Registering as an employer may take time, so start the process as early as possible.
Here’s what you need to do:
- You’ll need an employer identification number (EIN). Apply for an EIN on the IRS website.
- You may also need to get a state employer identification number and register for state unemployment (SUTA) tax and workers compensation insurance. For more information, visit your state’s labor or revenue department website.
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.
To find out more about your duties as an employer, check out the SBA page on hiring and managing employees. Visit your state’s labor or revenue department website for employment laws that apply to your state.
Xero does not provide accounting, tax, business or legal advice. This guide has been provided for information purposes only. You should consult your own professional advisors for advice directly relating to your business or before taking action in relation to any of the content provided.
How to hire employees
Hiring help can improve your business, and your lifestyle. But it’s a big process. Here are the main things to keep in mind.
- Know your employer responsibilities
You have a duty of care to your employees. Get familiar with your employer responsibilities before you start the hiring.
- 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.
- Write a job description
You want the perfect employee. They want the perfect employer. Find out how to write a job description that stands out.
- The recruitment process
Now the applicants are lining up. So how do you sort through them all and select the best fit for your business?
- Employee onboarding
Employee onboarding is more than orientation. It’s setting expectations, building relationships, and providing support.
- Run payroll for your employees
Paying your employees right is essential. It’s also a legal requirement. Let’s take a look at the payroll process.
- Manage employee evaluations
Your employees need support too. They need to know if they’re on the right track. Employee evaluations help with that.
- Tools and guides for your business
Now that you’re an employer, you want to strengthen your business. Xero’s got resources and solutions to help.
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