Employer Responsibilities

6. Learn Your Employer Responsibilities


There are a number of legal steps you will need to follow before your business hires employees. Here is a guide to this process.

All new businesses employing one 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 through Friday.

You'll also need a Federal Identification Number if you're employing one or more persons. Contact the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Business Tax Line at 800-829-1040, or stop by the Santa Rosa office at 777 Sonoma Avenue between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can also call 707-523-0924.