All new businesses employing 1 or more persons must apply for a
State Employer's Identification Number. Contact the State's Employment
Development Department by calling 888-745-3886, or stop by the Santa
Rosa office at 50 D Street, Room 415, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday
You will need a Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN), if you're employing 1 or more persons. Contact the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Business Tax Line at 800-829-1040.
Department of Industrial Relations
- DIR was established to improve working conditions for California's
wage earners, and to advance opportunities for profitable employment in
California. Insurance/Workers' Compensation. Any business should
consider insurance coverage for general liability, product liability,
fire and similar disasters, robbery and theft. Fidelity bonding should
be considered for employees who handle cash receipts or other funds. If
you have employees, Worker's Compensation insurance is mandatory under
Occupational Safety Health Administration - OSHA's
mission is to prevent injuries and protect the health of America's
workers by ensuring safe and healthful workplaces. For local agency
information please go to Cal-OSHA- Division of Occupational Health and Safety. If
you have employees, you should contact the Department of Industrial
Relations with regard to minimum wages, overtime pay, employee dismissal
requirements, hiring of minors, and fair employment practices.
State Labor Commissioner Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
- Employee I.D. Number/Taxes - Most small businesses are unlikely to
require any type of federal permit to operate, unless they are engaged
in rendering investment advice, making alcohol or tobacco products,
preparing meat products or making or dealing in firearms. However, if
you have formed a corporation or a partnership, 1 should apply for a
federal employer identification number (Form SS-4) even if the business
has no employees.
Request from the IRS the Employers Tax Guide, a
publication that explains federal income tax, unemployment tax, and
social security tax withholding requirements for employers.