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Logistics of Hiring Your First New Associate

By Jonathan R. Tung, Esq. on July 18, 2016 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

If your firm is growing, it may soon be time to hire your first new associate. This sounds great, but beware: you should be cognizant that legal pitfalls await the employer who fails to properly navigate the small business legal labyrinth. Below, we introduce some of the very basics of new associate hiring.

Small Business, Big Consequences

What's the difference between a small business and a large business? The most relevant is the larger firm's ability to handle legal rough patches. Just a single legal misstep could seriously maim a small business -- maybe even spell its end. Hiring a new associates means that you're already well on your way to generating business, but you should also consider the legal logistics of the hiring process:

  • Taxes (both federal and state)
  • Wage statements (both federal and state)
  • Worker's compensation / unemployment
  • Registering new hires with your state
  • OSHA

Getting the Right Help

Looks scary? It can be if this the first time you've ever gone through the process. This is why a fair number of firms don't even bother trying to handle it all themselves and contract out with another firm. A little secret is calling on the expertise of payroll firms and taking down information. Since there's a good chance that you might be in the market for their services, they can be amenable to helping you because when you hire them, they benefit.

But maybe you have confidence in your abilities to navigate all the legal issues yourself. It's daunting, but possible. Fortunately, groups like the Small Business Association offer great lists the help lawyers stay on top of general compliance. Review these materials thoroughly.

Get a Lawyer

As we've already mentioned, hiring a new associate attorney is a daunting task because of the legal considerations you must keep in mind. Do yourself a favor and just crunch the numbers. You should not tackle the legal aspects yourself unless you're already an expert in employment law (unlikely). Calculate the extra money you expect to draw in from a new hire. If the numbers still make sense, contact an employment law firm to draw up the papers.

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