When starting a business, you may decide to hire some help. Find information on hiring your first employee, including how to start the hiring process and make sure you comply with key federal and state regulations.
Hiring Foreign Nationals
By law, you must only employ individuals who have permission to work in the U.S. The online E-verify system allows companies to determine the eligibility of potential employees. Register your company with E-Verify.
Consumer Protection Law
As a business owner, it’s important for you to understand your rights and responsibilities when it comes to protecting your customers. Get tips and advice on complying with consumer protection laws, including advertising and marketing, privacy and security, and more.
Help for Military Veteran and Minority-Owned Businesses
A wide range of programs and services help veterans and minorities in starting or growing a business. This includes tips to launch your business, support with selling to the government, and more.
Military Veteran Businesses
Visit the Veteran Entrepreneur Portal (VEP). This Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) resource assists businesses in accessing federal services and connecting to relevant “best practices” and information.
If you’re interested in selling to the government, you can find a wide range of special government contracting opportunities from the Small Business Administration (SBA). This includes programs to help women-owned small businesses and small disadvantaged businesses compete in the marketplace.
Are you thinking about basing your business out of your home? The Small Business Administration (SBA) offers a guide for home-based businesses. This includes the licenses and permits you need to run a home-based business.
Congress passed the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986 to ensure that drivers of commercial motor vehicles are qualified to operate those vehicles. States have the right to issue a driver's license, but they must meet minimum national standards when issuing a commercial driver's license. The Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Program places requirements on the commercial motor vehicle driver, the employing motor carrier, and the states.
States are required to issue a commercial driver's license to drivers with specific license classifications based on the type of vehicle. Drivers who operate special types of commercial motor vehicles need to pass additional tests. While the FMCSA sets the federal standards that states must meet, it is your state that determines the:
License renewal cycle
Reinstatement requirements after a disqualification
States may also exceed certain federal standards in areas such as medical, fitness, and other qualifications.