Asked in Business Law and Employment Law for Washington

Q: Is it illegal for a boss to have his family/friends on company payroll even if they don't work for the company?

Mr. Y, is a religious man and head of a seafood company branch owned by the church he attends. 5 years ago, he hired his friend, Reverend K, who "quit" the company after 6 months. Recently, upper management received an e-mail they were not suppose to get. It was HR asking Mr. Y who half the people on payroll were and job titles. Rev. K was on that list. Many of Mr. Ys family and friends were also on that list who have never worked for the company. There was an emergency meeting with Mr. Y and upper management following the e-mail. Mr. Y could not give a reasonable explanation for his actions. His reasoning was all religious based. Is Mr. Y braking the law, especially if head office has no idea about his actions?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Brent Bowden
Brent Bowden
  • Lynnwood, WA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: It could be argued that he was sealing money and committing fraud, especially if he turned in timesheets/employment applications/etc that contained false information.

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