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New Developments in California Commission Pay

OnDemand Webinar (84 minutes)

California rules for payment of commissions have changed significantly in the past year - make sure you are in compliance.

New requirements for written commission pay plans, use of advances or 'draws' against commissions, commission pay exemptions to overtime, and wage statement requirements are now the subject of significant litigation. The rules can be complex and confusing. In this fast-paced topic, we will review the basics of California's commission pay laws, and new court decisions, all with a focus on litigation 'hot spots' you will need to target for compliance.

You will gain a basic understanding of California's commission pay rules and how to comply with the law.


Douglas J. Farmer, Esq., Ogletree Deakins


Recent Changes to California Commission Pay Rules

California's Definition of Commissions

Basic Rules for Drafting Commission Plans

Pay Stub Requirements for Commissions

Rules for Plans Providing for Advances or Draws Against Commissions

Computing Commissions

Prohibitions on Deductions for the Employer's Cost of Doing Business, Including Returned Goods and Customer Failure to Pay

Avoiding Unlawful Forfeiture Provisions

Meeting California's Regular and Final Pay Deadlines When Paying Commissions