Los Angeles, CA asked in Employment Law and Tax Law for Nevada

Q: Can an employer make a paycheck payable to a w-2 employee’s family member instead of the employee?

Employee does not want to endorse back of check to have family member deposit/cash for them. They want their paycheck made payable directly to their relative who does not work for the company. Employee is not an independent contractor.

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2 Lawyer Answers

A: No. Unless the family member is the employee the employer cannot violate federal and state law.

D. Mathew Blackburn agrees with this answer

A: No, that's not ok. I would hire local counsel or file directly with the state dept of labor.

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