I`m new here and I have a few questions regarding the flat rate pay system at independant repair shop. First, is the employer required to have a time clock to monitor the times if the machanics are flat rate? When I worked for dealerships we had flat rate cards even though we were hourly and still needed to add up the flat rate times nd the "W" times. How do they know when you start or how long you take without one? Second, if a mechanic is flat rate, is the hours billed to the customer suppost to be on the repair order? Meaning if I get a job that says" Replace engine assembly". Should it say how many hours I`m given to do it in? When I worked for dealerships as a hourly mechanic they listed the times charged for each job line. Last, if the employer decided to change the mechanics from hourly to flat rate is there any notice they need to give? Also, as a mechanic required to sully my own tools, is the employer suppost to pay at least double minimum wage? I was told this by a manager at a dealership I worked for but the independant shop didn`t follow that rule so I don`t know if it`s a law or not. Thanks.