Whether you are opening the doors of your first small business, or you are growing your business, hiring employees is a critical step. Approaching this process can be overwhelming, especially while balancing other aspects of your business.
A CHALLENGING FIRST STEP
Employment plays a key role in your business, yet it is often the area that involves the biggest risk of legal disputes and issues. For many small business owners, it might be their first experience with employment laws, so there are a few things that small business owners must keep in mind as they begin the hiring process.
According to CNBC, many small businesses in California and across the nation are facing challenges on the hiring front. There are various reasons for this, but this struggle is leaving many small business owners desperate for quality employees. Even if you feel this stress, it is important to approach the hiring process with great care – especially if it is the first time you engage in hiring.
TWO MOST IMPORTANT FACTORS TO KNOW
As you begin the hiring process, you must:
- Know all the rules: As we have discussed in previous blog posts, there is a long list of laws and regulations that you must adhere to when hiring, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the more recent Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) provides extensive information on the important hiring rules to understand – and practices to avoid. Understanding these rules is not just important for large corporations; small businesses must also know the regulations of hiring practices.
- Consider consulting an attorney: It is often beneficial to seek guidance from a lawyer when you first open or expand your business, including when you begin to plan for the hiring process. Working with someone to fully understand the legal aspects of hiring can help avoid issues that could potentially develop into legal claims or disputes.
Taking these two steps may seem simple. However, it can help small business owners start hiring and growing their businesses with confidence. It can also guide them to actively prepare and avoid the risk of litigation.