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While same-sex couples can now legally marry in every state, LGBT people still face discrimination in many other areas of life.

LGBT people face employment discrimination everyday, but it doesn't have to be that way. Here are five tips to prevent LGBT employment discrimination and avoid lawsuits:

Obama Plans to Expand Overtime Pay

How many hours a week do your employees work? 40? 50? 60? Do they get overtime pay?

Most salaried workers do not get overtime pay, but President Obama may be looking to fix that. Since last year, the President ordered the Labor Department to implement new rules to expand overtime pay for millions of workers.

Reports speculate that the Labor Department will announce its new proposed rule soon.

Regardless of your personal feelings about #hashtag activism and personal shaming on social media, the fact remains that an employee's personal tweets can have a negative impact on your business. Look no further than Regal Movies employee Hyley DiBona's racist tweets following the Charleston shooting, and the subsequent boycott of the theater chain until DiBona was fired.

Yes, they were just tweets, and yes it was her personal, in-no-way-related-to-work account. But her online comments undoubtedly had a negative effect on Regal, and the company fired her quickly and publicly. 

Did they make the right decision? How should your small business respond if an employee publishes offensive personal tweets?

Last year, California passed the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (AB 1522). The act is also known as the Paid Sick Leave law.

The law requires employers to give qualified employees paid sick leave. While the law took effect on January 1, 2015, the accrual period starts July 1, 2015.

Here is what you need to know:

Where did you attend school? How many jobs have you had? Have you ever been convicted of a crime?

Advocates of the "Ban the Box" movement are working to remove that last question from job applications. As a small business owner and employer, how could this affect you?

Last night marked the beginning of Ramadan, Islam's holy month of fasting, and employers may have to make some reasonable accommodations for Muslim employees.

Here's how to be a good boss where employment law and religious law intersect.

Unpaid internships can be a boon for small businesses: you can train a whole new generations of employees and get a test run before committing to a full hire. But they can be a legal minefield as well.

Warner Music just had to pay $4.2 million to settle a lawsuit for underpaying interns, while Conde Nast, NBC, and Gawker Media were also targeted by former interns. (Not even law firms are immune from the summer intern lawsuit.) So what did these companies do wrong, and what do you need to do right to make sure you don't get sued by your interns?

We all make mistakes. And when small business owners make a mistake on a hire, it could be costly.

A bad hire could have a negative impact on your company's morale and its bottom line. So dealing with a bad hire (and doing it legally) can save you time, energy, and money.

Chipotle is following in Starbucks' footsteps and offering more benefits to all of its employees.

Chipotle has prided itself on its "people culture." To further the aims of that culture, the chain will now offer all employees full tuition reimbursement, sick pay, and paid vacation time. These benefits were previously only for salaried employees, but, starting July 1, all hourly and entry level employees will also receive these benefits.

Chipotle is not alone in its push to take better care of its employees. Entrepreneur reports that Starbucks expanded its tuition reimbursement program to cover four years of education, and McDonalds has similarly extended its education program and vacation policy. As a small business, should you take a leaf from these companies' playbook and expand your employee benefits too?

How do you schedule your employees? Do they have set hours? Do they have on-call shifts that can be cancelled as late as one hour before a shift started?

A California lawsuit against Victoria's Secret and an Attorney General's investigation in New York may change the practice of unpaid on-call shifts.