Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Do I Have to Be Employed to Get the Bonus or Commission I Earned?

Commissions and Bonuses Are Matters of Contract - Most Commission or Bonus Plans State That an Employee Who Has Earned a Bonus or Commission Must Be Employed on the Date That the Commission or Bonus is Paid Out in Order to Be Entitled to Payment

Allow me to break it down simply.

Neither state nor federal laws require the payments or bonuses or commissions; they only require the payment of minimum wage.


Bonus Plans or Commission Plans are included within company policies that are typically available for review by employees.

These Plans are contractual obligations created by employers that must be followed.

Courts will generally honor the words stated in the Plans.

Most Bonus or Commission Plans provide that only employees employed on the date the bonuses or commissions are actually disbursed to employees will be entitled to payment of same.

You want to read the Plans to determine if that is the case where your job is concerned.

Absent such language, you may be able to recover bonus or commissions due to you even if you are no longer employed with the company on the day they are paid out.

If you have earned a bonus or commission that you have not been paid, Pennsylvania law provides substantial remedies; we often sue companies who owe bonuses or commissions on a contingent fee basis.



Philadelphia Area Bonus and Commission Attorney Representing Employees

John A. Gallagher is an employment lawyer who represents employees in Pennsylvania. 

John typically represents employees who need an employment lawyer in Philadelphia County, Chester County, Delaware County, Bucks County, Berks County, Lancaster County and Montgomery County.

Pennsylvania Employment Attorney Provides Free Telephone Consultations for Bonus and Commission Questions

If you are looking for an employment lawyer, and live in Malvern, Wayne, King of Prussia, Downingtown, Glenside, Doylestown, Radnor, Newtown Square, Exton, Philadelphia, West Chester, Skippack, Langhorne, Haverford, Nether Providence, Broomall, Drexel Hill, Reading or any of their surrounding towns, feel free to send me an e-mail or give me a call.  I am always glad to spend some time with people via a free telephone consultation.

Need an Employment Labor Lawyer Near Philadelphia to Help With a Question About Your Bonus or Commission?

Click Here if you have questions about any aspect of employment law, from wrongful termination, to wage and overtime claims, to discrimination and retaliation laws, to Family and Medical Leave

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