New employers: Hiring your first employees

New employers: Hiring your first employees


I’m Celia Nightingale the Small
Business Liaison for the Department of Labor and Industries. And I’m Aaron Hoffman, the Assistant Liaison.
I’m glad to know that your business is growing. As a new employer, you will have
many new responsibilities. Responsibilities for following lawful
employment practices, for payroll and recordkeeping, for paying
employment taxes and workers’ compensation insurance, for
workplace safety and other things.
Celia is right, there are a handful of things you’ll need to be aware of
and understand. It can all seem overwhelming, but we’re here to
help. This series of quick clips on the site are meant to do just that. We’ve broken the topics into several small segments that you can access as time
and need allow. It’s our goal to make it easy to do
business with L&I. We encourage you to learn more by
attending L&I’s free workshop- “Employer’s Intro to L&I,” offered
in various locations around the state. There’s no more efficient way to learn
what you need to know about your responsibilities.
For a more comprehensive look including federal, state and local
requirements, we encourage you to read the online
Washington Small Business Guide. The guide is a great place to learn about
requirements and be directed to a variety of
resources for more information. You’ll also find good information on L&I’s
Small Business website. And you’re always welcome to call and
ask questions. Thanks for your time. We look forward to
your continued growth and success.

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