If I Start a Business, What Employment Laws Should I Be Aware Of?

A Video FAQ with M. Thomas Langan II.

If you start a business and hire employees, there can be several employment laws that you should be aware of. Generally speaking, employment laws are on a sliding scale approach. If you only have 1 or 2 employees, your company will generally be exempt from many employment laws; however, as  your company continues to grow and expand, it will start to become subject to more and more of these employment laws.

  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act. If your company offers employment benefit plans or health plans you could be subject to ERISA. ERISA governs these plans and makes sure that they are offered and implemented in a fair and financially sound manner.
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA governs workplace safety and applies to most businesses.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA generally prohibits employers from discriminating against qualified employees or applicants with disabilities.
  • Family and Medical Leave Act.  FMLA  requires certain employers to provide for job protection or unpaid leave for employees facing certain medical- or military-related events.

There are many employment laws that could apply to your business, but knowing which ones your company is subject to is very important.

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