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In our latest case study, Leonard’s client has offered his guys some off-book work. Should he intervene?
February 24, 2017 by John Bleasby
Leonard Zarky’s five-man masonry team has been doing interior and exterior stonework on a large weekend home for over two months. His wealthy client Tony Snell has become a familiar sight during this time, getting to know the guys pretty well. In late-September, and with the project nearly complete, Snell approached Leonard about having these strong young men do some unspecified ‘grunt work’ over the next few weekends for cash. Initially, Leonard had no problem. After all, weekends are their time, not his.
However, after the first weekend Leonard learned that his guys were in fact asked to by Snell get in the cold water without any protection, dredge out the wet boathouse by moving large rocks lying at the bottom, pile them along the shoreline, and do a bit of silt removal with rakes and shovels. This bothered Leonard. He knows it’s illegal to dredge or move material from a lake bottom without an environmental permit. Secondly, the work is far more dangerous than he had thought. If one of his workers gets injured working off-book for Snell, they’re uninsured, plus it could put his team down a man. What should Leonard do?
- Explain the risks to the guys, and advise against doing the work.
- Report his client to the Ministry for doing illegal dredging and shore work.
- Turn a blind eye and let the boys make up their own minds.
- Tell his client this is wrong, and suggest he goes about the work legally next year.
- Something else.
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