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Can a business owner with two different companies allow an employee from one company also work for the other without any paperwork?

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It's all about the taxes - and how the companies are defined in how they file their taxes - sole proprietorships, partnerships, or corporations (and the type) - is he an employee (you're withholding); is he a contractor (you'll have to give him 2 1099's of individual earnings of each company if the two companies have different 04 numbers); if you're paying him under the table - I'd advise you to stop - IRS crackdowns could cost you everything and even get you jail-time. There may be other local and State laws you need to check into - some company owners take the chance of "cornering the market" by owning two competing companies - effectively "price fixing" and "monopolizing" - which are illegal as well - you need to talk to your company lawyer and CPA - they'll know the laws in your location and situation.

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Am an employee to one company and have noticed employees from the other store which is ran under a different store name, are now picking up hours at the store I work at. Wasnt sure since the stores have different names but the same owner, if employees can work at both locations with only ever being hired for one store.
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Yes, as long as no fraud is being committed by the owners - I've worked for several companies - at the same time - doing different jobs - and all companies were owned by a parent company. Depending on how the parent company is set up - ( how they are structured as a business entity and how they pay their taxes) - will affect how they handle their employee's (or contractor's) taxes.
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Thank you very much for your help
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No prob. - glad to help.
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It depends if the two different businesses carry out different operations and if it is on permanent basis. Of course you will need paper work and new terms of employment if it is on permanent basis. This applies especially if the kind of job you are going to do is whole different.

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the jobs are very similar, the only real difference is the Store Names. Both stores have the same owner.
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