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Employer not Paying Bonus Pennsylvania

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  • Employer not Paying Bonus Pennsylvania

    I resigned on October 25th and the company tells me that it is policy that I have to be employed on Dec 31st of 2006 to receive my annual bonus payout.

    We have been paid bonus quarterly up until this year and at the time of the payout change no communication was made verbally or in writing that the employee must be employeed on Dec 31st to be paid the bonus.

    The day that I gave my resignation a policy appeared which was never given to me or communicated to me in my 7 year tenure with the business. I achieved all of my objectives by September.

    Do I have a legitament complaint?

    Because the policy

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    I don't think so. Not unless you had a written contractual agreement that 1) the bonus would be paid quarterly; 2) timing of payout could not change without your being notified and; 3) you did not have to be an active employee at the time of payment.

    I don't disagree that the employer erred in judgment by not notifying you of the change. However, having a requirement that the employee is an active employee at the time of payment of a bonus is very common. There are very few states in which the law overrides this policy and, to my knowledge, Pennsylvania is not one of them.

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