Emoluments which the employer grants to the employee on a discretionary basis, i.e. without being under any legal obligation to do so. They include, for example, emoluments which exceed those stipulated by collective agreements, arbitration awards, laws, ministerial decisions or other regulatory provisions. They are paid optionally and not in performance of the contract of employment. However, if the employer grants such an emolument regularly and the employee accepts it, a tacit agreement is established and the employer may no longer withdraw it or reduce its level unless he or she has expressly reserved the right to do so. See pay/wage .
Please note: the European industrial relations glossaries were compiled between 1991 and 2003 and are not updated. For current material see the European industrial relations dictionary.