As mentioned in a previous post, the Maryland Court of Appeals had agreed to review the most recent commissions case brought under the Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law. The name of the case is Hoffeld v. Shepherd Electric. Our lower appeals court, the Court of Special Appeals, ruled that a salesman was not entitled to several commissions because the employer had not yet invoiced several deals. I helped draft a brief urging the Court of Appeals to review the decision to further define the rights that Maryland's salespeople have to their commissions in their pipeline when their employment terminates.
After oral argument, the Court of Appeals dismissed Hoffeld. The Court offered no explanation for its action. As a result the Court of Special Appeals decision is intact.
What does this mean?
1. Maryland salespeople still have the right to commission in their pipeline if they have completed the sales work necessary to earn those commissions.
2. The Court is likely to re-visit this area of the law when the right case comes around -- since Hoffeld was not the right case.