Companies operating in the U.S. must adhere to a patchwork of federal, state, and local regulations meant to balance the interests of business with those of the public as a whole. This section provides an overview of business regulations and information to help businesses become compliant, including links to important federal regulatory forms, state-specific links to information and contacts pertaining to licenses and permits, and a collection of links to important federal business regulations.
The United States Department of Labor (DOL) regulates many business activities and "compliance" in a business context frequently refers specifically to the employer's compliance with DOL regulations regarding to employer/employee relations and workplace conditions. Complying with DOL regulations requires following regulations and laws relating to:
In addition to regulation of these issues by the federal government it is important to be mindful of the fact that states and localities may issue their own regulations on these and other topics that also require businesses within their jurisdiction to remain compliant with their terms. Links to state-specific regulations and information about compliance are available in the links below.
Strip Club Laws and the Regulation of Sexually Oriented Business
Sexually oriented businesses (SOB) such as a strip club, a sexually explicit theater, an adult video store, or other kinds of adult oriented businesses are subject to regulations above and beyond the typical regulations that all businesses are subject to. These regulations may severely restrict or ban activities significantly and are best considered well in advance of establishing a new business. Common regulations include: