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There, I wonder if you can help me, I receive a bonus but

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Hi there, I wonder if you can help me, I receive a bonus but have a clause in my contract as follows : You must be an active. permanent employee of ?? at the time of the bonus distribution (end March in order to receive your bonus. If your employment is terminated for any reason prior to this date you will not be entitled to any payments under the bonus plan. If I have handed in my notice but my notice period ends on the last day of March an I still entitle to my bonus?
Hello so just to check the payment date is at the end of March and your last day of employment is also at the end of March?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I want to hand in my notice at the end of January and I need to give 9 weeks notice so I will be within my notice period at the end of March, so yes
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Looking at the wording of the clause you should still be entitled to receive the bonus if you proceed as planned. It states that you must be an active employee at the time your bonus becomes payable. This means that you should still be employed by the company. It does not specifically state that you cannot be under notice of termination. So the fact you are serving your notice period should not affect this as the only requirement is that you are still employed by them. Therefore, as long as you ensure that on the payment date you are still employed by them, even if your employment would terminate soon after, you should still receive the bonus as per the terms.
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