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The contention of the Management is not correct. The sailors may change but the ship goes on is equally applicable to a business entity when there is change in its ownership. If the earlier Company was deemed to have been closed consequent on the addition of new partners and change of its name, under whose authority the existing employees like yourself were permitted to continue their services? Whether any fresh appointment orders were issued in the modified name of the Company? Was there any break in the services of the employees due to the change in the composition of the Management? Whether there was any break in the business operations of the Company during the period/process of change in ownership? Such factual and legal questions need to be answered by the Management for denying your gratuity on the ground of change in ownership. Therefore, better engage the services of a Counsel and send a formal notice for gratuity under the Payment of Gratuity Act,1972 to the Company immediately. If no reply is received within the stipulated time or the claim is refuted on whatever grounds, file a formal claim for gratuity together with interest for the entire period of default before the Controlling Authority under the Act for the area.