By: Diane Benjamin
Just because MANY units of government think they have to right to fork over your money to employees for Christmas that doesn’t mean it’s legal.
This time I will steal some quotes from a story the Edgar County Watchdogs just posted:
As we have previously noted, Christmas Bonuses for public employees, or bonuses of any kind, violate state law (Article VII, Section 1 of the Constitution and the Wage Payment and Collection Act) when there are no written employment agreements spelling out such bonuses, along with measurable results required to obtain said bonuses.
According to the Illinois Administrative Code for the Wage Payment and Collection Act, “An employee has a right to an earned bonus when there is an unequivocal promise by the employer and the employee has performed the requirements set forth in the bonus agreement between the parties and for all of the required conditions for receiving the bonus set forth in the bonus agreement have been met.”
Without the written agreement, any bonuses are an impermissible gifting of public funds.
If any unit of government thinks they can legally give every employee a $50 gift certificate for Christmas, what keeps them from giving every employee much more?
They all need to knock it off!
So far the Town of Normal has been the worst offender!
Thanks John Kraft!