What are some common compliance issues faced by employers?

Many employers face compliance issues because they don’t realize that compliance begins with the hiring process.  For example, in Illinois, employers may not ask about an applicant’s credit history and are restricted in when they may ask about an applicant’s criminal history.  Employers must also verify employment eligibility by having employees fill out I-9 and W-4 forms.

Employers face issues with federal, state, and local wage and hour laws that govern how much and when employees must be paid.  Plus, they must comply with a number of federal regulations including the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Employers also have to watch out for employment discrimination issues and properly classify their workers as either employees or independent contractors in compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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