Hiring Employees for Your New Business?
A Checklist for New Employers
Congratulations on starting your new business! You have taken a great first step in choosing a business entity, but what’s next? If the answer is hiring employees, there are some things you need to know. Below is a checklist of next steps to assist you with building your workforce.
- Get an Employer Identification Number (EIN). You can apply online.
- Find out whether you need state or local tax identification numbers.
- Determine whether you will be hiring an employee or an independent contractor (there are wage and tax consequences for each).
- Determine whether your employee will be exempt or non-exempt from coverage of the Fair Labor Standard Act.
- Determine a pay rate consistent with state and federal wage laws.
- Create a compensation plan for holiday, vacation and leave consistent with any local paid leave laws.
- Review federal, state, and local anti-discrimination laws in the hiring, interviewing, and selection process.
- Draft a legally-compliant and clear job description.
- Draft a job posting consistent with your job description. Include in general terms what compensation and benefits you are willing to provide.
- Provide employee benefit plans and determine how to administer them.
- Complete IRS form W-4 for each employee.
- Provide an I-9 form and verify the information provided.
- Report your newly hired employee to the Kentucky New Hire Reporting Center within 30 days.
- Register with the Kentucky Career Center to establish a state unemployment insurance account.
- Establish workers’ compensation insurance coverage for employees.
- Obtain and display all state and federally mandated posters.
- Familiarize yourself with all occupational safety and health regulations related to your business.
- Identify all state and federal employment laws for which you are a covered employer.
- Draft policies related to said state and federal employment laws.
- Create and maintain an employee handbook.
- Create a non-disclosure agreement consistent with state and federal requirements to protect your confidential information such as client lists, product designs or other intellectual property.
- Document every job-related aspect of the employment relationship (i.e., offer letters, employment agreements, confidentiality agreements, etc.) in an employee’s personnel file.
- Create a separate confidential file for each employee for items that cannot be included in an employee file such as medical information, I-9s and other sensitive documents.
These items are just a starting point and we know they can be daunting. We’ve helped countless small businesses overcome the same set of hurdles to great result.
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