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Do Obama's Executive Orders on Wages Affect You?

President Barack Obama signed two executive orders Tuesday to require federal contractors to let their workers to discuss wages more openly and to require contractors to submit detailed data to the government about how they compensate workers.

The purpose of the executive orders, which the president signed on National Equal Pay Day, is to try and bridge the wage gap between men and women, according to The Washington Post.

So what do the orders mean for your business?

Almost every business needs a website, and Web design is one of many jobs that a small business owner can easily outsource.

But with an army of potential Web designers vying for the job, you'll want to keep these five tips in mind when drafting a Web design contract:

Hiring via a Staffing Company? 3 Legal Reminders

Need to hire new workers? A staffing agency may be able to help get the job done -- but there are a few legal issues you'll want to consider first.

Some staffing agencies can place the right candidate at your firm without you having to sift through a high volume of job applications. Others will allow you to select and interview candidates, but will handle the hiring and other HR tasks so your small business doesn't have to.

However, before you sign up with a staffing company, here are three legal tips to keep in mind:

Small businesses can find themselves in big trouble by hiring the wrong people, especially when it's for a bookkeeping position.

Take one Florida business that hired Dianna June Walton, a 28-year-old bookkeeper accused of skimming more than a quarter million dollars from her employer from 2010 to 2013, reports The St. Petersburg Tribune.

Want to avoid hiring a criminal or a dud? Consider these five questions when hiring a bookkeeper:

H-1B Visas for Small Businesses: 5 Tips

Small businesses regularly struggle with H-1B visa quotas. As The Wall Street Journal explains, in the United States, the early bird not only gets the worm, it gets the coveted H-1B visa, a temporary work permit the U.S. issues to highly skilled foreign workers.

If you need to file paperwork for an H-1B visa, make sure to get familiar with the process and submit your paperwork sooner rather than later. The application period begins April 1.

For starters, small business owners should get acquainted with the following five aspects of the H-1B visa:

Single Parents at Work: 3 Legal Facts for Employers

Single parents are some of the most hard-working employees at work. Although marital status is generally irrelevant in the workplace, there are legal issues relating to single parents that business owners should keep in mind.

So on this National Single Parents Day -- an observance that began with a proclamation by President Ronald Reagan in 1984 -- here are three legal facts for employers when dealing with single parents at work.

EEOC Updates 'Religious Garb in the Workplace' Guide

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued new guidelines regarding religious attire and grooming in the workplace, reminding employers and employees what's prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Every small business should take some time to review the EEOC's updated "Fact Sheet on Religious Garb and Grooming in the Workplace: Rights and Responsibilities," along with the corresponding question-and-answer guide.

As you read those items, here are six areas of concern business owners should keep in mind:

Can Your Business Be Sued Over a Truck Accident?

Depending on the circumstances, businesses that use trucks or employ truck drivers can be sued if there's an accident. This is especially true if the accident resulted in injuries.

But even if your business is sued, will a court hold you liable? That depends on many factors that will be unique to each individual case.

Here are some common truck accident lawsuit scenarios and a few factors that courts will consider in determing a business' potential liability:

Legal to Use Lie Detector Tests at Work?

A Florida woman is suing her employer, claiming she was fired after she failed a lie detector test at work, Orlando's WKMG-TV reports. Her employer, however, disputes that claim.

In light of the lawsuit, business owners may be wondering about the legality of administering lie detector tests such as polygraphs at work.

It turns out that under certain circumstances, employee polygraph tests can be legal, but there are limitations on how they can be used.

5 Legal Tips for Rejection Letters, Emails

A Cleveland woman's rejection email went viral and sparked a firestorm of rage against Kelly Blazek, the head of a popular local job bank listserv who sent the job seeker a scathing rejection letter.

Blazek -- an HR executive, no less -- learned the hard way that writing an ill-begotten rejection letter or rejection email can come back to haunt you, especially when the spurned recipient turns to social media (in this case, Reddit, Imgur, and Facebook) to call you out. In some cases, a poorly worded rejection letter can even be the basis for a lawsuit.

One simple solution for business owners: Just don't send rejection letters at all, as many firms are doing, according to U.S. News. But if you still want to send a rejection letter or email, here are five tips you may want to consider: