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What Benefits Must Small Businesses Legally Offer Employees?

What Benefits Must Small Businesses Legally Offer Employees?

Starting a business is full discoveries and learning experiences. Once you hire your first employee, you discover there are a variety of rules and regulations you do have to follow, including the benefits you’re required to provide your employees. 

To be clear: by “benefits,” we don’t just mean value-add perks that help you recruit and retain top-level employees (like a keg of cold-brew in the break room). We’re talking about benefits mandated by state and local governments, like paying into unemployment insurance.

So which benefits are optional and which are you legally required to provide?

Which are mandated by the state and which by the federal government?

Read on for a guide to make sure you’re offering the right benefits to your employees and staying in compliance with the laws where you live.