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, […]

Employer obligations under HIPAA (for HR and executives)

(upbeat music) – The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, commonly referred to as HIPAA, governs the use and disclosure of an individual’s health information by certain covered entities. Which includes health plans, health care clearinghouses, and health care providers. Under HIPAA, the federal government issued a number of regulations, including regulations on HIPAA privacy, HIPAA […]

New employers: Employer requirements

In addition to workers’ compensation and safety and health, L&I oversees wage and hour laws. These include requirements related to minimum wage, overtime, employment of teens under 18, break and lunch periods, payment of wages, payroll deductions, and personnel records. One often misunderstood area concerns independent contractors. Many businesses hire people as independent contractors that don’t meet the […]