Moving Your Business and Employees
As your business grows, you may find that your current location is not up to par for your company's needs. You may want to move to another state or even another country in order to function better and increase your profitability. Before you move your business and your employees, you must consider a wide range of elements. By taking careful consideration of the various aspects of moving your company can make the relocation as convenient as possible for your workers and help you avoid violating any state, federal, or international laws.
Legal Aspects of Relocating
The federal government and most states require that you give your employees at least a 30-day written notice of your intent to relocate your company. This notice is designed to give them sufficient time to sell their house, pack up their belongings, and otherwise take care of their personal business here before they move.
The notice also gives those individuals who wish not to relocate enough time to find a new job. For a variety of reasons, some of your employees may be unable to relocate with their positions. They may have sick family members or legally binding divorce or custodial agreements that prohibit them from moving out of the city or state. By giving these individuals written notice, you allow them to take care of their personal lives without sacrificing their financial wellness.
If your employees belong to a trade or professional union, you may be required to give more than a 30-day notice. Some unions require that members be notified a minimum of 90 days in advance. Before you notify your employees, you are encouraged to check both state and federal laws, as well as any mandates laid out by your workers' union.
Professional Aspects of Moving
Along with taking care of the legal details of moving, you also must pay attention to the professional requirements of relocating your business. If you are moving to a new state, you may already be familiar with federal laws for operating your company. However, the new state may have different laws that dictate how long your employees can work each week, the minimum age of workers who can be hired, and what permits you may need to be authorized to work within the state itself.
If you plan on relocating internationally, you must ensure that you and your employees obtain visas, as well as work permits for the country in which you intend to settle. Obtaining work permits can be a tedious and lengthy process. You can make it easier for you and your team by utilizing a third-party service to file the paperwork and secure the documentation you and your employees will need to relocate to another country.
Cultural Aspects of Relocating
Another aspect of moving to a new state or country involves preparing for the culture of your new home. You may not think of another state as having a different culture than what you are accustomed to now. However, if you move your business from a large liberal metro area to a smaller, more conservative state you may be unprepared for how different the people in the new state act, talk, and react to certain topics.
Likewise, moving to a new country can invite a whole different level of culture shock. You can prepare for your move now by researching the culture and by passing this information along to your employees so that they too can be prepared.
Moving your company and your employees requires attention to many details. These aspects of relocating your business should be carefully considered prior to your move.