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With Labor Day approaching, business owners may want to take a moment to make sure they're complying with state and federal labor laws. Not only will abiding by these laws provide a safe and fair work environment, but it can also save your company from costly labor suits.

So while your employees prepare for a three-day Labor Day weekend, examine whether your business is ignoring these five labor laws:

A recent NLRB decision may have employers scratching their heads as it seems to prohibit business owners from firing employees for telling customers that the food they prepare might make patrons sick.

A Minnesota Jimmy John's sandwich franchise has been ordered to rehire workers that had put up posters "suggesting sandwiches were made by sick workers, calling their protests protected speech." According to Inside Counsel, these posters were part of a 2011 protest in response to refusal by management to give employees paid sick days.

How can your business legally deal with these types of protests?

One of our previous posts looking at the best cities for women entrepreneurs by and large generated the expected results: San Francisco, New York City, Houston, Denver, etc.

But a recent report on the best overall states for women-owned businesses had a somewhat more surprising winner, reports Slate. While large states like California may have the greatest number of female business owners, it turns out that, in terms of growing economic clout, women are currently making it happen in... North Dakota.

How did the "Peace Garden State" manage to pull it off?

Employers have many options with respect to guns, and the decision to bar or welcome them into a business should not be made lightly.

To make crafting your small business' policy on firearms easier, you should be aware of your legal rights with regard to welcoming or turning away gun carriers. Fox Business reports that some business owners are even promoting events like "Second Amendment Wednesday," attempting to lure in patrons with guns.

But before you start offering 50 percent off for carrying a .45, check out these three legal considerations for your business' stance on guns:

Barnes & Noble had to swallow a bitter pill in federal court on Monday, when a federal appeals court held that the retailer couldn't enforce legal provisions buried behind a link hidden on its website -- also known as a "browsewrap" agreement.

Almost every major company has an arbitration provision included in its website's Terms of Use, and B&N was no exception. However, as The Recorder reports, the onus is on the business to give notice of these terms. Consumers aren't likely legally bound by terms which are not conspicuously presented to them.

Though this new ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals technically only affects states within the circuit, it offers some insight as to what courts are looking for when it comes to "browsewrap" agreements. Here are three things business owners need to know:

Security cameras are a great way to monitor, as well as prevent, misconduct by both customers and employees.

But for business owners looking to save some money, it might be tempting to install fake security cameras in their business, saving themselves the cost of expensive video equipment while still enjoying the preventative benefits of security cameras. After all, if people think they're being watched, they'll behave better, right?

The answer, as you may have guessed, is not necessarily. Furthermore, dummy cameras can potentially expose you to legal liability.

Being hacked is every business owner's nightmare, but there are some important steps you should take if you believe you've been hacked.

A Tennessee-based health company announced on Monday that hackers had compromised its system, making off with the personal information of approximately 4.5 million patients. USA Today reports that Community Health Systems was possibly the victim of a Chinese hacking group that used "highly sophisticated malware and technology" to pilfer the data.

If you fear your business has been hacked, here are five first steps you may want to take:

Business owners may want to pay close attention to this news out of Utah: A woman is in critical condition after drinking tea laced with a toxic cleaning chemical at a Salt Lake City-area restaurant.

According to the woman's lawyer, investigators believe that the woman's sweet tea was contaminated with lye -- an industrial degreasing chemical, also found in drain cleaners such as Drano -- when a worker at a Dickey's Barbecue restaurant inadvertently mixed it into the sweet tea mixture thinking it was sugar. The woman suffered severe internal burns and it still hospitalized, The Associated Press reports.

What legal lessons can be learned from this unfortunate incident? Here are three:

When the chaos of a riot turns to looting, business owners often want to ensure that their livelihoods are not literally carried away by opportunistic criminals. So how can you legally defend your business from looters?

Some business owners in Ferguson, Missouri, are still reeling from the effects of a protest-turned-riot on Sunday. At least nine people were arrested for allegedly looting local businesses during the melee, reports St. Louis' KSDK-TV.

The unruly atmosphere may provide perfect cover for thefts and burglaries, but do business owners have any right to defend their property?

It's becoming increasingly clear to business owners: college students are a consumer group to be reckoned with.

StudentUniverse CEO Atle Skalleberg says that Generation Y -- the demographic encompassing those currently in their teens and twenties -- is now estimated to be the largest consumer group in history with back-to-school spending by college students in this U.S. this year expected to top $30 billion according U.S. National Retail Federation reports. But marketing to college kids requires a few extra precautions. Tech-savvy and deal-hungry college students are great at finding the loopholes in promotions and deals.

Here are five disclaimers you may need to add to your college marketing materials: