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Businesses must stay abreast of an alphabet soup of federal laws—ADA, ADEA, FMLA and so forth—each with its own requirements. Some apply only to employers with more than 50 employees. Others come into play if you have only one. If you have federal contracts, your threshold may be based not on how many workers you have but the value of your contracts.

Further complicating matters, most states have their own laws that override the federal requirements. To comply, you first must know which laws apply to your business, based on the number of people you employ.

Number of employees: Who counts?

Part-time help: If your payroll varies from week to week, the government will consider your count during the 20 weeks with your highest staffing levels in each calendar year. In other words, if your business is big enough to meet the threshold for 20 weeks out of any calendar year, you are a covered employer for that year. An employee who ...(register to read more)

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