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When your employees want to take a sick day, can you require them to give proof that they were sick?

With mandatory sick laws being passed in various cities and states, business owners have real reason to re-examine their sick day policies. Chief among these considerations is what kind of proof, if any, companies should require of their employees in order to take sick time off.

Let's examine some of the legal principles behind requiring proof for sick days.

After a Twitter petition successfully convinced President Obama to declare a National Entrepreneurs' Day in 2010, a group of entrepreneurs has now set their sights on Congress.

House Resolution 401, sponsored by Rep. Scott Peters (D-California), would support the designation of the third Tuesday of November as National Entrepreneurs' Day.

Besides just being a mouthful to say, what would a National Entrepreneurs' Day do to actually benefit entrepreneurs and other small business owners?

Chicago has joined a handful of cities in proposing to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

A group of aldermen in the Windy City have put forward a plan to raise the city's minimum wage from $8.25 an hour to $15 an hour, reports Reuters. This plan is separate from Mayor Rahm Emanuel's panel which has been tasked with providing recommendations for raising minimum wage.

What does this minimum wage proposal mean for Chicago employers?

Your small business should be paying attention to proposed net neutrality changes, because they may end up crippling your online presence.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted Thursday to put forward new rules governing net neutrality, including the possibility of companies paying for faster access to consumers.

Take a more proactive stance towards net neutrality and your business for these three reasons:

Minority-owned businesses may be entitled to government benefits and special programs, but not every business will qualify.

And claiming to be a minority-owned business when you're not is a terrible idea, as Moretech American Corporation has learned the hard way. Federal prosecutors allege Moretech passed off a shell company as a minority-owned firm in order to land a government contract; Moretech has agreed to pay $3 million to settle those claims, the New York Daily News reports.

So what exactly qualifies a business as a minority-owned business?

It's National Small Business Week, a time to recognize the importance of America's 28 million small businesses.

Events sponsored by the Small Business Administration span from San Francisco to Boston and Washington, D.C., ending with the announcement of the National Small Business of the Year.

Wonder if that could be you? Consider your odds -- and these five legal facts about National Small Business Week that you may not have known:

Colorado unveiled the world's first legal pot banking system on Wednesday, allowing marijuana businesses to move away from a cash-only model.

The pot bank bill, HB 1398, approved by Colorado legislators would allow pot businesses to join "cannabis credit co-ops" as a way to handle their money. The Associated Press reports that Gov. John Hickenlooper supports the bill and is expected to sign it.

Here are five key legal facts about Colorado's pot banking bill:

Congress Talks Bitcoin, Small Business: 3 Tidbits

Congress held a hearing on Bitcoin and small businesses Wednesday. Though no action was taken, the discussion could impact the virtual currency and businesses that currently accept it (or are considering it) for payment.

In case you're still in the dark, Bitcoin is the world's first decentralized, peer-to-peer virtual currency. This means that it's not backed by any banks, credit card companies, or governments, according to The Washington Post.

So before you get on board with Bitcoin, here are three tidbits to ponder from the House Committee on Small Business' Bitcoin hearing:

Businesses Add 'Obamacare Fee' to Customer Bills

Some businesses -- mainly restaurants -- "are asking customers to help foot the bill for Obamacare" by adding an Affordable Care Act surcharge on their tabs, CNNMoney reports.

Case in point: At least eight Gator's Dockside restaurants in central Florida are now charging a so-called "Obamacare fee" that amounts to 1 percent of a customer's check.

Should your business include an Obamacare fee or surcharge on customer bills?

NLRB Won't Fight 'Poster Rule' Decisions

The National Labor Relations Board has opted not to challenge two federal court decisions that invalidated the NLRB's so-called "poster rule."

The NLRB's Notice Posting Rule sought to require businesses to post notifications reminding workers about their right to unionize. But business groups fought the rule in federal court.

Here's a breakdown of what happened and what this means for employers: