If you are planning on starting a business whether it is an online or offline one it is always advisable to contact legal experts or local governing entities to so that you can have some knowledge about laws and regulations that will have an effect on your business. There are particular rules and regulations you will have to abide by starting from advertising and marketing to workplace safety, and finance to intellectual property laws. Additionally, there is some licensing or registrations that you will have to do before beginning a business. Certain laws affect a particular type of business such as import and export laws that are made for businesses dealing with import and export. However, there are some laws that affect almost every business such as income tax and labor laws. Labor laws comprise of laws, rules, decrees and regulations that deal with the relations between employees and employers. Some common labor laws include working hours, child labor, worker’s safety, minimum wage or workers compensation. Below is a deeper look into some of these laws:
Work health and safety
Providing your employees with a safe working environment is mandatory. To ensure that your workers are not prone to injuries or diseases because of the working conditions or nature of the job. You should take the appropriate safety measures and ensure that protective gear is provided to employees when required, and all types of safety standards are adhered to at the workplace, warehouse, plants and transport.
In the olden days, working hours were long and ranged from ten to sixteen hours, and for six days in a week. However, in recent times the standard working hours in every developed country is eight hours a day or forty to forty-eight hours a week. However, employees can work for longer hours at their own will and receive overtime compensation. Some exceptions can be applied at some places or in certain sectors, but you should ensure that you keep your working hours somewhere close to the standard duration.
Unfortunately, if an employee suffers a job-related injury or illness, the business is supposed to foot all medical and rehabilitation bills, disability payments and other benefits depending on the seriousness of the injury or illness. However workers compensation vary from one place to another, so you should make consultations with your local experts instead of entirely depending on the information you acquire online or from other sources you may know.
In a lot of countries all over the world, there is legislation that prohibits child labor. This implies that all children under the age of 18 years should not be employed or made to work.