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I worked for a fast food restaurant for five years and got promoted to shift manager back in August. Upon being promoted I was told I would receive bonuses for meeting labor goals, food cost, and getting a certain score on our secret shop. We met all of the goals for September (the bonuses were monthly, but paid every quarter) but I had to quit because I relocated to finish school at the end of October. They are now saying that I won't get my bonus for September. I wasn't sure if that was legal and if not how would I go about getting my bonus paid. Thanks for your help!

If the company will not pay your bonus you will have to file a claim with the Department of Employment for unpaid wages. State it was an earned bonus before your termination. They will investigate and if you are owed the money and legally they must pay it the Department of Labor will have them pay it to you. Either way they will investigate and you will have an answer.


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Shirley McAllister, CPP, PHR


I can answer questions about payroll laws and payroll tax laws and Human Resource laws and agencies. I can answer federal payroll and human resource law questions and most states; I do not have a knowledge of the local taxes for cities and counties within the state. If and when I can I will try and send you the website where you can reference the answer and where you can obtain more information as well as a contact number if needed for that particular agency. Some agencies I have worked with are IRS, Department of Labor (federal and state), Revenue Canada (and provincial governments), Inland Revenue, OSHA (0ccupational Safety and Health Administration); Social Security Administration and National Child Support as well as other agencies in Payroll and Human Resources. Some Laws I am particularly familiar with are FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act), ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act), FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act ) , QDRO's, QMCSO's, and other support orders and garnishments, USERRA (Uniformed Services Employment and Remployment Rights Act,PPA Act (Pension Protection Act of 2006, As well as most other employment type acts. I am also well versed in the Title V Civil Rights Act and the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).


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