I am a full time regular employee in california whos paid commission only based on sales from leads given to us by the office. Things in our industry are VERY slow right now and the boss continually "threatens" to let one of us go if "we" ( the commissioned salesmen) dont go out and make more sales, but wont actually fire anyone due to the fact hes very frugal and refuses to pay unemployment.
My question is, if work comes to a stand still and there are no leads for us to go out on, can we file for unemployment due to lack of business and / or income, even though the owner wont terminate the employment?
Also, i am on call for 9 hours a day. I know im entitled to minimum wage for every hour i work. Is being on call where i mandatorilly have to answer the company phone during business hours even though i may be at home, justify working hours?