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A commissioned employee who provides services to retail consumers must earn 1.5 times the minimum wage in order to qualify for the federal exemption from being paid as an hourly employee. There is no way that an employer can consistently pay its employees nothing. Licensed real estate and insurance professionals have a statutory exception which permits them to be classified as 1099 independent contractors, so that an employer does not need to pay minimum wage. But, to pay an employee as an employee and not pay anything is simply a legal impossibility.
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