Nobody ever said running a business was a walk in the park. As an employer, you have a lot of balls in the air, and compliance is just one of them. One really, really important one that, if dropped, could cost you a whole lot of money.
In addition to federal regulations, each state has their own share of employment related laws that business owners need to be aware of. Here, we’re highlighting some of these key state-specific requirements and laws, and offering guidance to help you keep up.
Bear in mind, this list is not comprehensive, and there may be local or industry-specific employment requirements that your business needs to comply with. It’s best to consult with counsel to ensure compliance with all applicable laws, as Justworks does not provide legal advice.
Payroll Tax Accounts
Because Justworks reports state unemployment taxes on your behalf, you’ll need to close your Texas State Unemployment and Withholding accounts prior to joining our platform. Here are the steps to do that.
Paid Sick Leave
Texas does not presently have a statewide paid sick leave law applicable to private employers, but two cities — Dallas and San Antonio — have sick leave laws that are currently in effect or will go into effect in the near future for private employers.
San Antonio Sick and Safe Leave (effective 12/1/19)
In Texas, the final paycheck must be issued within six days of termination if the termination is involuntary. The employee’s next regularly scheduled payday may not occur soon enough to satisfy this timeframe. Be conscious of this six day deadline before executing the termination, as the final payment may need to be scheduled before the employee is notified. For a voluntary termination, the final paycheck must be issued on next regularly scheduled payday.
Accrued, unused vacation time need not be paid out to the employee.
This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, legal or tax advice. If you have any legal or tax questions regarding this content or related issues, then you should consult with your professional legal or tax advisor.