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Whether you recruit your own employees or you have independent contractors, you have to make sure that you have complete knowledge of the employment laws. If you take up the risk of setting up your own business organization without abiding by the rules and regulations that are laid down by the government, you may tend to take wrong decisions that can make you answerable both to the government and to your employees.
Educate yourself on the vital aspects of employment law for small businesses
Yes, most small business owners are of the opinion that employment laws can be a murky issue and this is felt more by those owners who can't afford to hire an attorney. An eminent person of the National Federation of Independent Business feels that most small business organizations get stumped by the employment laws as most of them are ignorant of the clauses and the terms that they're supposed to follow. Have a look at the 3 most vital areas of employment laws.
1. Worker's leave regulations: Americans with Disability Act, the Family Medical Leave Act and Medical Leave are considered as the 'Bermuda Triangle' of the employment laws. Before you stop compensating an employee or fire him, ensure that you know everything that is needed about the leave regulations for the workers of your organization.
2. Regulations regarding overtime: During the tough economic times, most employers are trying their best to cut costs so as to maintain a balance between the investment and revenue. Very few employers will provide the worker with a paid overtime for every minute that he works after completion of his actual working hours. Though this may seem to be okay with your employee, it may be highly disregarded by the Department of Labor. As an employer or the business owner, you can't choose to break the law that says that every employee (non-exempt) are entitled to half pay for every hour that is worked after the 40th hour and you can't agree to waive off such requirements to curb costs.
3. Contractors vs. employees: In both the state and federal laws, the employers face some difficulties during 1099 filing. As an employee, you have to ensure that the classification that you provide to your employers is correct and is in accordance with the Department of Labor and the regulations that are laid down by the Internal Revenue Service. When someone is working part time for your organization, you may certainly consider him as a contractor and you can eliminate him from the direct payroll and thereby withhold all taxes.
Therefore, when you're about to set up a small business organization of your own, you should educate yourself on the employment laws that are set by the Labor Department.
Author Bio: Kavin Matthews is a financial writer who loves to share his knowledge on various financial topics and issues. He contributes his articles to various websites so that people can increase their knowledge on it. To know more, you may visit http://www.facebook.com/debtconsolidationcare