Distinguishing a one-time bonus to avoid future liability for more

How to clarify when single payout is just that so employees don't expect it again
By Colin Gibson
|Canadian Employment Law Today

Question:

We are a non-profit organization funded largely by the provincial government, which has provided us with some additional funding for salary increases but not enough to cover the increase in the cost of living. We would like to use other funding sources to provide our employees with a cost of living "bonus" this year, but we may not be able to do it again in the future. The bonus isn’t related to profits or performance and it will be across-the-board. We are looking for some wording other than "bonus" for this payment.

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