Apparently the French have some unhappy employees, who didn't know they were contractually entitled to nothing, on their hands.
From the mailbag:
"For some reason, BNP has a "policy" that you'd have to be here for full year to be qualified for bonus. Some bullshit that's not disclosed to its employees when they are hired or flagrant lie. Aside from incompetency aside, management has had a great reputation for being two-faced. They hire people mid year to justify their position and let the highest up take the pie.