Adding employees is often the only way a business can grow beyond the scope of its owner. Bringing together a team can be challenging, but IASourceLink resources can help you.
Successful hiring is integral to business success. In Is it Time to Hire? Intuit.com provides basic information on hiring considerations, including how to evaluate what you can afford, determining how much help you need, and assistance in debunking hiring myths. Hiring and Retaining Good Employees…It’s Tough! by Inc.com addresses how to successfully recruit and keep good employees. You might also want to read through what to consider when adding a salesperson to your team.
From applying for your Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) to other important registration requirements, SBA's 10 Steps to Hiring Your First Employee provides a comprehensive overview.
Hiring Employees in Iowa
Iowa law and federal statues require Iowa employers to report newly hired and rehired employees to Iowa’s Central Registry. In addition to fulfilling FEIN requirements you will need to register with the Iowa Department of Revenue (IDR) to be a withholding agent by going online to the Iowa Business Tax Registration form.
The Skilled Iowa initiative promotes the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) testing to potential job seekers, encourages businesses to hire certified workers when applicable, and provides resources to those looking to improve their skills. Skilled Iowa helps employers determine baseline skills for potential employees. The program uses a universal testing system that rates the skills and abilities of those in Iowa’s workforce.
Insurance in Iowa
Contact Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) to establish Unemployment Insurance and Workers’ Compensation for your employees.
IowaWorks Business Services assists Iowa employers with workforce information and solutions delivered through 16 regional centers across Iowa.
Consulting a qualified professional may be necessary to determine if people working for you are independent contractors. For more information contact the Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) Misclassification Unit.
Once you have employees on board, you'll need appropriate procedures. A well written employee handbook sets forth your expectations for your employees. SBA Employee HandBook Overview can help walk you through the topics typically covered in such a manual.
Iowa Employer's Disability Resource Network
EDRN partners are here to provide technical assistance, information, resources, and training to help you effectively recruit, hire and retain qualified employees. EDRN can provide consultation and resources to create a welcoming environment for applicants and employees with disabilities by assuring your facilities are accessible. In addition, EDRN can customize training to fit your needs.
Keep in mind that many of these resources will not only assist you to build a diverse workforce, but they can also enhance your business’ services to customers with disabilities.
Do you have other questions about how to manage employees? Maybe you're looking for an employee handbook, new hire application template, or interview questions you can ask? Give us a call toll free at 866-537-6052, or contact the Iowa Business Concierge for help with your human resources questions.