Lynda McKay is the vice president of human resource consulting at Bagnall, an employee benefits and HR consulting firm that services small businesses and school districts. McKay’s extensive background with large and small companies has helped her acquire expert insight into the world of human resources. She shares practical advice for new startups.
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“As new companies begin their journey in entrepreneurship and find themselves expanding and needing to hire employees, there are definitely many employment and hiring practices that can be shared. For anyone whose business is not HR, it is important to understand that the employment laws begin even when they make that very first hire. While many federal laws may not apply with five or fewer employees, FLSA still applies, employers must always remember state and local laws come into play that either mirror the federal law or even take it a step further in its legal application.”
“Before making that very first offer of employment, it is critical to demonstrate your new organization’s ethical standing right out of the gate via the external job posting or advertisement. What is in a job posting and how it is worded not only should be a marketing piece for what you offer, but you should also ensure the details and content do not say you are discriminating on who you want to be a part of your developing team. Never take the stance or position that the candidate is the only one who must impress. Many great highly qualified candidates can just as easily want to be impressed. Gone are the days candidates should just be lucky to be considered. At least not the good ones. A well thought out plan for marketing new hires and knowing employment laws is going to be key to start your small business on the right foot.”
This article was written by Robin D. Everson for Small Business Pulse