No business owner wants to be charged with violating labor laws or face civil liability as a result of some workplace incident. Unfortunately, it is often difficult for businesses to know which workplace regulations apply to their operation. That’s why it’s important for small businesses in particular to establish clear labor management standards to ensure they comply with all applicable labor laws. The best way to do this is to maintain clear, accurate, and up-to-date information on wages and hours, workplace health and safety, worker’s compensation, employee benefits, and other business operations affecting workers and employers.
What Are The Basic Responsibilities of Business Owners?
The first step in confirming that your business complies with all applicable labor laws is to understand which laws pertain to your company. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) lists the basic responsibilities of business owners in dealing with their employees:
- Make sure employees are paid properly
- Maintain specific employment-related records
- Ensure rules that apply to minor employees are followed
- Offer unpaid family or medical leave to employees who qualify for it
- Notify employees of their rights in the workplace
Employment rules vary based on the number of employees the business has, the nature of the work done by the employees, and other factors. Here’s a quick look at the labor management standards that small and midsize businesses must be aware of.
Which Labor Laws Apply to All U.S. Businesses?
Before we delve into laws specific to your business’s size or industry, it’s important to list the U.S. labor laws that apply to all businesses:
- Consumer Credit Protection Act (CCPA)
- Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA)
- Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
- Equal Pay Act (EPA)
- Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
- Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA)
- Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
- Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
The DOL’s Employer.gov site provides guidance to small business owners about their obligations under federal labor regulations. Among these are the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) compliance assistance resource for small businesses. In particular, OSHA’s Compliance Assistance Specialists are available in the agency’s regional and area offices to answer questions about how to comply with OSHA standards.
|DOL Resources for Small Businesses
In addition to meeting these federal requirements, you should determine which additional labor laws are applicable based on the number of people you employ. Businesses with more than a specified number of employees must also comply with these federal labor laws.
Small Businesses Can Avoid Violating Federal Labor Regulations with a State of the Art POS System
No matter the size of your company, keeping up with the many changes in federal, state, and local employment regulations can become a big challenge, and tracking your compliance can be even more challenging.
To help small businesses better understand the federal labor management standards that apply to them, the DOL has compiled a summary of its major laws that cover wages and hours, workplace health and safety, worker’s compensation, employee benefits, garnishment of wages, posters, veterans’ preferences, and other regulations affecting workers and employers.
And to help your business keep track of these various required processes, operations, and procedures, talech has created a POS system that can track, aggregate, and analyze your company’s data in a way that supports your business’s mission while keeping you compliant.
Learn more about how the talech POS system helps small and midsize retailers optimize their employee management and other business processes to boost profits and improve the experience for their customers. We work with you to determine the best ways to meet the needs of your customers and employees so your business can thrive. We take the time to learn your business so we can balance your specific needs with your budget and comfort level in a custom POS system implementation. The result is a valued investment that will pay for itself in short order. Reach out to us today to sign up for a free demo and learn more about how talech can be your valued partner in the POS world.
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