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Cold and flu season is in full swing. E. coli is popping up at restaurants nationwide. And now the Zika virus is out there wreaking havoc. You've already got a full plate as a small business owner, and now you have to worry about the impact that sick employees could have on your small business?

And it's not just lost presence and productivity -- sick workers can cost your small business millions in lost revenue as well. Here's how:

Are You Celebrating Black History Month in the Office?

Identity issues are a touchy topic in the office. For the most part at work, we put our personal selves aside and handle assignments. Who we are on a personal level is not supposed to be super important. But of course it truly is.

Who we are influences our understanding of the world ... and work. So it is important at times to recognize the contributions of those the culture has not always championed but oppressed. February is Black History Month. Certainly you understand this is important, but as an employer you may not be sure how to handle it. Here is a suggestion -- and some wise words to keep in mind -- provided by Diversity Best Practices.

According to the World Health Organization, the Zika virus is now a global health emergency. The virus has turned up in the United States, and researchers are learning more each day about how the virus is spread and its potential effects on infected people and fetuses.

Here's what you need to know about the Zika virus and its potential impact on your small business and employees:

People always complain how hard it is to achieve a good work-life balance, and to keep business and personal matters separate. At no time is that more true than when your small business gets sued. All of a sudden you're wondering what you could lose if your business loses the lawsuit.

Depending on the corporate structure of your small business, you could be personally liable for business debts, including legal judgments. Which means they could come for your home, unless you take the proper precautions to protect your home in a business lawsuit.

Elon Musk Refuses Super Rude Customer a Car

A scandal is brewing on the social networks and it raises an interesting legal question. The carmaker Tesla, brainchild of Elon Musk, is refusing to sell venture capitalist Stewart Alsop a car, claiming he was super rude.

Can he do that? Before we address the question, let's look at what happened here, according to Auto Guide.

It can be great to have employees on the road. They can meet with clients face-to-face and carry your small business to a big audience. But employee travel can be a bit of a headache as well, with the logistics and the lost time in transit, to say nothing of the legal issues that can arise when workers on the road, on the clock, and on the company dime.

So what are the three thorniest legal issues with employee travel? And what can your small business do to make business trips a bit rosier?

It's the time of year again -- two weeks of hype, anticipation, and chatter about the upcoming Super Bowl, and this isn't just some idle water cooler chat in the office. The big game can have a huge impact on your business, for better and for worse.

So how can your small business take advantage of the Super Bowl without getting into legal trouble? By following these 3 tips:

Nobody wants to bail on a business they built from the ground up. But some circumstances, like enough success to be acquired or a necessary shift in the company's strategy, may require a founder to step aside.

Finding yourself in this situation can be heartbreaking or a blessing, but either way it can also be legally complicated. And you may need to be careful to protect yourself, your finances, and your future if you plan on leaving the company you've founded.

As the American craft beer scene has exploded over the last decade, so has the amount of litigation involving craft breweries. Beer makers are going to court over everything from labels and naming rights to trademarked tap handles and whether the beer they make can even be called "craft beer."

Not only have these sudsy spats caused brewers time and money, but some customers as well. It turns out, much like parents with rowdy children, they don't like seeing their favorite breweries fighting. So what can your small business learn from the latest craft beer legal wranglings?

Federal prosecutors served Chipotle with a subpoena as part of a criminal investigation into the restaurant's involvement in norovirus outbreak last year. The Department of Justice and the Food and Drug Administration opened the investigation after E. coli outbreaks sickened hundreds of Chipotle customers.

Chipotle's in-store sales and share prices have been plummeting since multiple norovirus outbreaks occurred last fall in California, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Washington.