Can an employer charge me to use their equipment?

I worked for this insurance company. When they hired me, they required me to first purchase a license from them and a computer before I could start working. It was a commissioned job that also forced me to put 25% of my earnings into a “loss safety net” where they would pull money out of it whenever a sale was started but didn’t go through completely.

Asked on September 6, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Colorado

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Yes, an employer may require you to buy or lease/rent equipment from them, just as employers could require you to purchase a uniform or safety equipment from them. They may also require employees to make some provision for sales which do not go through or are not consummated, so long as the employee is still being paid at least minimum wage.


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