A Guide to Employment Law

Employment law is a broad area of law that focuses on the employer/employee relationship. Employment law consists of thousands of federal and state statutes, including administrative regulations. A few areas to think about are: working conditions, employment terms, wages, hours, discrimination, dismissal, unions and collective bargaining.

In California, employment law begins before you even hire an employee. As an employer, you will want start by obtaining Workers Compensation Insurance, and setting up an employer payroll tax account with the California Employment Development Department. Additionally, an interview process will need to be put in place with some sort of legal background check that has correct consent procedures.

The next step is to have an accurate process for on-boarding new employees. Whether this is with immigration law, tax issues or simply a pay-roll system a process is needed for whenever you bring on a new employee.

Contractual work will play a huge role in this process as you will need to keep paperwork on every employee who signs onto the company, including paystubs and wage notice. Providing benefits that comply with state and federal law, having a safe workplace and not and creating a system for enough paid time off are a few more of the issues employment law deals with.

The International Labour Organization has been put in place to deal with international employment issues. However, the ILO’s enforcement mechanisms are weak and have barely any weight across the world. The only international institution that deals with employment issues is the World Trade Organization, which carries out problems through tariffs on trades with countries who do not cooperate.

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