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 behalf of customers who utilize Justworks’ PEO services, employers will need to close their Utah unemployment and withholding accounts prior to joining the Justworks platform. Linked here are the steps you’ll need to take: Utah - State Unemployment Insurance.
Recruiting & Hiring Practices
Utah law requires that private employers with 150 or more employees must enroll and participate in E-Verify which allows participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their employees. E-Verify compares information from Form I-9 to government records to confirm that an employee is authorized to work in the U.S.
State Regulation: Utah Law
Utah employers can find the most up-to-date minimum wage requirements from the Utah Labor Commission.
Payment of Wages
The Utah Payment of Wages Act, Utah Code Ann. §34-28, outlines the requirements for paying wages to employees and an employer's responsibilities regarding paydays, final paychecks, electronic payroll deposits, lawful deductions, wage disputes, and payroll records.
When separating with an employee, Utah employers should familiarize themselves with specific compliance issues and certain key considerations.
In Utah, if an employee voluntarily resigns, final wages can be issued on the next regularly scheduled payday. For an involuntary separation, all wages must be paid within 24 hours of separation. Exceptions may apply for commissioned sales agents.
To schedule a payment for a Utah employee who is involuntarily separated, please contact Justworks support.
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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.