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End of service benefits / gratuity?

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If you please, I have a question about the end of service benefits that I am entitled to. I am a Western expat working for a large multinational company .

My employer recently gave me a 30 days notice of termination from my unlimited contract (non-free zone company). The ostensible reason for the termination was that approximately 4 months ago I told my company (in writing) that I was considering pursuing a Master's degree in my home country. If I was accepted to the Master's program, which I estimated carried less than a 50% chance, then I would leave the company around September 2012. If I was not accepted, than I said I would like to stay on. I still do not know if I was accepted or not.

When then notified me of the termination, they said they had already hired a replacement that would begin working in the same capacity next week. They also said that they were very happy with my work, so there were no work performance issues.

Can you please clarify what end of service benefits I am entitled to? Is this a just cause for termination? How does my notice of potentially joining a Master's program help or hurt my case?

Thanks and regards.
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I have to ask, why would you ever give such a letter to your employer? I can see no reason for informing an employer that you might possibly leave if something happens.

Your EoS gratuity is only based on how long you worked there (21 days for each year assuming you work a complete year). If you resign, they do not have to give you the entire amount (it is usually 1/3 and should be in your contract). I doubt you have a case for wrongful termination, but if you threaten taking them to MoL they might give you the 3-months to avoid a hassle.
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