The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Laws as They Apply to Small Businesses

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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Laws As They Apply to Small Businesses

After reviewing the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s website regarding laws as they apply to both small and large businesses, it was very surprising that the small businesses face specific challenges when it comes to employment law because of relatively small size of their workforces and budgets. Initially I thought both were scrutinized under the same laws but they are treated little different because of the fact that small businesses have less hiring capacity and they often have only a small fraction of the recruiting budget available to large businesses, which results in smaller businesses hiring much less frequently and possible much less
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In addition, providing reasonable accommodation for disabled employees is an especially challenging area of EEO law for small businesses. Giving equal access to workplace facilities can involve building wheelchair ramps, widening walking spaces, installing elevators and other costly renovations that small businesses may not be able to afford. Small businesses renting office space can run into difficulties from their inability to make changes to the premises at all. The EEOC does not impose requirements on small businesses that they cannot afford, but there are a few things small companies can do to accommodate handicapped employees. For examples, Small businesses can rent office space or production facilities that are spacious to ensure that all their employees have equal access to work spaces without any major difficulty. Health Insurance for employees is another challenge for small businesses due it limited budget compare to large businesses. It is harder for small businesses to pay health insurance for employees unless if the can purchase affordable health insurance with the help federal government. There are options available to small business with 50 employees or fewer to shop for health insurance through the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) marketplace with tax credits. In conclusion, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission law is clear because it differentiate between small and large businesses based on budget capacity and

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