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Types of Employers: Federal

Types of Employers requirements by state

Author: Jed Marcus, Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C.


  • The definition and the type of employer often controls the laws that apply to that organization. See An Employer Defined.
  • Private employers are privately owned and operated and must comply with numerous laws. See Private Employers.
  • Cities, states and other governmental agencies are considered public employers. See Public Employers.
  • Joint employers may be held legally responsible for another's workplace policies. See Joint Employers.
  • There are several factors in determining whether separate entities are considered a single employer. See Single Employers (Integrated Enterprises).
  • Franchisors are generally not held to be a joint employer with a franchisee unless there is a direct link between the two entities. See Franchisors and Franchisees.
  • Typically, a successor is a buyer that takes on the legal obligations of its predecessor. See Successor Employers.
  • An employer generally contracts with a professional employer organization to hire its employees for an administrative fee and take on all management tasks. See Professional Employer Organizations.
  • Examples of nonprofit employers include religious, charitable and educational organizations. See Nonprofit Organizations.