Hourly + bonus: Can my hourly wage be less than minimum wage?

Asked about 1 year ago - Long Beach, CA

Hi, I am currently paying door to door canvassers per lead they generate. Feedback is telling me that adding an hourly bonus would help my guys take some of the pressure off. They average 1-2 leads per hour at $10 per lead, so if I paid $5 or $6 base per hour they would still be over the minimum wage (except on a tough day, which is rare). Can my hourly base be $5 or $6 per hour since the bonuses take them above the $8 minimum wage?

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  1. Neil Pedersen

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . California law requires that employees be paid the minimum wage each hour they work. Your system would be acceptable as long as the employee is guaranteed $8 per hour for each hour they work if they do not get enough leads to equal that number.

    Good luck to you.

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  2. Daniel Michael Holzman


    Contributor Level 15


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . I would make sure their hourly wage was at least the minimum wage. That is the safe thing to do.

  3. Michael R Crosner

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . Best thing to do is pay $8.00 per hour

    This is not intended to be legal advise or as legal representation. I am a California personal injury attorney .... more

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