There is a question that to me appears to be appears to be clearly off-topic in that it deals with regulations and legal matters. The name alone tells one that:

Are revenue or profit sharing considered nondiscretionary bonuses when determining the salary base in the FLSA “Final Rule” overtime exemption rules?

I attempted to nominate for closure but am prevented from doing so because it has a bounty for the next 3 days.

Why does putting a bounty on a question prevent the topicality guidelines from being enforced?

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    This doesn't answer your actual question, but I don't believe that question would be considered off-topic. It falls under the category of being legal, but something that your typical HR person should know the answer to. See this Meta answer for more discussion on the topic of how much 'legal' is allowable.
    – David K
    Jun 22, 2016 at 18:43
  • Turnabout is fair play. I had this happen to a question I considered off-topic a few months ago. :) Suffice to say that I wouldn't put a bounty on a question I'd consider off-topic and I'm basing that on the meta answer @DavidK linked.
    – Lilienthal Mod
    Jun 22, 2016 at 22:00
  • Fully agree with David K, a competent local HR manager would be able to answer this without consulting their lawyer. If only the community would uphold the same standards when local≠US.
    – Myles
    Jun 23, 2016 at 14:37

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It looks like this question has already asked over at Meta.SO:

Why can't I vote to close a question that has a bounty on it?

And a related question at Meta SE:

How can we close questions with bounties?

To summarize, closing a question prevents further answers, so any bounty would then be unfairly applied to only the first answers, which aren't always as thought out. However, a question can still be closed, but it needs to be done by a moderator. Flag the question, and the moderator has the ability to refund the bounty and close the question.

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