Many business owners cannot do everything themselves, especially as the enterprise grows. Whether you have too much work for yourself or you need help from someone with specialized skills, hiring one or more employees can be an exciting step for a business owner. However, employees come with many additional compliance issues and responsibilities.
It is always wise to discuss the obligations of having employees with a business lawyer in San Francisco. The following are only some of many laws that may apply once you have an employee.
Anti-discrimination – California and federal laws protect employees from discrimination and harassment based on race, sex, religion, and MANY other factors. Employers also may not retaliate against employees for exercising their rights under the law and may not terminate employees for reasons that violate public policy.
Wage and hour – You must comply with all provisions of California’s labor laws and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This includes paying a minimum wage, overtime rates, rest breaks, and much more.
Insurance issues – You likely have to purchase workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance when you hire an employee.
Health and safety – State and federal regulations set out specific standards for the health and safety of a workplace – and this even includes small offices.
Taxes – You need to ensure your payroll practices are in line with all tax laws.
The above are a few examples of the complex laws that apply to companies with employees. If you violate any of these laws, you can face civil penalties from the state and legal liability to the harmed employee.
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