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The state is after me

I checked my business mail box today and found a TON of mail from the Department of Labor & Industries and also the Department of Licensing and the State of Washington. I have labor law posters I'm supposed to put up (yeah, that's attractive in my studio), reports to make to child services letting them know who is working for me so they can garnish their wages if they owe any child support, new licenses because once you have employees you have to be licensed differently, a quarterly report to file with the worker's compensation division (with no instructions on how to do this of course) and classification and rate notices on how much I have to pay for every hour that some one works for me.

Holy cow. When you hire people, the state is all over you like white on rice. I'm going to have to pay some one just to help me manage and figure out all this paperwork.


If you have any specific questions, I can try to get answers from the person in our office who does that paperwork (like workers comp reports, etc).
Thanks! If my bookkeeper can't take care of it, I'll definitely ask.
That is one of the things that has kept me from ever seriously thinking about opening any buisiness that might eventually have employee's. Just the few things that Karen has to do to employ ME makes my head spin.
See what happens when you become successful?

"yeah, that's attractive in my studio..."

Those posters do not typically go up in the business/customer area of a business. Do you have a dressing room, backroom or office somewhere in that studio?
Only a bathroom, which a I had an interior designer fix up. So it would really ruin the decor.