My buddy, after a long, miserable stint of unemployment, got the equivalent of his dream job. I don’t want to say what industry it’s in or anything, but he got a job that deals with his #1 hobby in a field that it’s usually impossible to get jobs in.
But his employer’s being KOOK about payroll. I guess he hit the guy up about filling out his tax witholding information, and the guy shrugged it off with a “Don’t be so uptight!” attitude before finally relenting. Then, he worked his first three weeks without getting a paycheck because the guy kept “Totally flaking, bro” on it - and when he finally got it, it was the equivalent of a personal check (it was a business check, but hand-written) with no taxes deducted, no YTD info, etc.
This is an office job in a legit business, not some sort of auto garage, so I’m really sketched out by this behavior on the part of his boss. He’s freaked out by it, but the combination of “dream job” plus his 9 months of unemployment have him too scared crapless to push the issue.
What would you do if you were in my friend’s situation - what advice can I give him?
Does this sound like any sort of scam or wrongdoing to you? Is there anything else that he should be looking out for or aware of in the situation?