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HR Aspects You Should Be Aware of When Starting a Business

Daniel Bailey

December 01, 2017

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Business owners who are just starting out or have a company that is still in the early stages have likely thought of what their company needs to operate. From a payroll company that handles employees’ paychecks, to foreseeing what types of problems your company may run into. You may be wondering how many HR employees you should have, and how involved you should become in these as a business owner. Possible topics you need to consider include:

  • Disgruntled employees
  • Handling breeched contracts
  • The protection of intellectual property

Read on to learn about the various situations that require the expertise of an HR person, and how this affects your company.

Prevention Before a Problem Occurs

Smaller companies don’t think about the benefits of an HR representative. Many believe they will handle the problems on their own, until their company employs a certain number of individuals. Having a representative and guidelines in place is something you should have before you bring in employees and contractors. By outsourcing to someone else, you provide a third party who is not biased. This allows you to focus on running your company. Your HR representative can come to you if they believe there are problems that will create negative consequences for the company, but otherwise they are responsible for dealing with everything themselves.

Double-Checking Your Business Paperwork

As with any business, there is a lot of paperwork associated with running a company. You’ll find yourself going over:

  • Contracts (for yourself and your employees)
  • Permits
  • Having your business registered

If your company operates in more than one state, you’ll have to deal with extra paperwork associated with registering it among both states and countries. Your HR representative will make you aware of how to handle employees who live in different states, including special forms they must fill out depending on their state and city laws. The representative can assist employees with questions about how to fill everything out, freeing up your time and relieving you from the pressure of something you aren’t well-versed in.

Keeping Up With Changing Laws

Laws are constantly changing regarding what business owners must provide their employees for health insurance. In certain states, employees are entitled to benefits or time off depending on their how long they have been with the company and how many individuals are employed. An HR representative is required to stay up-to-date on the laws, and make you aware of your legal responsibilities as an employer. Having one on staff gives you the opportunity to focus and find the right solutions for your company while maintaining compliance with the law.

Helping When Problems with Employees Occur

Despite having quality employees, problems will arise. Folks will become disgruntled over time and may look for a better opportunity, or feel upset about how circumstances were handled at work. You may have special circumstances if you have employees who work remotely. Be prepared for anything that comes you way with the help of an HR representative. These skilled individuals can help in situations such as:

  • Wrongful termination
  • Employees who have violated a contract
  • Employees stealing content or customers
  • Those who have embezzled

Having a skilled business HR representative means that someone will be present to assist you with these problems. They can tell you what the next steps are after an employee is terminated, how things will be handled if they file for unemployment, and keep you updated if the situation changes.  

When Payroll Issues Arise

Employees may feel they are not getting the correct wages, or other problems may occur regarding compensation and overtime. Don’t let additional problems arise because of misunderstandings related to payment issues. A lawyer can help you with issues related to overtime pay for computer and IT workers. You can focus on your business and rest assured that you have the proper protection if employees contact you about issues related to wages.


No matter what stage your business is in, your business needs an HR representative to help you with the variety of issues that could come up at any given time. From employees and payment issues, to broken contracts and evolving with changing laws. Having an HR rep protects your company as it becomes established. You are freed up to work on your business. Your HR representative will keep you in the loop of problems and issues, with working with the correct channels to ensure that your company doesn’t face legal recourse. This means greater success for your business, and everyone who works there.


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