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Business owners have a lot to consider in making first hire: Part 2

A new business owner in the midst of growing their business and about to make their first hire will no doubt be excited, but first-time employers need to pause before taking on employees. The previous post began to delve into the important considerations new business owners need to think about before they hire employees, as discussed in a recent article by Associated Press Business Writer Joyce M. Rosenberg.

Before sitting down for interviews, it is important to figure out what your workplace and employee policies will be. It is best to have figured out beforehand policies regarding sick time, vacation time, dress codes and other employee policies. Before hiring anyone, it would be a good idea to put together an employee handbook and any employment contracts, including non-compete agreements and similar contracts.

It is also important, notes Rosenberg, that you are following your own boss’ rules — the government. It is up to you as the business owner to make sure that you are complying with all federal labor laws and New Jersey employment laws. You will have to fill out tax forms for your workers and I-9 forms to prove that your employees can legally work in the U.S. If you have more than 15 employees, you will also have to follow the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Rosenberg writes that it is probably best to consult with those knowledgeable about employment law before hiring your first employee, whether an HR consultant, employment law or business attorney or local Small Business Development Center.


First-time employers may find they have a lot to learn — before they make their first hire (Star Tribune)

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