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What to Expect As a New Business Owner | Know the Hiring Laws

 

As an entrepreneur, you may have reached a stage of completion towards the formation of your business. Congratulations!  Though it appears as simple as paperwork submissions and investment proposals, it is a daunting task with challenges from every angle. The implementation and undertaking to legally establish your business strategy are coming to fruition through your development plans quite suitably at this point.

 

With much anticipation, you may be eager to procure employees towards the servicing of your clients and business product. Before you materialize this portion of your business plan, you should consider the extended legal requirements surrounding the hiring process of any employee in your company.

 

There are important legal documents and methods that you must practice prior to selecting and securing an operative team of employees. 

 

 

 

Generating Employee Records

 

The Department of Labor has established laws that require your business to possess and maintain written files of the employee data. These records include:

  • Personal Information, including employee’s full name, date of birth, social security number, mailing address, and occupation;

  • Salary and frequency of compensation;

  • Payroll deductions from each paycheck;

  • Employee work schedule;

  • Records of salary payment, including dates and amounts.

 

 

Establish Your Filing Method Before Hiring

 

Additionally, it is mandatory to regularly update and maintain employee records. This can become a very intricate and complex mission. Therefore, it is essential to research the method of human resources and software that is best suited for your business.

 

 

Obtain W-4 Forms From New Employees for Tax Reporting and Verification

 

Withholding the appropriate quantity of taxes from your employee’s salary empowers your business to meet legal tax requirements with the State and Federal governments.

 

Employer Identification Number

 

Did you obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) during the formation stage of your business? This is an important requirement for you as the startup or business owner if you are hiring employees. State and Federal tax forms will require an EIN from your business, essentially with:

  • Reporting an employee’s withholding to the IRS;

  • Transferring tax funds to the IRS;

  • Paying Unemployment Insurance Tax and FICA;

  • Completing State Income Tax forms for an employee, when applicable.

 

Reporting Your New Employee to the State

 

Based on average State laws, as a business owner, it is a requirement to report your new employee to the state within 20 days of hire. Most states use this information to ensure the employee is:

  • Compliant with any unemployment funds being dispersed;

  • Meets and child support law requirements.

Furthermore, practicing this method of reporting safeguards your legal compliance and reporting requirements.

 

 

Obtain I-9 Forms | Verify Employee’s Legal Authorization to Work

 

Although the I-9 Form is not a requirement for submission to the State or Federal governments, it should be obtained for your records in the event that authorities need to examine the employee’s identity and eligibility to work in the United States. The instructions for the I-9 Form explain which documents and records are needed in order to complete the forms legally and successfully.

 

Labor Law Posters

 

Based on State and Federal laws, it is a requirement to place labor law notices in areas of your worksite that are readable and accessible to your employees. It is essential to ensure that your newly hired employees have access to these areas where the notices or posters are displayed.

 

Purchase Worker’s Compensation Insurance

 

While Worker’s Compensation Insurance laws requirements vary by state, the dimension, and the trade or industry of your business, it is imperative to understand which laws apply to you as the business owner. Your business insurance broker may be able to customize your worker’s compensation insurance package in addition to other applicable insurance matters.

 

Conclusion

 

Securing the legally required documents and information from your new employee stems from State and Federal laws in place. Moreover, it is crucial for your newly established business to remain compliant and supported by professional organization management in its early stages. Consult with a business attorney that is acquainted and well-versed in business law in advance of hiring employees to build your establishment.

 

Alternatively, you can save money and time by outsourcing your Business Law legal needs with us.  We offer scalable contracts that you may modify as needed.  Our KPO Business Law team is affluent in helping you meet the requirements of employee hiring practices that will best protect your company. Contact us today for a consultation.

 

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