HR Regulations for Small Business

Concerned about which HR regulations affect your business?  Here is a list of some of the standard employment related laws by number of employees.  Be sure to check with your state to ensure you are also meeting local regulations.

1-14 Employees

  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) (1938)
  • Immigration Reform & Control Act (IRCA) (1986)
  • Employee Polygraph Protection Act (1988)
  • Uniformed Services Employment & Re-employment Rights Act of 1994
  • Equal Pay Act of 1963
  • Consumer Credit Protection Act of 1968
  • National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) 1935
  • Labor-Management Relations Act (Taft-Hartley) 1947
  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) 1974 (if Co. offers benefits)
  • Uniform Guidelines of Employee Selection Procedures (1978)
  • Federal Insurance Contribution’s Act of 1935 (FICA) (Social Security)

11-14, add

15-19, add

  • Civil Rights Act of 1964 Title VII, Civil Rights Act of 1991
  • Title I, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, (ADA)

20-49, add

  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act (1967) (ADEA)
  • Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA)

50 or more, add

100 or more, add

  • Worker Adjustment & Retraining Notification Act of 1989 (WARN)
  • EEO-1 Report filed annually w/EEOC if Organization is not a Federal Contractor

Federal Contractors, add

  • Executive Orders 11246 (1965), 11375 (1967), 11478 (1969)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988
  • Vietnam-Era Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974
  • Davis Bacon Act of 1931
  • Copeland Act of 1934
  • Walsh-Healy Act of 1936


Jill Critchfield is a professional Human Resources Consultant.  Through her business, Pacific HR, she has provided HR services to over 100 small and mid-sized businesses in Portland, Oregon since 1999.


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