Hiring Your First Employee

When preparing for an interview, remember some dos and don’ts.

  1. Some questions are off limits. There are questions you should not ask, because of the ethics – or because it may be simply illegal. It’s better not to be curious about such personal subjects as an applicant’s age, sexual orientation, marital status, religious affiliation etc.
  2. Check references. Do ask for at least 3 references, and make sure to contact them. Two of them should be professional (ask professional and duties related questions) and one – personal (a good move here would be to ask whether the person would hire the applicant themselves).
  3. Set a salary and choose the employee’s classification. You should know that there’s a minimum wage – and you cannot pay less than that; and there’s a minimum age for employment – you cannot hire anyone younger than that. When hiring someone, you should understand the status of the new employee – part time or full time. For tax reasons, you must categorize your worker as an independent contractor, common-law employee, statutory employee or statutory nonemployee. And keep in mind, that misclassification may cost you a fine, or even criminal charges.
  4. Get your records straight. There is certain information a company must maintain on each employee, such as employee’s full name and social security number, mailing address, basis on which employee’s wages are paid, regular hourly pay rate, overtime earnings, total wages paid each pay period etc. Here you may add a list of the taxes you’ll have to pay as an employer.
  5. Handle your immigration issues carefully. If you are hiring a non-citizen, make sure you fill in all the required forms to prove the person is eligible to work in the country.
  6. Get the right insurance coverage. There are 2 basic types of disability coverage: short term (from 12 weeks to 1 year), and long term (over a year). The important thig here is the waiting period before benefits are paid.

Erika Welz Prafder is a workplace columnist for The New York Post and the author of “Keep Your Paycheck, Live Your Passion: How to Fulfill Your Dream Without Having to Quit Your Day Job” (Adams Media).

Read full article on Enterpreuner.com

By Erika Welz Prafder

Back to Blog
LinkedIn Facebook Twitter