golden handcuffs

noun
a series of raises, bonuses, etc., given at specified intervals or tied to length of employment so as to keep an executive from leaving the company.

Origin:
1985–90

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golden handcuffs
 
pl n
informal payments deferred over a number of years that induce a person to stay with a particular company or in a particular job

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golden handcuffs

Financial benefits that an employee will lose upon resigning, as in The company's presented all the middle managers with golden handcuffs, so they can't afford to leave. This slangy business expression dates from the 1970s.

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We make a lot of money from him, and suddenly you're wearing golden handcuffs.
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