A Business-Minded Approach To Employment Law

The small business owner’s guide to employment law

On Behalf of | Nov 16, 2022 | Employment Law |

If you’re a small business owner in Florida, there are some employment laws that you’ll want to stay on top of. There’s a total of 20 federal laws relating to how the employer-employee relationship works. This is how union rights and the use of polygraph tests are governed, for instance.

Which laws do you have to worry about?

If you’re already feeling overwhelmed, there’s no need to worry. There’s a good chance that the list of federal employment laws you have to worry about is much smaller. If you have fewer than 15 employees, then you’re in the clear from worry about the majority of these laws.

Still, even if you’re only employing one person, there are six laws you’ll want to know well. Regardless of the type or size of your company, these are the federal laws that you’ll definitely want to become acquainted with as a business owner:

  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • National Labor Relations Act
  • Immigration Reform and Control Act
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • Equal Pay Act
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act

Governing the relationship between an employer and their employees

The Fair Labor Standards Act or FLSA is the primary way that the federal government controls the way employees are paid. This employment and labor law is how things like overtime standards and the national minimum wage were established.

With the National Labor Relations Act or NLRA, most workers are given the right to form a union. Even if you have a nonunion company, you’re still subject to this law.

Under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 or IRCA, employers are required to verify that each of their employees is legally allowed to work in the U.S. This law also includes the prohibition of discrimination.