Hello again Michael and thank you for that clarification, it helped. As far as the statute of limitations in NYS goes in regards XXXXX XXXXX an oral contracts, your claims for these wages under a contract theory would be valid for 6 years from the date they are due. So, you are still within the SOL.
The bigger issue for you is who the liable party is. A large part of that answer depends on the language of the transfer
documents from each employing entity with the other. In other words, if there are statements in the transfer documents that say that they are transfering assets but not liabilities, then you would ultimately have to sue the actual entity that existed at the time your bonus was due. However, if the wage and bonus agreement continued through each ownership phase, then the current employing entity would be on the hook to pay this.
It is positive support of the fact that the NUSA organization would likely be the appropriate entity to sue, if they did not pay you, by what you said in the following line" "merged group and presented with a new Compensation Plan which noted that previous Comp plans are now ended
and the new agreement is in effect from that time period." They acknowledge that they were bound by the previous compensation plans until the change.
Please let me know if you have any specific follow up questions. I would be glad to assist you further if I can.