Seattle, WA asked in Employment Law for Washington

Q: Commission-only (no salary our hourly pay) physician-can I be required to work in person in clinic certain hours?

I am required to be present in clinic certain hours of the week so medical assistants can administer vaccines. Often I don't have patients of my own at those times and because I'm not seeing the patients getting vaccinated (I'm just sitting in my office-have to be present in case there is an emergency), I'm not getting any compensation for the required time spent in office. Is this legal?

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Brad S Kane
Brad S Kane
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: You are entitled to minimum wage for all hours worked. If your commission does not at least cover minimum wage for all hours worked, including the time you are required to be in the office, you are not being paid properly.

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