Can my family member help me for free?
Question Details: I run a small handyman business. My father is a retired contractor. From time to time, I run into jobs that require more than 1 person from a mere physical aspect I need more than 2 hands. My father generally volunteers to help for free. He is not my employee nor do I pay him an hourly wage minus buying him lunch. I want to make sure I am not running afoul of any laws.
Yes, family can help you for free. Just make sure to keep doing what you evidently have been--NOT treating him as an employee (e.g. not paying him any set compensation). So long as your actions do not make him an employee, you are fine.
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