The number of small businesses in the United States is astounding. According to the most recent U.S Census data, there are more than 8.8 million businesses with less than 20 employees, with more than 21.3 million employees spread out among those businesses. The shear volume of individuals who do not work for a massive corporation is growing exponentially every year and the result is a lot of confusion on the part of small business owners who are struggling to understand the complicated federal employment laws that dictate how they must handle those employees. With this comprehensive A-Z guide to the federal employment laws that dictate the practices you must follow, you will learn every possible detail you will ever need to know to stay ahead of the government’s requirements and run a successful business.
There are more than 20 Federal acts that are designed to keep the workers of this country protected against various forms of discrimination, poor treatment, and negligence on the part of the employer. You will learn the intricate details of each of these federal acts and how they apply to you and your business. You will learn everything that applies to you in regards to age discrimination, disability discrimination, equal pay requirements, affirmative action, civil rights enactments, worker retraining, and dozens more acts such as OSHA, ERISA, EPPA, COBRA, SOX, PDA, and NLRA acts that enforce the standards of employment for millions of companies around the nation.
You will learn which laws your company specifically must follow and how state laws might further designate what you need to know when hiring and employing a new worker. A run down of each kind of business and how certain laws, such as OSHA and other worker safety laws will apply more restrictively to you. You will be shown exactly how each of these laws is enforced and what you can expect if you fail to do so – including the requisite fines, possible sanctions, or even loss of licensing in certain cases.
Many industry professionals have been interviewed to share their insights on the employment laws in this country, providing a more complete view of how you can adhere to and follow these laws effectively. The tools you need, including the forms and agency addresses and contacts, to comply with these laws are provided in their entirety, along with the federal and state agencies that you will be dealing with intricately in the weeks to come. A comprehensive listing of resources that are designed to help you make the right decisions and complete the necessary steps for each hire you make is also provided, annotated to show you which laws coincide with which resources. If you are considering starting your own business or are starting to expand and hire more employees, this book will provide every detail you need to effectively manage and maintain your growing workforce.