A manager drunkenly told an employee that she could have a Christmas bonus - can he retract this statement without risk of liability?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 7 December 2010
Emma-Jane Flannery
Arthur Cox

A case like this went to tribunal - the employee claimed that he had been promised a substantial pay rise by his manager towards the end of a party. It was concluded that, considering the environment in question, the manager would not have intended to enter into a legally-binding contractual commitment.

Other legal decisions, however, may not follow this case. Make sure your managers do not make hollow promises at the Christmas party as this could end up having significant and costly consequences.

A warning to the managers in advance that if they promise bonuses or pay rises, they may find

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Emma-Jane Flannery
Arthur Cox

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