Cleary & Ors v B&Q Ireland Ltd  IEHC 119Posted In: Case Law
Case ReferenceIEHC 119
Legal BodyHigh Court of Ireland (IEHC)
Type of Claim / JurisdictionContracts of Employment, Pay
The Cleary case came before the High Court by way of an appeal under the Payment of Wages Act 1991. The Appellants were employees of B&Q. They challenged the employer’s retrospective discontinuance of a bonus scheme and the withdrawal of a 'zone allowance' payable to staff at three Dublin outlets in recognition of the higher cost of living in Dublin.
The case is of importance for its consideration of three questions:
- What does the word ‘discretionary’ mean when used in a bonus scheme?
- If a contract permits unilateral variation of the contract by the employer, does that mean that the employer can make a variation with retrospective effect?
- What is an ‘expense’ within the meaning of the
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