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BizReport : Research archives : September 02, 2013

SMBs: How to better prepare for employee interviews

In the small business space few executives have time to complete days and days of interviews. Couple that will stats out from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, showing that unemployment claims have been down throughout 2013, and the time for those pesky interviews may be drawing near. Here's how SMBs can get more from the interview process - without wasting time.

by Kristina Knight

According to a recent survey by Rocket Lawyer, employment issues/hiring concerns are near the top of SMB concerns. Understandable since many small businesses don't have time to sit through days of interviews and many aren't confident in their understanding of hiring laws.

Charley Moore, Chairman of Rocket Lawyer says one thing more SMBs must be aware of is the law - knowing about Fair Hiring Practices, Job Discrimination Laws.

"Stay compliant with state and federal structures regarding the classification of workers (part-time vs. full-time, contractor vs. employee), compensation policies (minimum wage, overtime, working hours, etc)," said Moore. "Make sure you get ALL employment agreements in writing. Specify the terms and conditions of employment with an Employment Offer Letter - that confirms the employees position, title, start date, salary, benefits, etc."

Once SMBs have a good understanding of the laws in hiring, Moore suggests developing a company handbook so that employees know their benefits as well as how the company expects them to perform. Along with that handbook create a worker's compensation program.

"This can help a small business avoid costly lawsuits and out of pocket expenses via insurance policies that protects SMBs and keep the worker from suing the employer in the event of an accident," said Moore.

Tags: employee interviews, Rocket Lawyer, smb tips, smb trends

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