Do mandatory meetings have to be paid

If I am a commission only sales
person,but not a 1099, does my company
have to pay me hourly for a mandatory
meeting? Or can they force you to go and
threaten job security with no pay for
the meeting?

Asked on September 20, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

No, they do not need to pay a commission-only sales person for a meeting: commission-only staff can be and required to do non-sales things--that is, things which themselves do not generate commission, like filing out sales and expense reports, helping to pack up samples to show customers, and also meetings-without providing additional compensation. The meeting can be mandatory despite not being paid; if you do not appear for it, you can be terminated. 
The only people who are paid for every moment they work are hourly staff.


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