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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 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.

There are more steps to hiring employees, such as having them complete the proper tax forms, scheduling them for required training and much more. Many of your employees will need to sign various forms such as a non-compete agreement, a nondisclosure agreement and more. An attorney can help ensure these forms are created properly so they will stand up in court if needed.

Source: hio.gov, "Hiring & Training Employees," accessed April 13, 2018

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