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Is it legal to require us to be in the showroom without some kind of regular compensation? Interesting question. The FLSA requires that a minimum wage be paid, even in the context of commission only employees, if the employee is required to work specified hours.
As an example, if you are working 40 hours per week and the minimum wage is $7.25, then at a minimum, you should be paid $290 for the week. If your commissions for the week were $200, then your employer owes you the difference of $90. If your commissions exceed minimum wage, then the employer owes you nothing but the commissions that you have earned.
So, it is legal to require you to be there without regular compensation, however the employer owes you at least minimum wage for the work period that you are required to work.
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