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Litigating Against a Former Employer for Additional Compensation

At the end of an employment relationship, a former employee may assert that he or she is entitled to additional compensation from a former employer. This could be, for example, in the form of bonus, commissions, or profit...more

Word to the Wise: Commission Paid Employees

For several years, California law has required that whenever an employer hires an employee and “the contemplated method of payment of the employee involves commissions … the contract shall be in writing and shall set forth...more

Separate Compensation for Rest Breaks and Non-Productive Time Required for Non-Exempt Commissioned Employees

On February 28, 2017, in Vaquero, et al. v. Stoneledge Furniture LLC, the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District ruled that Wage Order 7-2001 (mercantile industry) requires employers to separately compensate...more

Paying Most Sales Employees Purely on Draw and Commission No Longer Lawful In California

Last month a California appellate court held that an employer violates California law by paying inside sales employees on a draw against commission. In Vaquero v. Stoneledge Furniture LLC, the court held that such a pay...more

California Employment Law Notes - March 2017

Victoria Zetwick, a county correctional officer, alleged that the county sheriff created a sexually hostile environment in violation of Title VII and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act by, among other things,...more

California Appellate Court Rules that - Like Piece Rate Workers - Employees Paid Commissions Are Entitled to Separate Rest Break...

A California appellate court ruled on February 28, 2017, in Vaquero v. Stoneledge Furniture LLC, that employees paid on a commission basis must be separately compensated for legally required rest breaks if their wages are...more

Commissioned California Employees Must Be Separately Compensated for Rest Periods

On February 28, 2017, the California Court of Appeal issued a significant decision in Vaquero v. Stoneledge Furniture LLC (No. B269657). The decision, which was certified for publication, is the first ruling by a California...more

Commission-Only Employees Entitled to Separately Paid Rest Periods

A California Court of Appeal recently ruled that employers who pay their non-exempt sales employees on commission must separately compensate them for mandatory rest periods. All California employers with commission-based...more

California Court of Appeal Expands Law on Separate Rest Break Payments

Employees who are paid solely on commission must receive separate compensation for rest breaks. On February 28, the California Court of Appeal ruled in Vaquero v. Stoneledge Furniture, LLC that employees who are paid...more

Commission-Based Employees in California Must Receive Separate Pay for Rest Breaks

Last week, in Vaquero v. Stoneledge Furniture, LLC, Case No. B269657, the California Court of Appeal decided that hourly employees that are exclusively compensated on a commission basis must also be separately paid for...more

Commissioned Employees Required to Receive Separate Compensation for Rest Breaks

A California appellate court ruled this week in Vaquero v. Stoneledge Furniture, LLC (No. B269657, filed February 28, 2017) that employees paid on commission are entitled to separate compensation for rest breaks. In a...more

California Auto Dealers Beware: Commission-Paid Dealership Employees Entitled To Separate Rest Period Pay

A California appellate court ruled on February 28, 2017, that employees paid on a commission basis must be separately compensated for legally required rest periods (Vaquero v. Stoneledge Furniture LLC). Although this decision...more

Employees Paid on Commission Basis Must Be Compensated Separately for Rest Periods

In Vaquero v. Stoneledge Furniture, LLC, (No. B269657, filed 2/28/17) the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District held employers must separately compensate their commission based employees for mandatory...more

Holiday pay includes commission (still)

Given the high numbers of potential holiday pay claims that British Gas has waiting in the wings it is unsurprising that following its loss at the Court of Appeal British Gas tried to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court....more

California Court Rules Commission-Paid Employees Are Entitled To Separate Rest Period Pay

A California appellate court ruled yesterday that workers paid on a commission basis must be separately compensated for legally required rest periods (Vaquero v. Stoneledge Furniture LLC). When combined with a state Supreme...more

Sales Plans Should Contain Specific Treatment of Trailing Commissions

When we review employee sales commission plans or compensation agreements with sales representatives, the plans generally contain detailed language regarding how commissions are calculated and paid. For example, the plans may...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - January 2017

False Ad Suit Survives When Consumers "Swept Into" Purchase - Why It Matters - A California Court of Appeal found that plaintiff consumers had raised triable issues of fact on whether they suffered damages in...more

SEC Staff Allows Brokers to Set Fund Commissions with “Clean Shares”

The SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued a no-action letter on January 11, 2017 explicitly permitting brokers to set their own commission rates for sales of so-called “clean shares” of mutual funds. Previously, as...more

Investment Management Update

SEC Issues Guidance on Mutual Fund Fee Structure - The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Investment Management recently issued a guidance update addressing disclosure issues and certain procedural...more

Multi-Jurisdictional Prosecutions and the SFO Show Teeth in Rolls Royce Settlement

Rolls Royce’s $800 million global settlement further solidifies what the future of anti-bribery and corruption enforcement looks like: multi-jurisdictional prosecutions based on egregious conduct supported by strong evidence....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

The emissions cheating scandal that recently cost VW $4.3 billion and a mess of criminal indictments isn’t, it seems, confined to the Germans. We heard months ago about a similar probe into Mitsubishi, and yesterday we...more

T’Was the Week After Christmas: General Cable and Mexico Aviation FCPA Prosecutions

You know this has been a big year in FCPA enforcement when DOJ and the SEC announce two FCPA settlements during the usually sleepy week between Christmas and New Years. And what a year it has been – more to follow in my...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Veteran’s Day in the US means Singles Day in China, the world’s biggest shopping day and a major test for Alibaba to keep growing on the day it helped invent....more

Business Litigation Alert: "Lesson Learned from Wells Fargo - What Your Board of Directors Needs to Know"

According to recent news reports, Wells Fargo management created an aggressive sales culture that encouraged employees to create thousands of fake accounts. News reports also suggest that the Board took no action regarding...more

Employment Matters – UK - October 2016

Results - Based Commission Should Be Included in Statutory Holiday Pay - The Court of Appeal has upheld the Employment Appeal Tribunal’s decision in Lock v British Gas. Under the Working Time Regulations, workers have...more

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