Connecticut Employees Can Keep Unearned Commissions Unless Employment Agreement Expressly Requires Repayment of Advances


In a rare decision on compensation issues, the Connecticut Supreme Court has decided that an employee is not required to repay advances of unearned commissions unless there is an express or implied agreement that requires such repayment. The decision in Ravetto v. Triton Thalassic Technologies, Inc., makes clear that Connecticut employers that pay commissions need to carefully review their commission plans and all documents that describe commission to ensure they are sufficiently clear and specific to require an employee to repay advances of commissions that he or she has failed to earn.

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