Employment Law for Contractors
Hiring by the Book: Five Essential Steps for Contractors
Observing a few basic procedures when hiring a new worker can help construction employers avoid run-ins with federal and state authorities.
In our robust building market, skilled
workers are relatively scarce, and the need to fill important jobs
seems to increase by the day.
We are seeing signs
that, in their haste to put new people to work, some construction
employers are short-cutting – or ignoring altogether – important
administrative steps in the hiring process. In so doing, they may be
setting themselves up for costly (and avoidable) encounters with the
U.S. Department of Labor and other government agencies.
Here is a reminder of five critical steps to
be followed when hiring a new employee:
Form I-9 for each new hire.
Use the federal government’s
E-Verify program to check the employment eligibility of the
new potential worker.
Report a new hire to the
Arizona New Hire Reporting Center within 20 days of his/her
Have the new hire return a completed
Report your new employee to your
workers’ compensation carrier.
Also, if the new employee is eligible for
employee benefits, be sure that he or she is properly enrolled.
Depending on the circumstances, there are
other steps not mentioned here that you may need to take when
hiring an employee. You should consult with a human resource
professional or an employment lawyer to determine what else your
company must do when hiring new employees.
If you have a question about these
procedures and requirements, please contact Lori Guner at
480-947-1911 or by