11 Compliance Resources to Help Keep Your Business Afloat

July 8, 2016
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Category: Compliance

For approximately 80% of small businesses, the owner is primarily responsible for regulatory issues. But in a recent survey, 60% had some level of difficulty understanding and managing through regulations and laws that affect their business.

These stats shouldn’t surprise. Running a business today is not without its challenges. But, here’s the thing: non-compliance can be a real business killer. Or at least one of the reasons business dreams fail to reach their full potential. Since 2000, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations alone have skyrocketed 438%, resulting in billions of dollars paid in penalties and owed wages.

Our CEO David Sacks speaks of compliance like oxygen: businesses need it to breathe, to survive. At the same time, we fully understand that strategic priorities shouldn’t need to take a backseat to an overwhelming administrative workload. You’ve got product-market fit, talent acquisition and retention, and recurring revenue to worry about. Who has time to keep abreast of new laws and file paperwork?

We get it, and we want to help you keep the focus on driving that profitable business you know you can grow. So, to help, we’ve put together this list of resources for navigating the compliance waters.

Note: Tides change, and new regulations — from minimum wage to paid time off legislation — are sure to surface in the coming months and years. Be sure to stay abreast by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, curated with tips to help you better manage your team and your business.

Navigating Compliance Change? Here’s 11 Resources That Can Help

1. Compliance Checklist: Federal Employment Laws You Need to Know At Every Stage of Your Company’s Growth

Adding your first employee or your 15th? Federal employment laws change as you reach these employee count thresholds, and several others. Here’s a handy checklist to quickly see what laws apply to you and when.

2. Passing the 50 Employees Threshold: HR Compliance Changes To Consider

Congrats on reaching this milestone! Hiring your 50th employee can feel incredibly rewarding, but don’t let regulation changes catch you off guard. From ACA to FLMA, here’s what you need to know.

3. Top 10 Compliance Issues for Employers  

From weed to Obamacare, compliance concerns are ever-expanding. The good news? You’re not alone. This list breaks down some of the top challenges employers are facing in the workplace — and even more resources to tackle them.

4. What You Need to Know about the New Overtime Regulation Changes (May 2016)

In the above “top issues” article, impending changes to overtime eligibility are referenced. In May 2016, these changes were signed into law — and they affect more than 4.2 million workers. Get the download on what this means for your business.

5. Your Guide to Overtime and FLSA: How to Properly Classify and Pay Employees (and Avoid Steep Regulatory Penalties)

Not sure how to classify your workers, or what to pay them? This is one of the most common areas of non-compliance, and it costs employers millions each year. Our guide can help you build an easy 10-step action plan to avoid those hefty fines.

6. Hiring Independent Contractors: Here’s The Forms You Need

Hiring contractors for the first time? The forms and tax documents required by the IRS are different than documents used for employees. Make sure you’re properly classifying your workers, then consult this list to make sure you’re filing the right paperwork.

7. Making Sense of Employee Recordkeeping: What to Keep and For How Long

As an employer, you’re required to keep certain employee files on record for certain lengths of time. For example, I-9s must be kept for 3 years after termination, and benefits documents must be kept for 6 years after the plan date. But don’t worry: We’ve got a way around the paperwork paralysis.

8. ACA Waivers Are Ending: Will Your Business Be Affected?

When the government passed the Affordable Care Act in 2010, it established minimum standards for health insurance in the U.S. By the end of 2017, all small business insurance plans will have to meet the new government standards. The time to start planning for the change? Now.

9. Small Group Employer Definition in Each State

The PACE act was signed in October 2015, giving states the ability to choose a “small group employer” definition of either 2-50 or 2-100 employees. Growing above 50 employees? You’ll want to know how your state defines “small group” as it will impact health insurance rates.

10. How the Obergefell v. Hodges Marriage Ruling Affects Employee Benefits

As of June 2015, same-sex marriage has been legally recognized across all 50 states, impacting not only marriage but also requirements for employers who offer insurance benefits to spouses. This guide can help you ensure compliance.

11. U.S. Development of Labor: State-Defined Labor Laws

Complying with the Federal Department of Labor and their regulations is required, but so is compliance with state laws — and these are often more rigorous requirements than their federal counterparts. The U.S. DoL site can be a good resource to stay on top of what’s required in your state.

Changing regulations still have you feeling underwater? Not to fear.

With the help of modern HR software and trusted advisors, small businesses in 2016 are tackling their compliance challenges in record time — and even having delightful experiences with compliance automation tools (yes, delightful). We’d be happy to help bring your business into the modern age of HR management. Simply reach out to one of our advisors to get started.

About

Deanna is the Director of Content Marketing at Zenefits, where she enjoys bringing our mission to 'make entrepreneurship easier' to life through programs that champion the voice of small businesses and empower them to thrive in today's economy.

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