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Firstly, I want to say a big well done to you on the great write ups your have on your website. Please I need your advice.
My present employer has not paid field operations staff any field bonuses for over 3 consecutive years now. This bonus is normally based on field jobs each staff mobilizes for. This field bonus is not mentioned in the employment letter, but is stated in the Staff Manual/Policy Handbook. The employment letter stipulates that the Staff Manual describes the conditions and benefits applicable to every staff, and that the company reserves the right to make changes to the manual as they deem necessary/desireable.
What is the best line of action to take to get these unpaid bonuses? Also, what is the Nigerian legal position on this type of bonus? Will it be wise to take legal action against a present employer on this issue?
Thanks for your anticipated response.
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Thank you for your questions.

1. What is the best line of action to take to get these unpaid bonuses?: We suggest that you follow the same process as you would for unpaid salary in order to make a claim for the unpaid bonus. You can find out the process here – http://lawpadi.com/latenon-payment-salary/

2. What is the Nigerian legal position on this type of bonus?: There is no law that prevents this. It is a perfectly legal arrangement between an employer and an employee.

3. Will it be wise to take legal action against a present employer on this issue?: This is entirely up to you, however a more practical solution would be to try to negotiate with the management of the company for the bonuses.

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