Small Business Guide on Hiring Employees

Small Business Guide on Hiring Employees

Hiring employees is a big step for any small business.  Doing it right and complying with all state and federal laws and regulations is no small task and should be taken seriously. Here are the main items to cross of your checklist: Hiring without Violating any Laws The recruiting, interviewing and hiring process alone is a minefield of potential legal problems. As you may know, you are...

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The DOL Timesheet App and a Reminder on keeping Wage and Hour Records

The Department of Labor recently released an app for workers to independently keep track of their hours worked, wages earned and breaks taken.  According to their press release, "This app will help empower workers to understand and stand up for their rights when employers have denied their hard-earned pay." Obviously, this raises concern that the small business owner will...

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Today is National Bike-to-Work Day – Bicycle Access to Office Buildings Law

Today is National Bike-to-Work Day.  In that context, you may not know yet that New York City business owners and office tenants have certain rights with respect to storing bycicles in office buildings under the Bicycle Access to Office Buildings...

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Tips on making your Independent Contractors audit proof

I posted the other day about the government's increased efforts to crack down on misclassified independent contractors. "Misclassified independent contractors" are workers who should really be employees of the business,  In other words, these workers are entitled to workers compensation and disability insurance, unemployment benefits, tax withholding by...

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Five Common Employment Law Hazards for Start-Ups

Five Common Employment Law Hazards for Start-Ups by Michael L. Rosen | Foley Hoag LLP.

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Is your Independent Contractor really an Employee?

This question becomes more important, as New York and the federal Government are increasing their enforcement actions to root out employers who misclassify their workers as independent contractors.  Don’t wait with an answer until the Task Force on Employee Misclassification comes knocking at your door. Sure, it’s nice to just 1099 everybody and save on unemployment insurance,...

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Don’t mess with the Workers’ Compensation Board

I recently got a pleasant letter from Dun & Bradstreet, acting as a debt collector for the New York Workers' Compensation Board. Supposedly, I owed the New York Workers Compensation Board $60,000 in penalties and outstanding insurance premiums for a household employee of mine. 100 phone calls and letters later (I am only slightly exagerating), I finally got them to concede that I owed...

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E-Verify – Your Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Online

E-Verify is a free and voluntary system offered by the Department of Homeland Security that lets you check your employee's employment eligibility.  It doesn't save you the step of completing Form I-9, but it gives you a system to check information and documents given to you by your employees. By way of background, Employment Eligibility Verification by way of completing Form I-9 is...

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Hiring Employees in New York – Surviving the Paperwork

There is a reason many startups and small businesses try getting away with using independent contractors as long as they can.  Hiring employees means a lot of paperwork and added responsibilities, potential liabilities, extra financial burdens and on and on… When you  hire a new employee in New York, this is some of the paperwork that awaits you: 1. New Hire Reporting In order to...

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File your W-2s and Wage Reports Online

I’m back from a mini blogging break having to do with a lot of work, taxes and other miserable paperwork that needed to get done.  One thing I learned is that you can file your W-2s and wage reports for your employees with the Social Security Administration conveniently online. It is free and as an added bonus, if you file your wage report online, it extends your deadline from February...

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