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The Ugly Side Of Salon & Spa Compensation

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Earlier this week, I was advising a client on the termination of one of their spa employees. During the course of the conversation about his poor performance, the issue of his compensation came up. Turns out, while the...more

Where’s The Rest Of My Pay?

In Vaquero v. Stoneledge Furniture LLC, a California Court of Appeal recently held that inside sales employees who are paid on a 100% commission basis must be separately compensated for their rest periods. Though inside...more

Key California Employment Law Cases: February 2017

by Payne & Fears on

The key California employment law cases from February 2017 involve collective bargaining/union and wage and hour issues. - Collective Bargaining/Union Issues - Vasserman v. Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 8 Cal....more

The Resurgence Of The Hourly Rate To Recognize Performance

by Fisher Phillips on

The minimum wage is here to stay, but it has become more complicated to apply to some classes of employees. Until this century, the issue of whether employees are adequately paid at the applicable minimum wage in California...more

California Employees Paid on Commission Must Be Paid Separately for Rest Breaks

A California court recently held that employees paid by commission must be separately paid for their rest breaks. The employer had a policy of paying furniture sales employees a guaranteed minimum hourly rate as a draw...more

Employees Paid on a Commission Basis Must Be Paid a Separate Minimum Wage for Rest Periods

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Employers who pay employees commissions should evaluate their compensation schemes to ensure compliance with California law in light of the California Court of Appeals’ recent ruling in Vaquero, et al. v. Stoneledge...more

Word to the Wise: Commission Paid Employees

by Weintraub Tobin on

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

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

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

by Fisher Phillips on

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

by Snell & Wilmer on

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

by Payne & Fears on

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

by Morgan Lewis on

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

by Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP on

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

by Weintraub Tobin on

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

by Fisher Phillips on

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)

by Dentons on

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

by Fisher Phillips on

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

Holiday pay includes commission (unsurprisingly)

by Dentons on

The eagerly-awaited Court of Appeal decision in British Gas v Lock has now been handed down. The hope for this decision was twofold: that it would clarify whether or not holiday pay should take into account commission...more

What Is The Section 7(i) Exemption And Does It Apply To Auto Dealer Service Advisers?

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Over the summer, the U.S. Supreme Court punted on the question of whether “Service Advisers” or “Service Writers” at auto dealerships fall within the Fair Labor Standards Act’s exemption for “any salesman, partsman, or...more

100 Days Until the New Overtime Rule Takes Effect: Is Your Company Ready?

On December 1, 2016, the annual cost of classifying most executive, administrative, or professional employees as “exempt” from the overtime rules more than doubles ($23,660 to $47,476). Is your company ready for this change?...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Reaffirms the Right of an Employer to Determine When Commissions Are Paid

As a general proposition, under Connecticut law an employer has the right to determine the wage that will be paid for work performed by an employee, subject to basic requirements such as minimum wage or overtime. For wages...more

Supreme Court Passes Automobile Dealership Service Advisor Exemption Issue Back to Lower Court

On June 20, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to provide a definitive opinion on a pay issue that has concerned automobile dealerships for years. The question involves whether dealership service advisors fall under the...more

What Bonuses and Incentive Payments Count As "Discretionary" Under The New Exemption Rules?

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

One of the more surprising changes in the new FLSA overtime exemption rules is a provision allowing  certain bonuses, commissions, and incentive pay to count for up to 10% of the new increased minimum salary level. However,...more

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