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We're entrepreneurs and small business owners for a reason -- we think we can do it better than anyone else. But that doesn't mean we can do it all, and there are some cases where it's necessary to delegate planning, authority, and action to your employees.

It may not be easy, but there are ways to make delegating at work more effective. Here are three of them:

Why Small Businesses Are Adding Jobs in 2016

It's common during a presidential campaign season to hear a lot about small businesses and their importance to the national economy. The small business occupies a funny place in the American heart - both beloved underdog and the symbol of infinite individual potential - and this month, the statistics prove that both are true.

In January 2016 small business with 1-49 employees created 79,000 new jobs, according to Small Business Trends. Analysis of the monthly Small Business Report -- put together by the human resources group ADP in collaboration with Moody's Analytics -- shows that, despite many market fluctuations in January, small business owners are confident about 2016.

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:

Managers Liable for Veteran Employment Discrimination

We don't often think of soldiers as a protected class -- probably because the role of the soldier is to protect. But people who served in the military are protected from employment discrimination in American law, and there is in fact a strong statute, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) of 1994, that provides bases for liability that other protected classes do not have.

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:

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?

Gig Economy Study by Gov May Change Labor Law

The American government cannot get a handle on how its people are working. Employment has changed and many people now have gigs instead of jobs. The old measurements for economic health are gone and there are no new ones to replace them, so it is actually quite difficult to tell just how well workers are doing or what protections are needed now.

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez announced last week the government's plan to address this issue as US workplaces experience what he called "profound changes," The Wall Street Journal reports. But it will take some time to gather and analyze this information on the gig economy, so the impact on labor laws is likely to be delayed.

Employers have to rate their employees' performance. That's just a fact of the working world and a pretty effective way of incentivizing employees and rewarding them for their efforts. But there are all kinds of rating systems out there, and, as creations of imperfect managers and executives, they can be subject to misuse.

That's what one former Yahoo manager is alleging in a lawsuit filed in Federal District Court in California this week. Gregory Anderson's lawsuit challenges Yahoo's employee rating system and alleges that it was manipulated under CEO Marissa Mayer to fire hundreds of employees without just cause.

Examining Religious Exemptions to LGBT Protections

Compromise is often the only solution. Extremes rarely lead to agreement. You can try to get your way and likely fail, or you can concede a bit in order to advance your interests. It is generally accepted that by compromising, we make incremental progress, and that's a good thing.

But when do we make so many exceptions to a rule that it becomes irrelevant? Is that what's happening to new and proposed LGBT legal protections around the country, as Think Progress reports? Are provisions for religious institutions undermining the very cause these laws are mean to protect, including LGBT people's rights to nondiscrimnatory hiring?

Are You Liable for an Employee's Violence?

Usually you like to think of your place of business as reasonably pleasant. But recently your employee committed a violent crime -- at work! Apart from the blow to your ego, you are concerned about liability.

Can you be held responsible for an employee assault? How common is workplace violence anyway?