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What laws do I have to consider if I hire employees for my business?

There are many Federal and State laws that regulate wages, hours, discrimination, safety and benefits. Many of the laws are applicable depending on the number of employees, whether you have contracts or subcontracts with the Federal government, if you employ veterans, and whether or not you provide benefits to name just a few. Every business/employer is different so be sure to check the state and federal websites for all the requirements. Below I have listed a few of the things you should think about but there is no way we can list all applicable laws and regulations on this site. Always check with the Federal and State agencies to be sure you are covered.

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Some of the Federal and State Concerns:
Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) – 20 or more employees Federal
Americans with Disability Act (ADA) - 15 or more employees Federal
Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) - 20 or more employees Federal
Mini COBRA – Massachusetts small employers 2 – 19 employees
Consumer Credit Protection Act (CCPA) – All Employers Federal
Davis Bacon Act – Federal Contracts of $2,000
Drug Free Workplace Act – Federal Contracts or Grants
Affirmative Action – 50 or more employees, Federal Contracts
Walsh Healey - Federal Contracts $10,000 or more
Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Act – Federal Contracts $25,000 or more
Employee Polygraph Protection Act – Interstate Commerce - Massachusetts
Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) – Covers Employee Benefit Plans Federal
Equal Pay Act – All Employers Federal
Termination Pay – Massachusetts and Federal
Equal Opportunity (Executive Order 11246) – No discrimination Rules Federal
Title VII of Civil Rights Act – 15 or more employees Federal
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) – Most Employers Federal
Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) – 4 or more employees Federal
Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) – All Employers Federal
National Labor Relations Act – Most Employers Federal
Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act (USERRA) – All Employers - Federal
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – Most Employers Federal
Federal and State both have minimum wage laws
Overtime and working on Sundays both have regulations for most employers – Massachusetts and Federal
Meal Break Rules - Massachusetts
Family Medical Leave Act - Federal
Small Necessities Leave Act - Massachusetts
Massachusetts Child Labor Laws
Workplace Posting Requirements – Massachusetts and Federal requirements

Last update on January 17, 2011 by Administrator.

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This site is intended to provide information about doing business in the Greater Westfield area.  It is not intended to take the place of consulting an advisor such as an attorney or accountant.  You should not treat the answers on this site as legal, accounting or professional advice.  Such advice can only be properly given by qualified professionals who are fully aware of your particular circumstances.  While we have made efforts to keep the site current, many of the laws, regulations and ordinances referred to change on a regular basis, and so the information provided may not reflect the most current legal developments.