All businesses with employees are required to comply with state and federal regulations regarding the protection of employees. For information on state labor laws, work force availability, prevailing wages, unemployment insurance, unionization, benefits packages and employment services contact your state government.
Federal information may be obtained by contacting the U.S. Department of Labor
The Federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires all employers to verify the employment eligibility of new employees. The law obligates an employer to process Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9. The Immigration and Naturalization Service Office of Business Liaison offers a selection of information bulletins and live assistance for this process through the Employer Hotline. In addition, INS forms and the Employer Handbook can be obtained by calling the Forms Hotline.
For Forms: (800) 870-3676
Employer Hotline: (800) 357-2099
Health and Safety
The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) outlines specific health and safety standards employers must provide for the protection of employees. Many states have similar standards.
For state information contact your local OSHA office.
If a business employs three or more people, workers’ compensation insurance must be carried to provide protection to those injured in onthejob accidents. The State Board of Workers’ Compensation aids people who need claim assistance. For more information contact your state government.
Virtually all business entities are subject to the federal minimum wage, overtime and child labor laws. Information on these laws and other federal laws, may be obtained from the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division.