Hiring Bonus Law and Legal Definition

A hiring bonus is an extra amount of money provided at time of hire as an incentive to an applicant to accept a job offer or to make up for compensation forfeited at the previous company. Hiring bonuses can be a very effective leverage point in attracting talent. Used wisely, it can sway a candidate who is on the fence for one reason or another.

In drafting legal agreement for a hiring bonus, it is important to define what exactly is included in the amount, such as whether it includes or is separate from relocation expenses, etc.