Bonuses

Many employers operate contractual or discretionary bonus schemes to incentivise their employees.

A major legal issue for employers is to decide whether bonuses under the scheme are intended to be contractual or discretionary, and ensure that this is clearly reflected in the relevant employees’ contracts of employment.


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Pay: Why companies need to figure out what’s “fair”

The introduction of pay ratio disclosures, further likely regulation on the remit of remuneration committees, and stakeholder voice within the...

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More companies hold on to key staff after mergers, says report

2 Nov 2017

Almost four-fifths of companies that have gone through a merger or acquisition have managed to hold on to their ‘acquired...

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Revising a contract of employment: tips to avoid unfair dismissal

2 Mar 2017

Employers must tread carefully when revising a contract of employment. Joanna Sutton offers tips to avoid unfair dismissal claims or ...

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Bonus season: five mistakes employers can make

14 Feb 2017

Reports have suggested that RBS, majority-owned by the taxpayer, will shell out some £340 million in staff bonuses this year,...

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Is legislation the answer to fat cat bonuses and poor corporate governance?

27 Jan 2017

With employee representation off the agenda, should the Government bring in new corporate governance regulations to make executive pay fairer...

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Are bonuses becoming more like a service charge than a tip?

10 Jan 2017

As the bonus season begins, Gerry O’Neill looks at whether the annual “incentive” has become less of a discretionary gratuity...

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Male managers more likely to be promoted than women

23 Aug 2016

Women continue to receive fewer promotions and earn less than men, according to the latest National Management Survey from XpertHR...

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Bosses still being rewarded for underperformance

10 May 2016

Despite falling short of performance expectations, nearly a quarter of managers are still taking home extra pay on top of...

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Draft gender pay reporting regulations published

12 Feb 2016

League tables showing how well companies are tackling their gender pay gap will be published by the Government in 2018...

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Employment law in Mexico: six striking facts

18 Jan 2016

Do blue-collar and white-collar workers have to be paid at different intervals? Is it mandatory to pay Mexican employees a...

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Gender pay gap reports extended to include bonuses and public sector

26 Oct 2015

David Cameron and women and equalities minister Nicky Morgan have announced new measures to eradicate inequality in the workplace and...

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Long-service awards offered by two-thirds of employers

9 Sep 2015

As the Queen overtakes Queen Victoria as Britain’s longest reigning monarch, XpertHR research shows that just under two-thirds (63%) of...

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What could reward look like in 2025?

27 Aug 2015

With huge changes predicted to how and where we work over the next 10 years, what does this mean for...

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How to get the most out of good leaver/bad leaver provisions

12 Jun 2015

Kate Schmit and Nicholas Atkins look at the use of good leaver/bad leaver provisions to incentivise employees, and suggest that...

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One-third of underperforming managers still receive bonuses

3 Jun 2015

Companies are routinely giving bonuses to underperforming managers, according to the latest pay data from XpertHR and the Chartered Management...

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