Once your small business hires employees, the game changes dramatically. Employees bring with them a wide range of issues, from compensation and benefits to family leave policies to work-related injuries and claims for unemployment benefits. Also, employers are required to withhold and remit payroll taxes to federal, state and local governments, and the failure to do so can have severe consequences. Many small businesses seek to avoid these issues by classifying their workers as independent contractors instead of employees, but the IRS has made a priority of investigating cases of misclassification. The Small Business Law Center® can help you work through these and other issues affordably so that your employees are a benefit, not a burden, to your business.
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