Contractual Pay Rise v One-off Payments – the Pros and Cons of Each Solution

Posted in : Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 21 November 2022
Seamus McGranaghan
O'Reilly Stewart Solicitors
Issues covered: Contracts of Employment

Christine:  Yeah. So we've got contractual pay rise on one hand, which obviously becomes a legal obligation once you do it, it's in the contract there, versus the one-off payment. So how would you manage a one-off payment? How do you express that to make sure it's not, "Oh, it's October. It's time for my one-off payment again"?

Seamus:  Yeah, there is that risk. And just going back to the poll there, clearly we can see that the contractual payment is the way that the majority of employers have gone. Second, then, you have this aspect of the one-off payment.

Again, Christine, it's just about good communication. I think that if there is a one-off payment being made, it needs to

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Seamus McGranaghan
O'Reilly Stewart Solicitors

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