Seyfarth Synopsis: The Office of the California Labor Commissioner (aka the DLSE) recently issued an opinion letter explaining how employers should calculate sick pay for commissioned employees. Somewhat surprisingly, the letter counsels that the rate of sick time pay for these employees must be calculated using one of the schemes applicable to non-exempt employees—even if the commissioned employees qualify as
Continue Reading Sick of Wondering: Guidance on Sick Pay for Commissioned Employees

Update:  In April we reported on a California appellate court decision, Gonzales v. Downtown LA Motors, which held that an employer paying on a piece-rate basis must pay a separate “hourly” rate for time spent waiting between compensable piece-rate tasks.  The California Supreme Court recently denied review in Gonzalez v. Downtown LA Motors.  If you are wondering what
Continue Reading Update — California Courts: a Piece of Work?

If you are employing piece-rate employees who don’t get paid for downtime, California Courts have just given you a piece of their minds. 

In Gonzalez v. Downtown LA Motors, a group of car repair technicians who were paid on a piece-rate basis brought a class action to recover unpaid minimum wages for the time they spent waiting between repairs. 
Continue Reading California Courts: a Piece of Work?