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If an employee is being paid both hourly and commission but

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If an employee is being paid both hourly and commission but at separate times (I.e. commission from 9:30am to 1:30pm and hourly from 1:30pm to 5:30pm) how does that work? If you start a client at 1pm and you're on commission, yet it rolls over into hourly schedule, would that still be considered commission?
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To be clear, when the employee is on commission, the employee only receives money from commission; and when paid on an hourly basis receives nothing from commissions? Is the employee performing the same duties regardless?

Has this arrangement (especially the one regarding the commission structure) been put in writing and signed by the employee and employer?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Yes, when the employee is on commission the employee only receives commission; and yes when paid on hourly receives no commissions. It's a salon, so as far as doing hair, yes the same duties are applied; but as far as being mandated to be present during commission hours and cleaning duties in the salon, no the duties are not the same.

Yes, the agreement was put in writing and signed by employee, employer/business owner, and manager.
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Since an employee must be paid on either a commission basis or an hourly basis for all work that they perform, the employee would be entitled to commissions on all clients that the employee starts on prior to 1:30 that then cross over into the hourly time.

If not, the employee would essentially be required to work for the employer for free (for any time spent on clients the employee works on prior to 1:30 who finish after 1:30) by not receiving commissions or wages on clients whose appointments begin prior to 1:30 and end afterwards.

The employer may want to not pay the hourly wage for clients that the employee is finishing up on during the hourly wage time, and that arrangement could be worked out between employee and employer. (E.g., the employer could have the employee clock in hourly only after finished with his or her last client that was started prior to 1:30).

If such an agreement is made it would need to be added to the existing contingency agreement due to California Assembly Bill 1396, which requires all commission agreements to be put in writing and signed by employee and employer.

However, due to the requirement that the employee be paid on some basis, the employee is entitled to commissions on clients that are worked on prior to 1:30 and not finished on till after 1:30.

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