breached the contract and can be bothered seeing it through to the department.

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what does the labor law say ?

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I take pride in being a person of my word, and one that honors contracts, and maintains perfect credit.  However, I can't blame many of the "runners." There are countless stories of teachers getting burned and contracts not being honored.  Leaving immediately after payday is usually the best way to minimize losses.  It is hard work, and there are significant expenses involved in working as a teacher, or anywhere else.  I started working as a degreed substitute in 1996 for sixty USD per day.  I soon found out that a high number of people in education have zero business sense, and most never played on a team.  Administrators were simply burned out teachers, leaving the classroom for more money.  And of course, when "it's not about the money," it is almost always about the money.

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