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Am I entitled to a bonus and, if so, is it entirely discretionary?
Whether you are entitled to bonus payments depends on whether there is an agreement between you and your employer.
If there is an express term in your contract saying you will be paid a bonus, or an implied term by virtue of custom and practice, then you have a contractual right to a bonus, meaning that if your employer failed to pay your bonus when due, this would be a breach of contract.
If your contract makes it clear that the bonus is paid at the employer’s discretion, then you may not be contractually entitled to the payment. But, even if your bonus is discretionary, your employer must not: