See Why R. Kelly’s Brother Says He Owes Him Thousands

Posted On : July 9, 2015

7-9 r smirkingR. Kelly is catching a lil’ heat from his brother, Bruce Kelly, over money he says R. tried to stick him for. Just like the Old School saying goes: ‘Mo’ money mo’ problems.’

According to TMZ, Bruce said R. had him working 144 hours per week. There are only 168 hours in a week, so that would mean that Bruce was only getting about 3 hours and 40 minutes of rest per day…every day of his life, during his time as his brother’s employee. That sounds a little intense, but it’s possible.

Bruce says R. Kelly never paid him one penny for his time and that’s why he has now decided to take his claims to the state of Illinois’ labor board. Here are the rest of the details on this:

Bruce says his younger bro hired him in March as a personal assistant and driver, and they had a verbal agreement — for $700 a week, Bruce would do food runs and chauffeur R. Kelly.

But the brotherly love faded after Bruce started working overtime without seeing any green.

According to docs filed with the state labor board, Bruce says he sometimes had to wait up to 12 hours in the car for R. Kelly … and never got any sleep.

He tells us he even spoke to R. Kelly about the $11k in back pay he claims he was owed … but baby bro didn’t care. Bruce says he put his foot down after 3 months because he’s “not working for nobody, not even his brother, for free.”

The labor board is still investigating his claim.

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You see, this is why family and business often don’t blend well. Sometimes it’s worth far more just to allow family to remain family, and for non-relatives to remain your business associates. If any bad blood over business ever occurs, it spills over into your family and who wants to deal with that?

I think there are two priceless rules when it comes to mixing family and business:
1. Just because you are family, does not give you a pass on having the proper credentials for the job. You have to work just as hard as everyone else to earn your spot.
2. As an employer hiring a relative, it does not give you a pass on paying them on time.

The moral of the story: Choose wisely when choosing family for business.

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