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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in hot water for using a personal email account for work purposes. What can business owners learn from this news?

During her time at the State Department, Hillary Clinton broke protocol and used a personal email account rather than a government email account to conduct her correspondence. This may have violated a federal requirement that all official correspondences must be retained as government records, CNN Money reports.

Do you have a rule prohibiting employees using personal email accounts for work? If not, here are four reasons why it's something you may want to consider:

We all want to have workspaces that our employees enjoy, but sometimes we can take it a bit too far. And a couple of recent stories illustrate the injury risk of office play areas.

So read on before you install your company carousel in the lobby.

Walmart has settled a lawsuit brought by the EEOC on behalf of David Moorman, a former manager at a Walmart store in Keller, Texas. The suit alleged age and disability discrimination in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

According to Moorman's claims, his direct supervisors frequently called him "old man" and "old food guy". After he was diagnosed with diabetes, he requested reassignment from a manager position to an assistant manager position. Moorman alleged that Walmart refused to consider his request for a reasonable accommodation and eventually fired him.

With disability and age discrimination claims on the rise, here are three lessons business owners can take away from this case:

As wintry conditions persist across the country, we've all heard the warnings about trying to avoid slip-and-fall injuries in our stores. But nobody's perfect. So what happens if someone does slip and fall on your business' premises?

While we might know what to do to prevent slip-and-fall injuries from happening, we may not be up to speed on what to do after a slip-and-fall happens -- and especially what not to do after a slip and fall at your place of business.

So here are a few tips to consider, to keep an escalator slip from escalating into a lawsuit:

The Federal Aviation Administration has released a proposed set of regulations regarding the use of commercial drones that could likely outlaw most drone delivery services. The rules would only apply to non-recreational operations, and the agency is seeking public comment regarding the regulations before they become final.

So what could the new rules mean for and your business?

Anthem Blue Cross, the nation's second-largest health insurance company, announced Thursday that a hack into its systems may have exposed the records of up to 80 million customers. This breach included Social Security numbers, addresses, and health care information, but no credit card numbers (which is really immaterial, with all that other information).

Small businesses, just as much as large businesses, need to take steps to ensure the security of customer data. Here's what business owners need to know:

Earlier this week, the Labor Department announced that it would levy $1.7 million in fines on Ashley Furniture, one of the world's largest furniture companies. The fines stem from a number of health and safety violations the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found at Ashley's factory in Arcadia, Wisconsin.

What do small business owners need to know about this penalty?

Sweet Cakes by Melissa isn't so sweet, after all. Last year, the Oregon bakery got into trouble with the state's Bureau of Labor and Industries for violating a state law prohibiting sexual-orientation discrimination in places of public accommodation.

Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of the bakery, refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, citing their religious beliefs. After an investigation, the Bureau determined that their business had violated the law.

Last week, the Kleins suffered another legal setback.

As a business owner, should you change your registered agent?

As you probably know, every corporation is required to have a registered agent. This person (or entity, in some cases) is the one who accepts important legal documents (such as lawsuits) on the business' behalf. But after designating a particular person, company, or even yourself as your business' registered agent, you may face a need to change that designation.

Here are a few common scenarios when that might be necessary:

In the wake of the large-scale hack of Sony Pictures late last year, businesses have begun implementing security measures to prevent being victimized by a similar attack.

As Bloomberg reports, unlike previous data breaches, which were primarily focused on financial data and trade secrets, the Sony hack included the release of a large amount of personal information on Sony employees. This information included details on employee pay, medical records, and confidential correspondence between Sony employees.

What can businesses to prevent similar data breaches from occurring in the future? Here are three ways some businesses are improving their data security: