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HR Laws You Need to Comply With

As the vast majority of HR professionals know, there are a significant number of laws that organizations need to be aware of and comply with. In partnership with Ogletree Deakins, we have compiled a listing of employee thresholds that will hopefully answer your questions of when your company size results in certain laws being applicable to your organization. It is especially important for small businesses who may not an HR Specialist on staff. If you have any questions regarding this or other HR issues, please contact Vicki Peek at or 1-877-819-7619.

1-14 Employees

Federal Income Tax Withholding
Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA)
Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA)
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)
Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. §1101 et seq.)
Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA)
Labor-Management Relations Act of 1947 National Labor Relations Act (U.S.C. §141 et seq.)
Mental Health Parity Act of 1996 (MHPA)
Newborns’ and Mothers’ Health Protection Act of 1996 (NMHPA)
Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970  (29 U.S.C. §651 et seq.)
Occupational Safety and Health Administration Compliance Assistance Authorization Act of 1998 (29 U.S.C. 670d)
Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996
Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) (42 U.S.C. §2000e(k))
Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) (38 U.S.C. §4301 et seq.)
Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA)  (38 U.S.C. §§4211-4214)
Consumer Credit Protection Act (15 U.S.C. §§11671-1677)
Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 (41) U.S.C. §701 et seq.)
Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (ECPA)  (18 U.S.C. §§2510-2522)
Employee Polygraph Protection Act of 1988  (29 U.S.C. §2001 et seq.)
Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)  (29 U.S.C. §1001 et seq.)
Employee Right-To-Know Laws (Hazardous Chemicals in Workplace)
Equal Pay Act (EPA) (29 U.S.C. §206)
Executive Order 11246 (Affirmative Action)
Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA)  (29 U.S.C. §201 et seq.)

15+ Employees, add:

Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. §12101)
Civil Rights Act of 1964 – Title VII – Equal Employment Opportunities  (42 U.S.C. §2000e et seq.)
Civil Rights Act of 1991 (42 U.S.C. §§19821-1996b)

20+ Employees, add:

Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA)  (29 U.S.C. §623)
Consolidated Omnibus Benefits Reconciliation Act (COBRA)  (29 U.S.C. §1161 et seq.)

50+ Employees, add:

Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA)  (29 U.S.C. §201 et seq.)

100+ Employees, add:

Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1989 (WARN)  (29 U.S.C. §2101 et seq.)

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