Hiring Employees FAQs What labor posters do I need to display for my particular business? The federal posters that should be on display for your business vary widely depending on the type of business that you are in. The U.S. Department of Labor has an interactive Poster Advisor tool that will walk you through the steps to determine the posters that you will need specifically for your particular business. In addition to knowing what federal labor posters you should have on hand, you should also visit your state labor office to determine the labor posters that are required in your state. How can I find qualified employees? Choose your employees carefully. Decide beforehand what you want them to do. Be specific. You may need flexible employees who can shift from task to task as required. Interview and screen applicants with care. Remember, good questions lead to good answers - the more you learn about each applicant's experience and skills, the better prepared you are to make your decision. How do I set wage levels? Wage levels are calculated using position importance and skill required as criteria. Consult your trade association and accountant to learn the most current practices, cost ratios, and profit margins in your business field. While there is a minimum wage set by federal law for most jobs, the actual wage paid is entirely between you and your prospective employee. How do I determine whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor? A number of federal and state government agencies have various ways of assessing whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor. Among those agencies are the IRS, the U.S. Department of Labor, state taxing authorities, and state unemployment and workers' compensation agencies.