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Apple has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by salespeople who claimed the iPhone giant underpaid them for overtime work and failed to cover expenses when traveling on business. Without admitting any wrongdoing, Apple has agreed [PDF] to pay $500,000 to resolve the lawsuit. California federal district Judge Vince Chhabria …

  1. probgoblin

    Thank you

    I truly appreciate how, when it comes to discussing fines, The Register contextualizes them by pointing out what portion of a company's profit or revenue they actually represent. This is something that every news org should be doing.

    Thank you.

    1. gnasher729 Silver badge

      Re: Thank you

      So how many minutes of quarterly profits did Apple not pay them?

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    They need salespeople?

    I mean … if AT&T, say, don’t offer the iPhone, would t that be their loss? Do they need people to tell AT&T this patently obvious fact?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: They need salespeople?

      These salespeople are probably more like the Italian sales chaps reputedly offering fire prevention services for small business.

      "Nice phone business you have here. Be a shame if you didn't stock enough overpriced iGizmos and put them at the front of the store, and sell enough with each phone, and there was an unexpected shipping problem with you getting any iPhones from China"

  3. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

    Computer business can't run efficient computerised payroll system

    Is this incompetence or are they trying the Gus Gorman[*] approach to shaving a little extra profit? After all, they design computers and write operating systems, so an efficient and working payroll system should be a doddle.

    * See Richard prior playing the roll in Superman III

    1. Marty McFly Silver badge

      Re: Computer business can't run efficient computerised payroll system

      This is actually old news the rest of the industry went through 15 years ago for commission sales.

      The problem is when commissioned sales people suck. They don't make any commissions and their average pay falls below minimum wage when things like overtime are factored in. Then the lawsuits start flying.

      The solution is to track their hours worked and pay a base + commission. Of course in that model the commission is far less than what was paid in the previous full commission sales model. This effectively reduces the upside for the sales people who actually do a good job (ie: extra pay for better than 100% quota achievement).

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