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Can you quit your job in nc if you are a commission sales person and there is little buisness?

by beth
(raleigh)

Business is so bad that my pay is half of what it used to be. The owner will not let us go , so we are forced to hang in and make hardly anything or quit. What do you suggest?



Hi Beth,

My suggestion is to call a NC Appeal office.

Here's what the statute says about reduction in pay and reduction in hours:

(1b) Where an individual leaves work due solely to a unilateral and permanent reduction in work hours of more than twenty percent (20%) of the customary scheduled full‑time work hours in the establishment, plant, or industry in which he was employed, said leaving shall constitute good cause attributable to the employer for leaving work. Provided however that if said reduction is temporary or was occasioned by malfeasance, misfeasance or nonfeasance on the part of the individual, such reduction in work hours shall not constitute good cause attributable to the employer for leaving work.

(1c) Where an individual leaves work due solely to a unilateral and permanent reduction in his rate of pay of more than fifteen percent (15%), said leaving shall constitute good cause attributable to the employer for leaving work. Provided however that if said reduction is temporary or was occasioned by malfeasance, misfeasance or nonfeasance on the part of the individual, such reduction in pay shall not constitute good cause attributable to the employer for leaving work.

Do you notice the words "temporary" and "permanent". That is what's giving me pause ... only because you took the job as a commission sales person and commission can be inconsistent.

I think you should call the state and ask to speak with a appeals referee or someone and ask for some information on how NC decides your particular situation.

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