It's tax time. Does your W-2 correctly name your employer?
February 16, 2016
Do you know the actual legal name of your employer? Businesses often use trade names to market themselves but operate legally under different names. Some courts have even decided that national companies acting as franchisors to smaller franchisees running the operation are not the employers of employees that work for those franchisees.
Employees in California have the right to see certain documents related to their employment. One set of documents the employer must provide upon request are “paystubs” – accurate, itemized statements showing, among other things, gross wages earned, the employee’s total hours worked (unless the employee is exempt), all deductions, net wages earned, pay period, the name of the employee, only the last four digits of the employee’s social security or tax ID number, and the name and address of the legal entity that is the employer. Cal. Lab. Code §226(a),(b).
Sometimes the business name and the name of the legal entity that is the employer are different. Make sure you know the actual legal name of your employer.