Hiring Your First Employee: A Step-by-Step Guide

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The only book that addresses the specific needs of anyone hiring an employee for the first time

Hiring anyone can be intimidating – but this is especially true if you're considering hiring your first employee. A new level of laws and regulations kick in, not to mention all the costs involved.

Fortunately, Hiring Your First Employee  provides a complete, easy-to-read overview of hiring an ...

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Overview

The only book that addresses the specific needs of anyone hiring an employee for the first time

Hiring anyone can be intimidating – but this is especially true if you're considering hiring your first employee. A new level of laws and regulations kick in, not to mention all the costs involved.

Fortunately, Hiring Your First Employee  provides a complete, easy-to-read overview of hiring an employee, as well as legal and practical advice at every step. 

Written by bestselling business author and attorney Fredrick Steingold, this tightly focused book will help you: 

 figure out if it's the right to time to hire determine the salary or wage consider benefits to offer obtain an employee identification number write a job description find and screen applicants prepare the necessary paperwork maintain employee files deal with health and safety issues deposit payroll taxes deduct employment expenses troubleshoot employee problems

Hiring Your First Employee provides 50-state legal summaries in plain English, sample forms and charts that compare the pros and cons when making decisions about hiring someone.

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Attorney Fred S. Steingold practices law in Ann Arbor, Michigan. An expert on small business law, he represents and advises many small businesses. He is the author of Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business and The Employer's Legal Handbook. His monthly column, "The Legal Advisor," is carried by trade publications across the country.
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Table of Contents


Deciding Whether to Hire an Employee
When Hiring an Employee May Not Be Wise     3
What an Employee Can Do for Business     4
When You Can't Do It All Yourself     6
Options Other Than Hiring an Employee     7
Assessing the Cost of Hiring an Employee     13
Myths About Being an Employer     15
Avoiding Legal Pitfalls
Preserve Your Right to End the Relationship     20
Follow Anti-Discrimination Guidelines     26
Reconsider the Legal Form of Your Business     31
Setting the Pay Rate
Minimum Pay and Overtime Requirements     48
Exceptions to the Minimum Wage and Overtime Rules     50
Employees Who Get Tips or Commissions     54
Paying for Time Spent Not Working     55
Deciding How Much to Pay     59
Factoring in Employment Taxes     62
Considering Benefits to Offer
Benefits That Cost Little or Nothing     64
Paid Time Off     67
Health Care Coverage     71
Retirement Savings     74
Other Benefits     75
Getting Ready to Hire
Job Descriptions     82
Job Applications     91
Finding Potential Employees     101
Registering as an Employer     104
Screening Applicants and Making a Job Offer
Preparing for an Interview     110
Taking Legal Precautions     113
Conducting the Interview     114
Checking References     119
Doing Background Checks     120
Making a Job Offer     135
Rejecting Applicants     138
Offering Noncompete and Nondisclosure Agreements     140
Preparing for Your Employee's First Day
Welcoming Your Employee     144
Completing Required Paperwork     145
Required Posters     156
Other Possible Paperwork     158
Maintaining Employee Files
Employee Files     162
Protecting Your Employee's Privacy     167
Employee Access to Personnel Files     168
Dealing With Safety and Health Concerns
The Occupational Safety and Health Act     176
State Safety and Health Laws     181
Workers' Compensation Insurance     182
Tobacco Smoke in the Workplace     185
Paying Your Employee
Preparing Paychecks     188
Reimbursing Expenses     194
Wage and Hour Record keeping Requirements     196
Handling Payroll and Other Taxes
Payroll Taxes Defined     200
Computing Payroll Taxes     200
Depositing Payroll Taxes     201
How to Deposit     202
When to Deposit     203
State Employment Taxes     206
Year-End Tax Filings     207
Payroll Tax Record keeping     210
Deducting Employment Expenses
Reporting Income and Paying Taxes     212
Deductible Expenses     215
Motivating Your Employee
Moving Beyond Money     224
Troubleshooting Problems     228
Index     229
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