Hi all. Recently I began my own business, What legal and monetary obligations do I have toward an employment agency in regards to training costs for a new employee and ongoing wages subsidies? Story: I need another trainer to work with me presenting, was hoping to begin this in Nov but it will now probably begin in late Feb. My future sub-contractor approached a employment service to see whether they would cover the costs of their training $3500 which I cannot cover. I sent a letter "to whom it may concern" setting out my needs and intention of employing this person. I received a phone call shortly after from the employment company confirming my details and info in letter and asking whether it was true that I could provide 2 days a week work, I balked at this question as I cannot guarantee this as I need to build my business and find the work first. I rang him and addressed this saying"did he understand my intent was to sub-contract not employ and that there was no prescribed hours as yet?" He acknowledged this and said they, the agency,"just needed to hear some buzz words". A month ago I had a meeting with the future employee after he suggested a partnership instead, we left the meeting on good terms and had agreed to go our own separate ways and work as sub-contractors to each other in the future, he stated he would pay for the training himself-all employer/employee agreements were off. I rang him today to check on him, he informed me that the employment agency was paying for his training in October, when I questioned this saying,"what does that mean?" he said "don't worry, we will just have to cook the books" Obviously I am freaked out, I have had no correspondence since the phone call from the employment agency, I have just rung them and they have already paid for the training and said I have no obligation, however they expect to get a start date from me and they expect me to provide 195 hours of work for him in 13 weeks from that start date. I am very uneasy, is this true and what obligations are there, if any?