Issue: Labor/Employment
Court: Supreme Court of California

Question Presented:
Whether California's minimum wage law requires an employer that compensates its automotive service technicians on a “piece-rate” basis for repair work must also pay those technicians a separate hourly minimum wage for time spent during their work shifts waiting for vehicles to repair or performing other non-repair tasks directed by the employer.

RLC's Position:
The RLC submitted a letter brief with the Supreme Court of California in support of a petition to review the lower court’s new interpretation of minimum wage requirements in California. Specifically, if left unchanged, Gonzales would require employers  and commissioned employees to keep timed records of “waiting time” and employers would be required to pay commissioned employees a separate hourly rate for that “waiting time,” regardless of what an employee earns on commission. 

Case Outcome: 
The Court denied the petition. 

Procedural History and Case Documents:

  • Petition Denied July 2013
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