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Hiring Your First Employee: A Step-by-step Guide Paperback – June 15, 2008
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Many great topics are discussed (some in more detail than others), like: anti-discrimination laws, responsibilities of a business owner when they hire an employee (insurance, taxes, etc), employment at will, hiring & firing and much, much more:
It also highlights things like: have you formed your business correctly for employees (should you now incorporate, form an LLC, etc.), and payroll: minimum wage & overtimes rules...how to decide how much to pay an employee, wheter to hire a young or experiences worker, types of benefits & leave to offer, health care coverage, etc.
One of the things I liked is that it really seems to help you as a business owner clarify what it really is you need to hire someone to do, and how to find a person to fill those needs & craft a good job description. There is a sample job application in the book, as well as others like sample job offer letter, etc. There are tips for where to find employees, and it delves into how to conduct interviews & actually make the decision, and then helps you prepare for their start (goes into the necessary paperwork, how to keep proper files, dealing with safety concerns, as well as paying your employee and how to take care of the taxes.Read more ›
One of the most useful sections of the book is the first section, which gives a handy chart and discussion about whether to hire an employee at all, and what other options you have: bringing on a partner, referring business out, using a temp, or bringing on an independent contractor. (Another choice might be outsourcing to another firm.)
One of the problems with this book is that it seems a bit disjointed in terms of the intended audience. In some places, they assume a fairly sophisticated reader, and in others, fairly straightforward issues (to me) are broken out step by step.
There is a section on health insurance that is just two pages, talking about the difference between PPO and HMO, but that's probably one of the least important things to know about health insurance as an employer. If I had written this section, I would have included a discussion about the employer's obligations to offer it in a uniform fashion to all employees and some of the tax and regulatory advantages to employer-purchased group insurance.
One area that the book misses is that there are payroll service companies that can make hiring the first employee much easier in terms of the regulatory issues - for a fee, of course. These payroll companies also sometimes have set up health insurance arrangements, giving a small business the advantage of being able to choose from more plans.Read more ›
One well-done section, called "Myths About Being an Employer," addresses doubts a business owner may have about hiring help. It says that firing an employees is not as legally risky as you might think, regulations are not as complicated as you may fear, and you don't necessarily have to provide costly benefits.
There are other carefully written chapters that address minimum pay and overtime requirements, background checks on prospective employees, and handling payroll and other taxes. For such practical aspects of hiring an employee, this is a valuable book.
In general, the most difficult part of hirinig a first employee is finding someone qualified, compatible, ethical, and motivated. This book doesn't discuss any of this; instead, it's more concerned about all the legal ramifications. Generally, your first employee is unlikely to sue you, very likely not to work out well, and very likely to lose money for you. So, it's far more important one understands what the employee will do and the character of the employee; than to be concerned about getting him or her to fill out the proper paperwork.
Employment related laws are so complicated that as a small company, you're probably better off letting another company do this work for you.
This book is more comprehensive on legal aspects than most books of this type I've seen. But, I think lots of other books cover the legal aspects well too.
A *** for an marginally relevant and mistitled book, and that there are better books available in this hiring practices.
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Hiring your first employee book was a very complete and thorough wealth of information! Went way beyond my expectations. Read morePublished 23 months ago by dw
There are many aspects to hiring an employee. Notably, making sure you hire the right person who will do a competent job without stealing from you. Read morePublished on July 26, 2011 by Joe Waynick
If you are a small business owner, then this book is for you. Many small business owners don't know the first thing about hiring good employees; however, this book discusses... Read morePublished on June 25, 2010 by LaShonda Bates
Hiring your First Employee is a concise, easy to follow guide that is well written and comprehensive. Definitely recommend.Published on June 30, 2009 by D. Smolarek
I decided to choose this book as I had just become a lead at work and thought it would be a good source of information for interviewing potential employees. Read morePublished on June 11, 2009 by Nopity Nopelstein
As the owner of a very small family business, the thought of hiring an employee is one that comes with both a sense of excitement and trepidation. Read morePublished on May 21, 2009 by Amazon Customer
If you own a Small Business and you need to know how to hire an employee, this book is for you. It goes through the legal side as well as using agencies to hire employees for you. Read morePublished on March 26, 2009 by Stuart M. Tysinger
This is the second Nolo book I've gotten to help me and my business (small business) and they have both been a great resources (the other is: "Public Domain, The: How to Find and... Read morePublished on February 26, 2009 by Brandy Fortune
This is my first NOLO book, and I must say, I thought it was very informative!
Set up in an easy to follow guide, the step by step process of hiring an emplyee is about as... Read more