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


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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