If you are planning to start a new business you might also be hoping to do well enough to hire an employee or two and keep growing from there. Before you hire your first employee, however, you have a lot of things to consider to make sure that your business is following all federal labor laws and New Jersey labor laws. Becoming an employer can be as much of a job as forming a new business was. To protect yourself as an employer and to protect your business, it is best to fully figure out all employment policies and logistics before you begin hiring employees.
A recent article by Associated Press Business Writer Joyce M. Rosenberg discusses some of the factors that new employers need to consider. She says that the transition from being an employee to being an employer may not be an easy one. It is important to remember, for example, that even the best employees will not have the same passion for your new business that you do and should not be expected to work around the clock. It is okay to have high expectations for your employees, but finding the line between high expectations and violating wage-and-hour laws is important.
You may also want to put together job descriptions before you sit down for an interview with potential new hires as some people will prefer to have their job duties laid out and clear. Do not only think about what the job will be, but write it down and keep it on record.
There is a lot to consider as a new employer, things that you never had to think about when you were an employee, even if you were a manager. The next post will further discuss things that first-time employers have to keep in mind.
First-time employers may find they have a lot to learn — before they make their first hire (Star Tribune)