Chapter 2

Register as an employer

You’ve considered the position you want to fill and your own responsibilities. It’s time to register as an employer.

a small business owner registering as an employer on a laptop

You can find details about the registration process on your local government website. Searching for things like ‘how to register as an employer’ or ‘register to pay employees’ will lead you to the right website pages.

Then it’s just a matter of making sure you have everything you need to register, completing all the necessary forms, and ticking off each step required by the government.

Understand employment law

The entire employment process is governed by certain laws, so understand them before you begin hiring. Speak with an employment lawyer for specific advice or check a government site to learn more about employment laws and how to comply with them.

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