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Hiring my first employee...now what?

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by fortywinks, Dec 13, 2014.

  1. fortywinks

    fortywinks Member
    from NE OH
    Messages: 82

    I'm a one man gang doing residentials only. This year in an effort to reduce my workload and offer my customers quicker service I have decided to hire someone to drive my second vehicle. He is looking for some extra cash, has a flexible work schedule, and plowing experience. He has a clean driving record.

    The IRS W-4 seems to be the easy part. What else do I need to address as far as my LLC business goes? I've already checked into the Commercial Insurance and its a number I can live with. Worker Comp same thing. I've met the guy and I am very optimistic this is going to be beneficial for me and my business.

    Is there a difference between a seasonal employee and a part-time employee and if so how do I go about defining it? Do I need him to sign something stating his employment is part-time work effective Dec. 15 thru Apr. 15 or whatever dates I choose? Right now I'm not sure of the questions I need to ask or the things I need to cover to make sure my business is protected.

    If it matters, I'm running a 2014 Sierra and 1999 Wrangler with straight blade BOSS plows. Shoveling of some sidewalk at each residence is required.

    Thanks in advance,

  2. MK97

    MK97 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,057

    Call your city labor board. It varies a lot depending on where you live.
  3. Team_Arctic

    Team_Arctic Senior Member
    Messages: 176

    work comp policy, truck insurance up to date. have your insurance carrier add him to your policy. get a second job... Employees can cost you as much as they make you.. I have 3 full times and sometimes they are great. other times I want to pull out my hair.