On May 8, 2019, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) ruled in Sullivan v. Sleepy’s LLC that commission-only retail salespeople are entitled to additional compensation for overtime and Sunday work. Retail sales employees of Sleepy’s were compensated solely by commissions and paid recoverable draws against those commissions of $125 per day. Although the employees’ commissions, recoverable draw and earned commissions over the draw exceeded the minimum wage and one and one-half times the minimum wage when the employees worked overtime or Sunday, the SJC held that the employees were entitled to additional amounts for overtime and Sunday premium pay. In reaching its conclusion, the Court reasoned that Massachusetts law prohibits the retroactive crediting of payments made for one purpose (i.e., commission compensation for hours worked) towards the entirely separate purpose of time and one-half for overtime hours and Sunday pay. In the Sleepy’s case, the draw plus commission compensation system did not provide the necessary extra compensation.
Monthly Archives: May 2019
Recent Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Case Rules That Employers Must Pay Overtime to Commission-Only Retail Employees
Developers and vendors in Victoria should be aware of new changes to the Sale of Land Act 1962 (Vic) (Act).
The business continuity test: when is a new business sufficiently similar to its predecessor?
While I’m out of the office this week for our Annual Conference, I’m bringing you a guest post from Vince Robisch, of Minimalex – Vince coaches attorneys on improving their business development process to bring in more corporate clients. He practiced at an AmLaw 200 firm for eight years, and has sold millions of dollars of products and services to corporate legal departments and law firms, an experience that helps him to understand his clients and their clients. He currently coaches attorneys from specialized boutiques to some of the largest firms in the United States. You can learn more at his website. Vince is using the dreaded “s” word today – sales – to talk about an important topic, that of business development. It turns out that data helps your business. Who knew?
The Fair Work Commission’s Expert Panel for annual wage reviews (Panel) has today published its annual wage review under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).
A District Court judge has dismissed an appeal by an employer which was found liable for a worker’s stress injury, in relation to an issue of whether there had been ‘discipline’.
- night work;
- work in weekends and public holidays.
Funds and financial products
ASIC consults on lifting standards and transparency of complaints handling
The ATO’s recently announced cryptocurrency data matching program continues its steady push into working out how to apply the tax laws to cryptocurrency. It also has the potential to cause some panic among those involved in cryptocurrency dealings.
Networking is not an easy task, which is one of the reasons that we discuss it so frequently here on Zen.
Since I’m spending this week with my lawyers in Milan, facilitating their networking efforts at our Annual Conference, I have networking on the brain, and wanted to share with you a couple of the worst networking mistakes you can make, and how to recover from them.