DATE: July 25, 2014
RE: Employment law compliance plan
Small business Landslide Limousines
Mr. Bradley Stonefield is looking to open a limousine service in Austin, Texas. He noticed that there is a need for upscale transportation services in his town. The plan is to have at least 25 employees within the first year. Mr. Stonefield wants to make sure that he is in compliance with his state laws. Below I will highlight some key laws that he must oblige by when dealing with employees. Laws and regulations have been put in place for the sole purpose to protect the employees from undesirable and unethical work environments. Failure to comply with these laws can result in fines, lawsuits, imprisonment and or having your business closed down. Now is the time to take a critical look at the hiring process to make sure it is efficient and effective. Before going into the laws that must be followed, it is imperative to first prepare a well thought-out job description that can be used for both hiring and employment purposes.
The Department of Labor (DOL) administers and enforces more than 180 federal laws. These mandates and the regulations that implement them cover many workplace activities for about 10 million employers and 125 million workers. When hiring, please be aware that you cannot discriminate someone due to their age. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) protects older workers from being discriminated against. Signed by President Lyndon B Johnson this act enforces that an employee can not be fired, laid off, denied a promotion due to his or her age.
Another key factor to discuss when hiring staff is to make sure that you are not short-changing an employee. Presently the minimum wage rate in Texas is $7.25 therefore Mr. Stonefield cannot pay his employees anything below that rate.
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