labor laws

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The following 5 tips will help you avoid complications when hiring contractors. You want to grow your business, but the thought of taking on employees–dealing with salaries, payroll taxes and personality issues–scares you more than the latest Friday the 13th movie. Happily, there’s a way to expand your company’s capabilities without bloating it with staff: Hire […]

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I’m not saying that people don’t deserve a living wage, but when you add that to the cost of employee taxes, benefits, insurance and all of the risks that companies take on by hiring staff, it’s no surprise that in this economy, small business owners are thinking twice about it. Here’s a short list of […]

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You’ve reached a point where you’re ready to tear your hair out. You’re pulled in 17 different directions and, try as you might, you haven’t found a way to manufacture the 28-hour day. Much as it’s daunting, you’re staring down an inescapable fact: In order to grow your business, you . . . need . […]

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Election Day is just around the corner, and I have to confess–I get a little misty when I enter the election booth and pull the thick curtains closed behind me. In so few countries around the world do people get to vote without coercion or fear of reprisal on who will lead their government. Whatever […]

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The amount of control you have over your workers affects their legal definition. Entrepreneurs continually face an age-old conundrum: You can’t grow your company without hiring more people. But you can’t hire anyone until the company has grown enough to afford employees. That’s why independent contractors are often an attractive option. They save business owners […]

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As you may have heard, there’s a lot of hand-wringing going on in Congress and the courts about how to deal with illegal immigration. Your responsibility, as an employer, is to make sure that you get some form of verification from your employees that they are legally allowed to work in the United States. (Note, […]

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