Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Hiring Your First Employee Workshops Set

essex-farms-workers-in-dirt1Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) will offer training to help local farmers who will be hiring their first employees in 2015.

The beginners course covers payroll accounting, minimum wage, withholding, general work agreements, worker’s compensation, unemployment insurance, youth hiring rules and rates, termination, quarterly and annual report filing requirements. OSHA safety regulations, dangerous jobs, Right to Know and training will also be covered.

“There are several critical considerations to put in pace before you take on employees. Those attending this course will receive a To-Do list and a set of resources to prepare them for hiring,” says workshop co-organizer Anita Deming with CCE Essex County. “Learning how to properly manage workers can expand your earning potential exponentially.”

Deming notes that even if a farm owner hires a professional to help with employment forms and government reporting requirements it is wise for the farm owner to have a working knowledge of what is legally required for hiring and employee management.

The Hiring Your First Employee workshops are set for:

Wednesday January 14, 7-9pm, Plattsburgh, Cornell Cooperative Extension, 6064 Route 22 Suite 5; register with 518-561-7450

Thursday January 15, 1-3pm, Westport, Cornell Cooperative Extension, 3 Sisco St; register with 518-962-4810 x0

Friday January 16, 1-3pm, Malone, Soil and Water Conservation District Office, 151 Finney Blvd; register with 518-483-7403.

Workshops will be held in February in the Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence counties area.

For more information, contact Anita Deming, 518-962-4810 x409, ald6@cornell.edu or Peggy Murray with Cornell Cooperative Extension Lewis County, 315-376-5270, mlm40@cornell.edu.

Photo: Essex Farm workers. Promotional photo by Kristin Kimball.

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