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Hiring Employees & Contractors

​To Apply for a Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN)

How to Hire Your First Employee

You may be the brains of your business, but the people you hire will be your company’s backbone.

But hiring employees isn’t just as simple as doing a few interviews and picking the right candidate. You’ll also need to file some official paperwork. 

More details here:

How to Hire the Right Employee

Here are best practices of recruiting, interviewing, selecting and retaining your most valuable assets: your employees:


If you’re not experienced at hiring and managing employees, it’s easy to make mistakes that can make it harder to serve as a consistent, fair boss.  Avoid these pitfalls by reading more here:

To Register New Employees or Contractors

Employers must report newly hired employees and independent contractors to the state within 14 days of their first day of work. Find out how you can report your new hires here:

Employer Tax Obligations

Learn the requirements which come with being an employer in Massachusetts.

Health Insurance for Employees

  • Associated Industries of Massachusetts • 800-470-6277

  • The Insurance Partnership through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts • 800-399-8285

  • Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE) • 781-890-9070

  • Chambers of Commerce may provide group health insurance for members

  • Member businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees (those working 30 or more hours a week) are now eligible to buy discounted health insurance through the Chamber Health Coop. This new program, offered by the Massachusetts Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, brings you coverage options from three premier health plans:

  • Fallon Community Health Plan: Eastern and Central Massachusetts (3% discount)

  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care: Eastern and Central Massachusetts (3% discount)

  • Health New England: Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire Counties (5% discount)

With just a modest membership fee to participate, your net annual savings could total hundreds or even thousands of dollars. The Chamber Health Coop also provides a health and wellness program for your employees at no extra cost, helping to keep your staff healthy and productive. You can access this insurance through your regular health insurance broker. For additional information, please visit

Unemployment Insurance & Workers Comp

Your business is responsible for contributing unemployment insurance to the Commonwealth's Division of Unemployment Assistance. All employers in Massachusetts are also required by state law to carry workers compensation insurance. More information here:

MA Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Division of Unemployment Assistance 
(617) 626-5050

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