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Which Employment Laws Apply to Your Business? There’s an E-Tool for That!

Which Employment Laws Apply to Your Business? There’s an E-Tool for That!

By Caron_Beesley, Contributor
Published: October 10, 2012

Hiring your first employee or building your business team opens whole new areas for compliance in employment and labor law. Laws are broad and far reaching and cover a broad range: preventing discrimination and harassment in the workplace, workplace poster requirements, wage and hour laws, workers compensation regulations, and more.

For small business owners short on time and resources, getting their arms around these laws can be tricky. The good news is that there are many online tools from both the SBA and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to help you understand which laws apply to you and what you need to do to comply.

For example, SBA’s 10 Steps to Hiring your First Employee explains the tax, legal and regulatory steps you need to follow when you hire your first and even subsequent employees. SBA’s Business Law Advisor blog is also a useful reference point for all manner of small business law related topics.

Interact with an Online Employment Law Advisor

If you need to dig deeper into specific employment and labor laws, be sure to bookmark DOL’s elaws Advisors. These interactive e-tools give you easy-to-understand information about a number of federal employment laws such as wage laws, hiring foreign workers, workplace safety and health, as well as laws that apply to specific groups such as young employees, veterans and businesses that sell to the federal government.

Each Advisor simulates the interaction you might have with an employment law expert (based on typical questions you and your employees might have). Your employees can also refer to the tool for information about their rights.

Find Out Which Employment Laws Apply to Your Business

Which aspects of employment law apply to you? Do you know which workplace posters you must display or which health and safety regulations you need to comply with? Avoid navigating countless employment law guides by zoning in on exactly what applies to your business with DOL’s FirstStep Employment Law Advisor. The Advisor will ask you a series of questions about your business and then provide simple information about employment laws that impact you. You can print out the results or refer back to the elaws Advisors tools for a deeper dive.

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About the Author:

Caron Beesley


Caron Beesley is a small business owner, a writer, and marketing communications consultant. Caron works with the SBA.gov team to promote essential government resources that help entrepreneurs and small business owners start-up, grow and succeed. Follow Caron on Twitter: @caronbeesley