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Can employers withhold bonus payments from staff?

A quick background on my situation: I have been in the workforce for ten years and with my current employer for almost two years now. As part of my package with my current employer, I am eligible for a 15% performance bonus.

I met all agreed targets for 2018, but didn't receive a bonus in January 2019. When I asked my supervisor why I did not receive it, he told me that the company hadn't met the growth targets and that the payment of bonuses would be delayed indefinitely.

From what I have read, Swiss companies have the ability to withhold bonus payments from employees. However, my bonus is part of my contract: it specifically states that I am entitled to one, but the amount is based on both company and personal performance. Can the company really deny me the bonus payment in this case?

I guess I cannot quit my job yet. My understanding is that I would be heavily penalised or even not getting any "chômage" at all.

Thank you for the help.
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