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Home Depot announced a data breach earlier this month but provided few details. On Thursday, the company announced the breach may have affected as many as 56 million payment cards.

The breach is being blamed on malware that was present in the store's registers from April to September, though the malicious software was confirmed as eliminated on Thursday, reports Business Insider. During these five vulnerable months, tens of millions of unique payment card credentials were at risk, and the customers holding those cards may want answers.

What can your business learn from this Home Depot breach?

As a business owner, should you video-record your employees?

Employers may wonder how their employees might act if they knew they were being watched at all times. It may sound like a heavy-handed science fiction premise, but companies might actually benefit from having cameras recording their employees. Some recent studies have found that when employees knew they were being watched, misconduct (like employee theft) fell, while sales and productivity increased.

However, a business can get itself into real legal trouble by recklessly recording its workers.

Ben & Jerry's has stepped definitively into the gay marriage debate by signing on to an Employers' Amicus Brief to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Much like a formal legal petition, the amicus brief states various legal reasons why the High Court should take on the issue of gay marriage and once and for all lay down a consistent rule for same-sex marriage. Ben & Jerry's now joins dozens of other well-known corporations that have signed on to this Employers' Amicus Brief.

Should your company be next to sign?

Corporations should be worried about their employees becoming sedentary and unhealthy, and the solution in many cases has been to add a fitness center to the business.

But making effective use of a corporate fitness center doesn't just mean slapping together some ellipticals and barbells in your break room, your business needs the legal underpinning to make it a success. Done properly, Forbes reports that "fitness centers can become a profit center as well as a retention amenity."

Here are five tips for making your business' fitness center work out for you:

Businesses with storefront steps may be worried about ADA liability, but a recent federal court case suggests that steps aren't necessarily a problem.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that the popular teen clothing store Hollister, with its beach-property-style stepped entrances, did not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). According to The Denver Post, the court ruled 2-1 that because Hollister provided alternative entrances for the disabled, its stores did not violate the ADA.

What should business owners do about steps in their storefront entrances?

With the death of comic and pop-culture stalwart Joan Rivers, many are mourning the loss of her quick wit and fearless comedic style.

But along with a healthy supply of laughs, Rivers' winding path to stardom and ability to remain in the limelight well into her twilight years can also provide a number of lessons for those who are seeking their own path to success.

Here are five lessons business owners can learn from Joan Rivers:

As employees (slowly) return from their Labor Day holiday weekends, employers may be thinking about goal-setting for the rest of the year. Among the things you should never neglect are changes to employment laws that may require some sort of action by business owners.

To prevent your business from getting caught with its proverbial pants down, employers will want to keep these three kinds of employment law changes in mind:

You have a great idea for a business. You may even have found a great location. Everything's going great until your local, state, or even federal government passes a law making your business illegal.

Although the last thing that small business owners need is something new to worry about, changes in the law can have an effect on your business. This is especially true in new or emerging areas of commerce, as those looking to capitalize on Washington State's new marijuana legalization laws are finding out the hard way.

So what can you do if your business becomes illegal?

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?