Commission Pay Under Massachusetts Wage and Hour Laws FAQs
Commissions are subject to the requirements of the Massachusetts Wage Act, and an employer can be liable for triple damages for nonpayment or late payment of commissions, just like for regular salary or wages. It can be less straightforward, however, to determine when commissions are due, or whether incentive payments to employees should be considered commissions or bonuses (which are not wages under the Wage Act).
Below are some frequently asked questions about commission pay under the Massachusetts Wage Act, and links to the answers.
Commission Pay Defined
What is commission pay?
Are commissions considered wages?
What is the difference between a commission and a bonus?
Can I be paid only on a commission basis?
Commission Pay Calculation and Payment
When should I be paid commissions?
When is a commission considered "earned" under the wage and hour laws?
Can my employer define when a commission is earned?
What happens if the employer has not defined when a commission is earned?
Can my employer deduct expenses from my commissions?
Can commissions be paid monthly or quarterly?
What if I am fired or quit after commissions are earned but before they are paid to me?
Commission Pay and Wage and Hour Laws
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