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Summer is almost here, meaning many parents will have to figure out how to keep their kids occupied for those three months. Some of those parents might be hoping their child can land a summer job. And some other parents may be hoping to put their kid to work in their own office.

So let's say that Junior comes to work for you at the family business. Do you have to pay him? Assuming you're keeping the employment on the books and above board, here are some considerations:

5 Things to Know About Hiring Kids

For many businesses, kids are a great source of temporary, low wage labor.

However, there a lot of laws regarding child labor that limit how old kids must be to work, what jobs they're allowed to do, and how long they can work. Violating these laws can mean hefty fines and even imprisonment.

Here are five things you should know about hiring kids:

All business owners are trying to avoid legal problems before they start. So what are the best strategies for staying in business and out of costly litigation?

As it turns out, maintaining extensive and accurate records of your business is one of the easiest and most effective ways to keep your company out of legal hot water. Here are a few reasons keeping good business records is a great idea.

Apple recently received some bad publicity regarding its policy of prohibiting convicted felons from working on the construction of its new, 2.8 million square foot campus in Cupertino, California. According the San Francisco Chronicle, several workers lost their jobs working on the site because of past felonies.

Bad press is one thing, but is what Apple doing illegal? Are businesses allowed to have polices against hiring convicted felons?

You've done your best to create a friendly workplace, and you were confident that there was no discrimination or harassment in your office.

Still, you received a complaint from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and now you have to figure out how to respond. Here a few things to keep in mind if you receive and EEOC complaint.

Be careful of breaking wage laws if you require your servers to do side work.

A federal district court recently decided that Joe's Crab Shack improperly compensated its workers for non-tip producing duties, or side work. Joe's Crab Shack pays its tipped servers below minimum wage. This is ok, because it applied a tip credit. However, its servers were also required to spend an excessive amount of time doing non-tipped work, without getting paid minimum wage.

If you require your tipped workers to do side work, here's what you need to know about side work:

From the Sony hack to Hilary Clinton, work email has been all over the news lately. This may leave many employers wondering how closely they can or should monitor their employees' emails.

In some cases, federal law limits how much an employer can monitor electronic correspondence and protects certain kinds of speech in work emails. Employers need to have a plan in place (and make sure its legal) to keep this workplace convenience from becoming an office catastrophe.

What is the tip policy in your restaurant? Do your servers share tips with the busboys? Do you charge a set amount for parties of eight or more? Do you want to get rid of the headache of tips?

A growing number of restaurants are doing away with the concept of tipping completely. Bar Marco, an upscale Pittsburg restaurant, abolished their tip program opting to pay employees a base salary with health care benefits and stock shares instead. Brand 158, in California, adopted a no-tipping policy to discourage competition among employees. Servers at New York's Sushi Yasuda even run after customers to return tips. Are you considering implementing a no-tip policy for your restaurant?

What are some legal concerns of a no-tip policy you should worry about?

Severance packages are becoming more and more popular these days, and are no longer just golden parachutes for exiting executives. In fact, some states require severance pay in certain circumstances.

So how do you know when to offer soon-to-be-former employees severance packages, and what does a severance package need to include? Here are a few tips to help:

Whether you're an established business that doesn't want its proprietary information used by a competitor, or an upstart that doesn't want its secrets getting out, you may be looking at a non-compete agreement as a way to protect your trade secrets and maintain your customer base.

And the key to creating an enforceable non-compete agreement is all in the craft. So, here are a few considerations to keep in mind when crafting your non-compete clause or contract: