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Employment and Labor Laws

Whether you hire your own employees or independent contractors, you will need to have a solid understanding of federal and state labor laws covering everything from benefits and wages to discrimination and harassment. These resources will help you understand federal and state labor laws, which ones apply to you, and how to comply.
 

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Getting Started

Employment Law Basics
Information, regulations, and resources to help you comply with U.S. employment laws.

 

Hiring & Managing Employees
These resources help employers understand their legal obligations when hiring employees or independent contractors.

 

10 Steps to Setting Up a Payroll System
How to save money, avoiding IRS penalties, and time by setting up an efficient and reliable payroll system.

 

Drug Free Workplace
While not required, it is becoming a standard business practice for most small businesses to foster a drug-free workplace. This resource provides education materials and guidelines for such employers.

 

Staying Compliant

Workplace Posters
Federal and state laws require employers to display official labor and employment posters detailing federal and applicable state labor laws where employees can read them.

 

Employee Benefits
Helps employers understand what they need to do to supply employee benefits required by law such as social security and workers’ compensation. Included are steps they need to take to comply with regulations covering optional employee benefit plans.

 

Wage & Hour Laws
Information to help small businesses comply with Federal wage and hour laws, including Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Covers minimum wage, overtime pay, equal pay, wage garnishment, federal contractors, foreign labor, and season/migrant workers.

 

Discrimination & Harassment
Information for employees and employers to comply with laws protecting against discrimination based on factors not directly related to the quality of an individual's work. Includes Equal Employment requirements, training and assistance, and information for federal contractors.

 

Unions
Provides information about employer responsibilities under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), which defines the rights of employees to organize and to bargain collectively with their employers through representatives of their own choosing.

 

Workers’ Compensation
Provides information on programs that provide wage replacement benefits, medical treatment, vocational rehabilitation, and other benefits to employees who are injured at work or acquire an occupational disease.

 

Terminating Employees
Resources to help employers ensure compliance with laws and regulations when downsizing or laying off workers.