Wage Packing & Calculating Commissions

California Wage Law Services for Workers


Wage law is a complex area of law. If you are an employee and feel like your rights have been violated, it is important to understand that you have options. California wage law protects workers from being cheated out of their wages, but only when they understand their legal protections and know who to turn to for help.

What is Wage Packing?

Wage packing is the process of paying employees less than the minimum wage for certain tasks, like bagging groceries. Wage packing has been illegal in California since 2014, but it’s still a common practice among employers.

Employers can avoid paying overtime wages by taking advantage of a loophole in state law that allows them to pay sub-minimum wages for certain types of work. For example: if an employee is technically paid $15 per hour but only spends 20% of their day working on regulated products (like food), then they would make $3 per hour instead of $7 per hour—that’s called hiring “wage packers”.

Wage packing happens when an employer uses this loophole and tells workers that they are being paid at or near minimum wage when they actually aren’t receiving enough money to meet federal standards or even keep up with inflation due to inflationary increases in consumer prices over time (e.g., rent).

How are Commissions Paid?

  • Commissions are usually paid as a percentage of the sale, but some companies pay them on sales volume.
  • If your employer pays you by commission and does not pay you regularly (e.g., weekly or monthly), then California state law requires that they also pay you at least twice a month and on time every two weeks.
  • Commissions don’t have to be paid until after the work has been completed by you or your colleagues, although if this happens too often it could count as wage theft under federal law (and if it’s happening to you then talk with an attorney about filing for unemployment benefits).
  • You must receive all commissions earned in cash; no checks or credit cards allowed!

Tips on Calculating Commissions

Every state has its own wage and hour laws. These laws determine how much of your paycheck is withheld for taxes and other deductions, how many sick days you’re allowed to take, when your employer can fire you, etc.

When calculating commissions, there are a couple different ways to do so: weekly or biweekly. Weekly means that every week of work will result in one pay period (from the day you start until the next Monday). Biweekly means that every two weeks of work will result in one pay period (from the day after payday until the next Friday). Monthly would be four times per year; quarterly would be 12 times per year; annually would be 52 times per year; daily would be 168 times per year!

Contact Legal Assistance Today

If you have questions about your wages, or if you are being paid less than the minimum wage, contact Legal Assistance today. We can help you with your wage dispute and provide free legal advice. If necessary, we can file a claim on your behalf and represent you in court. We’ve helped thousands of people like you get their hard-earned money back from employers who broke the law.

California wage law protects your rights as an employee to fair compensation.

California wage law protects your rights as an employee to fair compensation. If you believe you are not being paid properly, or if you have questions about the laws protecting your wages, contact a lawyer. You may be entitled to compensation for unpaid wages and other penalties.


If you feel like you’re not being paid enough, or if your employer is not following the law in other ways, contact legal assistance today. The attorneys at Legal Assistance are here to help. Don’t let your employer take advantage of you!

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