The Connecticut Department of Labor maintains a good web site with information on hiring, worker training programs, FAQ's, prevailing wages and much more. It is a good idea to start here for questions on employment issues.
Labor Posters to Display in Your Business
The federal posters that should be on display for your business vary widely depending on the type of business that you are in. The U.S. Department of Labor has an interactive Poster Advisor tool that will walk you through the steps to determine the posters that you will need specifically for your particular business. In addition to knowing what federal labor posters you should have on hand, you should also visit your state labor office to determine the labor posters that are required in your state; these are downloadable from the site.
Finding Qualified Employees
Choose your employees carefully. Decide beforehand what you want them to do. Be specific. You may need flexible employees who can shift from task to task as required. Interview and screen applicants with care. Remember, good questions lead to good answers - the more you learn about each applicant's experience and skills, the better prepared you are to make your decision.
You can find out about Worker Training programs and available labor through the Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board.
Setting Wage Levels
Wage levels are calculated using position importance and skill required as criteria. Consult the trade association for your type of business or your accountant to learn the most current practices, cost ratios, and profit margins in your business field. While there is a minimum wage set by federal law for most jobs, the actual wage paid is entirely between you and your prospective employee. The Connecticut Department of Labor compiles annually data on entry, mid, and high level wages in occupations throughout the state and by Labor Market Area (LMA). You can access this information for the New London-Norwich LMA here. This information is helpful in determining local competitive labor rates.
Difference between Employee and Independent Contractor
A number of federal and state government agencies have various ways of assessing whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor. Among those agencies are the IRS, the U.S. Department of Labor, state taxing authorities, and state unemployment and workers' compensation agencies.
For More Information on Employee Laws
- Download U.S. Department of Labor's Employment Law Guide
** Some content provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)