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Old 11-27-2017, 02:34 PM   #1
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Sole Proprietor Bidding PW

My husband (and I) is a sole proprietor of his company. Can I legally help him on the job if he gets the bid? It is in public works for WA.
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My husband (and I) is a sole proprietor of his company. Can I legally help him on the job if he gets the bid? It is in public works for WA.
Your opening line does not make sense, That said your husband can hire the queen of England if he wants (she does need to have a work authoritarian from the goverment) and a valid s/s number.


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What she is probably asking is if her husband gets the job as a PW contractor, can she help him to some undisclosed degree. Whether this is for pay and whether she is an officer if they are incorporated is also undisclosed.

This is a legal question, and probably best left to a lawyer or the contract administrator for the contract. But if she is an officer or an owner she can help and not run a foul of the PW laws. It is very likely she is an owner.

If she is neither an owner or officer, she must be paid PW wages while on the job if her duties at the time are classified as job site duties. If she comes out to bring him lunch and to sign checks and forms, that would not require PW. But if she is running a shovel, holding a grade stick or doing confined space watch, then she would require pay as per PW.
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see section 10 (c) on pg 15.
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Your question should be: are my husband and I foolish for being a sole prop and not an actual LLc that will protect our personal assets???? Answer is YES ......
You are playing with fire !!!! Open an LLC, they are very inexpesive to open. No excuses for that kind of irresponsibility.

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We've done PW jobs in the past. Everyone had to be classified per the PW guidelines. The guy is a sole proprietor, that's it. He can hire subs (maybe like his wife), but they also must meet the requirements of the PW specs.

There is a lot for interpretation here....what does she mean by "help". Other than filling out paperwork or picking up materials (gray area), there isn't much she can do without meeting PW guidelines for working on the project.


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