An extraordinary number of laws, rules, and regulations govern businesses and their employees. A small business, however, may be exempt from one or more of them depending on its number of employees. For example:
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) oversees workplace safety conditions, seeking to avoid employee injuries. Businesses who violate OSHA requirements pay fines – sometimes quite large fines. However, OSHA cuts small employers a break.
State laws set workers compensation insurance requirements, so every state’s laws vary. Some states exempt small businesses with 5 or fewer employees, some offer no exemption, and others fall somewhere in between. Check with your state’s workers compensation department to see what applies to you. In California, you are required to provide workers compensation even if you only have one employee.
The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) exempts nutritional labeling requirements for some small businesses in the food industry. Businesses which employ fewer than an average of 100 full-time equivalent employees and sell fewer than 100,000 product units in a 12-month period are exempt from labeling requirements. To qualify, a notice must filed with the FDA.
Businesses with annual gross sales of less than $500,000, or with annual gross sales of foods or dietary supplements to consumers of less than $50,000, are also exempt. However, the FDA does not require notice in this situation.
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