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In today's small biz world, many startups, especially Silicon Valley-based tech companies, are asking early employees to forgo high salaries in favor of shares in the company, essentially betting on their own future success. Such equity arrangements can be great for employees and entrepreneurs alike, but they may come with a snag: how can new employee-shareholders find out how much of the company they're getting and how much their shares are worth?

For publicly traded companies, it's easy -- check the share price. But for privately held startups getting that kind of information is more difficult, if not impossible. But an oft-overlooked Delaware incorporation law may be opening the books to shareholders. Here's what you need to know:

Labor Regulation and San Diego's New Minimum Wage

San Diego is the latest city to raise the local minimum wage and outline obligatory accrual of sick leave for employees. The change will take effect as soon as July of this year, JD Supra reports, but won't apply retroactively.

The measure will gradually increase the minimum wage for workers in San Diego, and provide much-needed sick leave. As soon as it takes effect, employees will see a 50 cent bump in hourly wages to $10.50. In January, there will be a one dollar bump and from 2019, wages will increase with the cost of living annually, based on the Consumer Price Index for the previous year. Let's consider labor regulation in the Californian city and beyond.

It's a balance that we Americans are consistently told we get wrong: weighing the responsibility of getting work done against the need for vacation, rest, and travel. We always hear how the Europeans got summer vacation right, and when we try to make it up by offering employees more paid vacation days, they're too afraid and stressed to take advantage.

So does taking care of your employees mean kicking them out of the office for at least three weeks this summer? The New York Times seems to think so. Here's how the three-week vacation could work for your small business.

Austin Drivers Sue Uber, Lyft for Back Pay

The ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft, which recently left Austin to avoid driver safety regulations, are being sued in two cases by Texas workers who say they were laid off without fair warning. The drivers say the companies violated federal regulations requiring employers with 100 or more workers to provide 60-day notice of layoffs.

The companies are probably not alarmed -- between them they face almost 700 cases of labor violations and other infractions, according to Courthouse News Service. They are used to fighting. Meanwhile, the drivers seek class certification, a declaratory judgment that the companies violated the WARN Act, an injunction, 60 days of lost wages and benefits, and statutory damages.

The last two major mass shootings, in San Bernardino and Orlando, didn't happen in public parks or streets -- they happened in places of business. This has a lot of employees wondering if they can bring guns to the workplace for self-protection and a lot small business owners wondering if and how they can ban firearms in their businesses.

Small businesses of all kinds are intersections of owner prerogatives, employee interests, and customer rights -- so how do these balance out when it comes to guns at work? Here are three main concerns, and some advice, from our archives:

Small business owners are always trying to get the most out of their employees. Advances in the type of work we do, and the technology with which we do it, have given bosses more options than ever for squeezing every last idea and project out of their staff.

We're no longer tethered to our desks or out-dated tech, so why are we still tethered to a standardized amount of time for work? The eight-hour workday has been a staple of work in America for centuries -- is it time for it to retire?

Bosses: What to Do Before Hiring

You have a lot to do -- you're the boss. Your business demands a lot from you. For that reason, you rely on others to comb through resumes and vet candidates for positions. But picking a person who will fit in at your company, truly, and produce the quality of work you demand, requires your involvement.

According to a Gallup poll discussed in Fortune, companies choose the wrong person for a job more than 80 percent of the time they hire. That means four out of five new hires are are not well-suited to a job they were offered. The solution to this costly and time-consuming problem may be relatively easy, however. It just requires extra attention before making the final hiring decision.

Is Your Employee Wellness Program ADA Compliant?

Increasingly, medical experts are advocating employee wellness programs that take a proactive approach to health. These programs focus on disease prevention and wellness over treatment and illness and are considered cost effective, in addition to keeping workers fit and in good spirits.

But before you implement one of these in your business, you do need to be aware of the fact that there are many different rules to follow. And just because your business's program is in compliance with one health law, does not mean it has complied with all requirements. Recently, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued guidelines advising employers of just this and finalizing a rule on compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), reports the National Law Review. Let's take a look.

Having a great idea is a good start. But what really makes a company successful is happy, capable, and motivated employees. And that corporate culture starts with you, the boss.

Here are nine ways to set the right tone for your employees, from your first hire to the occasional failure:

Expanded Overtime Pay Rule: Are Lawsuits Coming?

Last week the Department of Labor announced expanded overtime pay for millions of middle-class workers. People who work more than 40 hours a week and earn salaries of up to about $47,000 a year will now benefit from higher pay for their added hours, up from a cap of about $23,000.

The expansion, which goes into effect in December, is meant to assist a beleaguered middle-class, hard hit by the economic downturn of the last decade. But will this end up costing businesses more than they can afford? The move seems sure to spawn added labor lawsuits. Let's consider.