Have you checked out the U.S. Department of Labor’s eLaws Advisors?
If your small business has any employees, or if you’re contemplating hiring an employee or two, you owe it to yourself to check these employment law advisor tools out. They’re free, simple to use, and could save you a lot of heartache (and money) on down the line!
According to the DOL:
The department’s elaws advisors are Internet-based compliance tools to help both employers comply with federal employment laws and workers understand their rights under these laws. By asking a series of questions, each advisor simulates a conversation with a Labor Department expert and provides the user with information on the law’s requirements.
Dsigned to “help employers determine which laws administered by the Department of Labor (DOL) apply to their business or organization and to provide links to information about how to comply with these laws,” the FirstStep Employment Law Advisoris an excellent place to start.
While nothing can take the place of a consultation with a qualified legal professional — and you are strongly encouraged to consult with such a professional whenever you’re contemplating making changes to your business (such as hiring your first employee) — these advisors are a great tool to help you get a feel for the laws that apply to you and what you need to do to keep in compliance.
If you need a little extra incentive, visit SMBtime, a blog devoted to time & attendance / wage & hour issues, and read up on some of the hefty fines and penalties that have been assessed against small businesses that didn’t ensure they were in complaince with wage and hour regulations. But don’t get scared! Just get motivated to make sure your business plays by the rules.
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