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HI, unfortunately there is no single place to get such information and yes, the information is not easy to work through or put together to see how exactly it all applies to you. First, business laws that affect a business vary on the basis of the type of business it is and the industry in which it operates. For example, state laws place different requirements on a corporation versus an LLC versus a partnership, etc. Federal tax laws also vary on that basis. Next, state laws concerning whether a business needs to have a permit or license to operate varies on the basis of what it is the business does (plumbing, sales (the kind of items sold), etc. Employees are covered by federal laws (anti-discrimination, minimum-wage (unless your state's min. wage laws require higher hourly pay) but the federal laws still counts for who can be an hourly employee, immigration laws require employers to verify right to work, IRS requiresW-2 forms to be filed, Social Security requires taxes to be taken out, state/city taxes, etc. Then there are the issues of workers' compensation, unemployment, the federal rights posters that the Department of Labor requires employers to post, and many more things. The best thing to do is speak to an attorney in your state. If that is not possible then you can obtain information and assistance from several different offices. The most central information may come from The Oklahoma Dept. of Commerce, here. There is also the OK Small Bus. Development Center here. .The OK website also provides a link to all state sources that can provide instruction on what a business has to do or not do here. Laws are organized, just like state and federal legal departments by topic. So, for employees unemployment is one agency, workers comp, another, wages another, benefits another, etc. This means that other than getting help from an agency designed to work with new businesses there may not be any other "one-stop-shop".
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