I work for Sears as an hourly plus commission sales associate. Last year during the Christmas season (an 8 week period) we had our effective commission rate lowed ( from 1.75% to 1.5% ). I asked them about this and of course they would not admit to it. This year we have a new store manager and he admitted that Sears does this. We are about to enter this same time period again. Is this legal and is it standard practice for companies with hourly plus commissioned sales associates to do this? Last year I lost approx $700 due to the rate reduction. I'd like to hear your feeback on this matter.