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Starting a business: Hiring employees

Once your business is legally formed, one of the next steps you will need to take is to hire employees. This can be exciting, as you can see your business start to grow.

When it comes to hiring employees, you should consider the following:

  • Finding potential employees: There are a number of job sites online where you can post a help wanted ad. In Ohio, you should not overlook OhioMeansJobs. This site has a wealth of information about hiring employees, including information on hiring veterans, making accommodations for employees with disabilities, searching resumes and more.
  • Get a background check: Many employers require a background check before an employee is hired. These include schools, health care facilities, day care centers and more. Many employees who require a professional license must also have a background check completed. The Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) processes background checks -- about a million each year.
  • Report new employees: State and federal laws require an employer to report all new employees to the Ohio New Hire Reporting Center. One of the reasons for this is to help speed up the collection of child support from parents who might change jobs quite frequently.
  • Apply for workers' compensation: If your business is required to provide workers' compensation, then you should learn all you can about this coverage, including its costs, what it covers and what happens if the coverage lapses.

Don't fall into these start-up pitfalls

Do you have a great idea for a start-up? While enthusiasm is a great quality for entrepreneurs to have, it must be tempered with due diligence or you could find yourself in a world of trouble.

Before you jump the gun and get yourself in over your head in some murky legal waters, slow down and consider some of the ways you could trip yourself up in the start-up world.

Are employment contracts really necessary in small businesses?

Whether your small business needs an employment contract depends on your circumstances. Many small business owners in Ohio forgo employment contracts because they view them as being more trouble than they are worth. However, failing to take the time to determine if you need an employment contract can be costly.

When trying to determine your small business employment contract needs, there are several important factors to consider. 

Can I implement wearable health trackers for workers?

One hot new employment trend is wearable health technology that can promote wellness in the workforce. Companies want healthy employees, who definitely have a vested interest in their own well-being. Sounds like a win-win situation, right?

Before jumping aboard the wearable bandwagon, learn more about the legal limitations involved with this type of technology.

How should I select a business partner?

Choosing a business partner is a bit like choosing your spouse. And like an unhappy marriage, if you make the wrong choice, you can set yourself up for failure. If you want to stick it out for the long run, you should select someone whose skill set complements your own and with whom you are comfortable working.

You don't want to rush into a business partnership. That can be an expensive recipe for disaster. Read on to learn some tips for choosing the best business partner for you and your next entrepreneurial venture.

What do employers need to know about sexual harassment?

It's every Cincinnati employer's legal responsibility to do everything they can to prevent workplace sexual harassment. When drafting workplace policies, creating sexual harassment education materials and enforcing these policies, here are a few things that employers should consider:

  • Sexual harassment happens between men and women, women and women and men and men. Gender is irrelevant. Anyone can become a victim of this type of abuse.
  • A harasser could be anyone, including vendors and customers. Employers must protect their employees from harassment by any person affiliated or transacting with the business.
  • Sexual harassment victims include the victims themselves and employees who witnessed the behavior. Anyone can be negatively affected and injured by the abuse, even those who are not the direct targets.
  • Inform employees to call out harassers and tell them to stop and that the behaviors and actions are unwelcome.
  • Make sure that all employees understand the procedures for reporting sexual harassment. Make these procedures as easy as possible for employees.
  • Help employees understand that they will never be retaliated against for reporting sexual harassment.
  • If an employee experiences mistreatment or harassment by a fellow employee and that employee retaliates against them for telling him or her to stop, or for reporting the abuse, the harassed employees need to know that they should immediately report the retaliation to the appropriate person.

Were you sexually harassed while at work in Cincinnati? Even if you're not sure whether you were sexually harassed or not, you might want to consider discussing the issue with the appropriate person at your workplace. Furthermore, you may want to review your legal rights and options available to victims of such abuse.

Considering An S Corporation? This Information May Help

Choosing the type of business entity that will work best for your company can be a confusing and frustrating process. With so many choices, it can be challenging to know which one will give you the most bang for your buck while also allowing your business to thrive.

Perhaps you have already eliminated certain entity types from consideration and are now leaning toward one or two. If one of them happens to be an S corporation, the following information may help you make your decision.

What's the difference between a general and limited partnership?

When it comes to forming a business partnership, you can either set up a general or a limited one.

A general partnership is incorporated by two of more individuals looking to jointly own a for-profit business. Partners in a operation such as this agree to share their assets, whether it be skills or monetary ones.

What is "scope creep"?

Most business owners at some point encounter clients who want to push the boundaries of the contractual obligations in their favor. Depending on the industry, they may ask for last-minute changes to blueprints or for the business owner to toss in some extra software packages after the deal's been closed. In the industry, it's often referred to as "scope creep," and it's a real problem.

While there is intrinsic value in keeping customers satisfied, if that satisfaction is eroding your bottom line, you need to reclaim your project's boundaries. Below are some suggestions for doing so.

Consideration and construction contracts

There are many requirements that are put in place in the United States regarding contracts. This ensures that things are in writing and that fraud attempts or misunderstandings can be avoided as much as possible.

These laws vary slightly from state to state. However, the general law is that any contract that involves goods worth $500 or more, or contracts that are set to exist for more than one year, should be in writing.

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