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Before You Start Hiring

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Before You Start Hiring

After starting a small business, it may seem like a good idea to hire an employee. Another person to help out could bring in more customers and pay for itself, all the while growing your business. One has to consider what the legal process of hiring an employee entails.

Before hiring an employee, it’s important to obtain an employer identification number (EIN) from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Then, it’s important to find or set up a record keeping system as employers are required to keep federal tax records on employees for up to 4 years. There is a software for this which calculates the taxes that need to be withheld for each pay period. Employers must report monies paid and taxes withheld for each employee by the last day in February, every year, to the Social Security Administration, for the previous calendar year. Businesses are also required to send W-2’s to each employee by the 31st of January of the year, following the reporting period. As for state taxes, each state has its own laws regarding the taxes and will depend on the state where the employee lives. Each state has its own New Hire Reporting Program in which you need to register within 20 days of the employee hire date.
Upon hiring an employee, you’ll need to make sure they are eligible to work in the United States. This means checking, to be sure that the person is a citizen of the United States or is allowed to work here, by examining and verifying certain documents. Only the documents specified on form I-9 are allowed to be requested. Register with E-Verify to electronically verify the documents. You can also visit to find out more detailed information on what the law requires.

Next, you’ll need to acquire worker’s compensation insurance which is mandatory for all businesses with employees. This is carried by commercial carriers but is also accessible through your state’s Workers Compensation Insurance Program. You can find out more about this program by visiting the Department of Labor’s website at

There are posters that employers are obligated to put on display that inform employees of their rights and employer responsibilities under the labor laws. Some of these contain information on the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), minimum wage laws, health and safety laws, etc. Not every business is required to post every poster, depending on the type of business.. You can visit determine, based on your business, what posters you’ll need.

10 Questions to Ask the Potential Employees & Their References

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Questions to Ask the Potential Employees & Their References

A great company is built with great employees. The only problem is that finding great employees can be hard, time consuming, and costs a lot of money.

The only thing worse in hiring an employee is replacing someone that you just hired and take the time to train.

While there are many great qualities you need to look for in an employee such as ability, competency, and commitment which can be found by looking at the resume, a true sense of the person can come by asking unexpected questions.

You also need to catch the person’s references off guard if you want a true sense of what the person is like.

So, here are five questions each you can ask both to the potential employee and the references.

Questions for the Potential Employee

• What is the best and worst thing you learned from your first job?
This will help you learn if the person is generally positive or negative.

• When we contact your last boss to verify that you worked there, what will they say about your last work review?
This question helps determine the person’s honesty level.

• What have you done in life that you are most proud of?
This question helps to show what the person feels about himself and whether he values himself.

• From one to ten, how would you rate your ability at being (insert job title) and why?
This will show if the person truly feels capable of doing the job.

• Are there any questions you would like to ask about the company or the job?

Questions to Ask the Reference

• What is your relationship to the potential employee?
This lets you know of any conflict of interest.

• Please confirm where the potential employee worked, how long they worked there, and what they did.
You are looking for any discrepancies.

• How would you describe the potential employee’s work performance?

• How responsible was the potential employee and did he/she performed the tasks well?

• What are the potential employee’s best strengths and weaknesses?
You want to get an overall sense of the person.

By asking these questions, you will be able to have a sense of what the person is really like and whether you want to hire them or not.