contract renewal bonus payment after having left the company

I had a position with an employer that had entailed a signing bonus to be paid after a year of employment and contingent upon staying for another year. I left that company three months ago which was prior to the contract renewal. Today I discovered that my previous employer deposited the bonus into my checking account. What is the legal standing on a bonus that is paid on a contract that had already been voided prior to payment?

1 answer  |  asked Feb 24, 2017 08:00 AM [EST]  |  applies to Pennsylvania

Answers (1)

Scott Leah
If you did not earn the bonus, because you failed to comply with the terms for eligibility, then the employer may have a claim to recoup the money if it was paid in error.

To be safe, I would leave the money in the account for some period of time, in case the employer seeks to recoup it. If you don't hear from the employer after that period of time, you may be okay spending the money.

posted by Scott Leah  |  May 18, 2017 06:21 AM [EST]

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