Your new small business is doing well; you’ve expanded your marketing and sales teams, and you’re ready to take the next step. That next step may mean hiring a human resources professional or department to ensure your business is compliant with all labor laws. Establishing an HR department is a crucial part of doing business, and it’s one expense that all business owners must accept. If you’ve never worked in human resources or if you aren’t sure where to start, here’s some information to send you on your way to becoming a pro.
Reporting new employees
One of the first jobs of every human resources department is to collect the required documentation for new hires in your organization. You’ll want to visit the “Hiring Employees” page of the IRS website to find all the necessary forms, and you’ll want to double check those forms with your state’s requirements, in addition to any federal requirements. Make sure to keep accurate and organized records of all the paperwork.
Working with people with disabilities
The Americans with Disabilities Act is an important part of the human resources department. You’ll want to read and familiarize yourself with this act, and make sure your business complies with the legal requirements. If you aren’t sure what accommodations you’re legally required to make, check on the website for helpful information.
Legally terminating employees
When the unfortunate happens and an employee must be let go, the human resources department must ensure all procedures and laws are followed. Be incredibly thorough when terminating an employee, downsizing your company or going through lay offs. Be sure to follow your state and federal requirements when pertaining to things like last paychecks, benefits and other details that come up when an employee is terminated.
Posting Important Information In The Workplace
Now that you’re an employer, make sure you display all the legally required documents for federal and state laws. The posters are all available online and include important topics like labor laws, child labor, Equal Employment Opportunity, Fair Labor Standards, minimum wage, occupational safety and more. Displaying the necessary posters may seem like a small step, but it’s another important job of the human resources department.
Determining the place and purpose for unions
Did you know that the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) gives employees the right to organize and bargain collectively with employers through representatives of their choosing? Basically, the NLRA allows all workers to have the right to assemble, and if you’re an employer, you may want to familiarize yourself with the NLRA principles. Dealing with unions may never come up, especially if you run a smaller organization with fewer employees, but the human resources department is also responsible for this too.
This article was written by Deborah Flomberg for Small Business Pulse