The work-life balance of an entrepreneur can become heavily lopsided as momentum builds, demands increase, and responsibilities grow. Hiring a wingwoman or wingman to help you carry the load can provide some welcome relief. However, if you get wrapped up in the enthusiasm of hiring your prospective cohort, you may be tempted to overlook state rules and regulations to get them started as soon as possible. Verifying workplace requirements in your state before you hire someone is important. Otherwise, you could find yourself slapped with some heavy fines, forced to restructure or eliminate your work force, or shut down entirely.
Here’s a quick crash course on the steps you should take to onboard your team legally:
Are you ready to hire your first staff member but unsure what the requirements are in your state? Reach out to a local business attorney for guidance. Need help with drafting your employment documents such as your Employment Contract, Independent Contractor Agreement, Confidentiality Agreement, Non-Compete Agreement, or Employee Manual? A seasoned business attorney can help you create template documents and ensure that they are in compliance with state, federal, and local laws. Some attorneys offer quick turnarounds and flat fees for this service.
Andrea A. Tarshus, Esq. founded Tarshus Law Firm in 2015 to provide efficient, accessible, and fair General Counsel legal services to businesses and business owners. Tarshus Law Firm represents Western New York and Buffalo based businesses as well as large international and publicly traded corporations in industries such as: audio video ("AV"), products distribution, transportation and logistics, medical marijuana, marketing, social media, healthcare, and other sectors.
Andrea’s engagement with businesses regularly includes business formation, negotiating and executing favorable contracts, legal research and writing, project management, administering internal legal and operational controls, problem-solving, and strategizing. She enjoys working with business owners, C-suite executives, and company managers to create a comprehensive legal and business framework that supports operational efficiencies and strategies for growth.
This article is intended to be informational in nature, should not be relied upon by the reader without consultation with an attorney, and does not create an attorney-client relationship between the author and reader.