Legal Guide Series

Is your worker an employee or an independent contractor? Are you thinking about making a handbook outlining employee policies and don’t know where to start? How long should you keep personnel files? These questions and more can be answered by NFIB’s Legal Guide Series.

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Guide to Independent ContractorsGuide to Independent Contractors

The Legal Center is pleased to offer the NFIB Guide to Independent Contractors to help small businesses determine whether their workers are considered employees or independent contractors by the Internal Revenue Service. This seemingly simple distinction is actually extremely complex—and can cost you thousands of dollars in penalties and back taxes if you make a mistake.

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Guide to Wage and Hour Laws

This handbook gives employers the nuts and bolts behind the Fair Labor Standards Act, the federal wage and hour law.

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Guide to Managing Unionization Efforts

Small-business owners who face union organizing campaigns may experience enormous anxiety and even find that operations slow to a standstill. Use this guide from the NFIB Small Business Legal Center to know your rights and responsibilities during a union organizing campaign.

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Sample Employee HandbookModel Employee Handbook for Small Business

This handbook is intended to assist you in creating your own custom employee handbook. The actual policies and procedures of your business may vary due to the size of the company, the number of employees, benefits offered and other factors. So the handbook is intentionally broad, and should be modified and supplemented to accurately reflect your company’s individual needs.

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Document Retention GuideSmall Business Guide to Document Retention

This handbook will help you develop a policy for saving and discarding documents, including e-mail and Web pages that are received and created in the ordinary course of business.

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Small Business Guide to Handling OSHA InspectionsSmall Business Guide to Handling OSHA Inspections

This guide will help your business prepare for OSHA inspections and avoid citations. The handbook provides information about communicating and negotiating with OSHA and lists the type of information you will need for your inspection.

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Federal Employment Law HandbookNFIB Guide to Taxes

This Small Business Legal Center guide was created to assist small business owners with lowering their taxes and avoiding audits. Get tips on calculating the Alternative Minimum Tax, find out 12 ways to avoid an audit and learn more about common small business deductions that could save you money.

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Federal Employment Law HandbookFederal Employment Law Handbook

The NFIB Small Business Legal Center and the Atlantic Legal Foundation created the Federal Employment Law Handbook as a resource for small-business owners.

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