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4 things to remember if you are ready to hire more employees

Adding workers to your payroll is not an insignificant decision for small business owners. It is generally only something people do after careful examination of finances, resources and need. Fortunately for the economy, adding jobs looks to be a priority for most small businesses in the country.

In fact, according to a recent report, small business job creation increased by six points  across the U.S. last month. If you are among those small business owners ready to expand your workforce, you should refresh yourself on lawful, effective hiring practices.  

You cannot discriminate

Employees are protected from discrimination based on their gender, race, religion, sex, age and other protected characteristics. This means that you should take these traits out of your employment decisions altogether.

You must categorize your workers properly

Hiring someone as a contractor to avoid responsibilities like providing health care benefits or paying overtime can be a good business decision. However, if that person should be classified as an employee, then you could wind up accused of violating his or her rights.

Having an employee handbook can solve (and prevent) problems

A handbook with information on acceptable workplace conduct, safety guidelines and procedures for filing a complaint can be critical in helping you avoid disputes by informing employees of their rights and responsibilities.

You also need to protect your business

Welcoming a new employee to the business can come with certain risks if that person will have access to confidential information and trade secrets. To protect your business from theft or disclosure of this information, you would be wise to consider tools like non-compete agreements and confidentiality clauses.

This can all be a lot to remember and enforce, especially when you are also trying to find the right person to fill the open roles. Because of this, it can be helpful to consult an attorney to discuss your rights and obligations as a California employer. With legal guidance, you can avoid costly mistakes and be confident in your hiring decisions.

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