When you hire employees, you need to know the rules on job descriptions, interviews, background checks and more. Find out how to gather the information you need and choose the right employee -- without violating the law.
Running Background Checks on Job Applicants
You must respect a job applicant's privacy rights when conducting a background check.
Running Credit Checks on Job Applicants
Can an employer check a job applicant's credit report? Here are state rules and FCRA requirements.
Running Criminal Background Checks
Learn how to avoid legal risks if you check criminal records in hiring.
Hiring Employees FAQ
Find out how to gather the information you need and choose the right employee -- without violating the law.
Hiring Young Workers
You must comply with child labor laws if you hire employees who are under the age of 18.
Hiring Your First Employee: 13 Things You Must Do
If you are hiring your first employee, you must file documents with and pay taxes to various government agencies.
Avoid Disability Discrimination When Hiring New Employees
The Americans with Disabilities Act has very strict rules about what employers can and cannot ask during the hiring process.
Can Your Company be Sued for Discrimination Against the Unemployed?
Can your company refuse to hire – or even consider hiring – applicants who are out of work?
Testing Job Applicants
Learn the legal rules on pre-employment testing of job applicants.
Writing and Using Job Descriptions
Job descriptions are not just for hiring any more.
Conducting Job Interviews
Find out if job applicants are qualified -- but don't ask questions that could get you into legal trouble.
Drug Testing: Should Your Company Test Applicants?
Learn the rules for drug testing applicants as a condition of employment.
How can I convince an applicant's former employers to talk?
How can I get more information out of these people?
Can we ask applicants for their Facebook passwords?
A growing number of states protect applicants from employer snooping on Facebook.
Should we ask all new employees to sign noncompete agreements?
Make sure your company can enforce its noncompete agreements.
What to Do on Your Employee's First Day
Here's how to welcome your new employee and comply with paperwork requirements.
Written Employment Contracts: Pros and Cons
Know when you should -- and should not -- ask a new employee to sign a written employment contract.
Using Form I-9 to Verify Employee Work Authorization
You must require new employees to complete USCIS Form I-9 and show proof of work authorization.