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The Top 10 Free Enterprise Blog Posts of 2014

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By Daniel Taylor, Esq. on December 19, 2014 8:32 AM

As any small business owner knows, the world of small business is never boring. And 2014 was no different.

From the Ferguson riots to breastfeeding "nurse-ins," business owners were certainly faced with some new challenges in 2014. At the same time, business owners also continued to seek guidance on some of the more fundamental issues affected SMBs, such as managing employees, FMLA compliance, and customer rights.

FindLaw's Free Enterprise blog touched upon all these subjects and more in 2014. What were the biggest issues for business owners this year? Here are this year's Top 10 most-read Free Enterprise posts:

  1. B&N's Breastfeeding Mom Settlement: 3 Lessons for Businesses -- Bookseller Barnes & Noble learned the hard way that the law in many states allows for public breastfeeding, even when it may be against "store policy."
  2. Can Your Business Legally Refuse to Serve Gays? -- Under federal civil rights laws, refusing to serve customers based on sexual orientation is not unlawful. However, many states and cities have laws prohibiting business owners from doing so.
  3. Is It Legal to Serve Alcohol If You're Under 21? -- Although those under 21 usually can't legally drink alcohol, they are able to legally serve it in many states under certain circumstances.
  4. Do Contracts Need to Be Notarized or Witnessed? -- Although some legal documents are required to be witnesses or notarized, business contracts generally require neither.
  5. Racist Comments at Work: What Can Employers Do? -- Business owners can help protect themselves from discrimination lawsuits by ensuring there is a sufficient disciplinary process in place for employees who make racist comments.
  6. Is It Legal to Defend Your Business From Looters? -- Business owners trying to protect a business from looters should know that certain measures, such as setting booby traps or using lethal force, may result in criminal charges and civil liability.
  7. 5 Tips for Your 'No Fraternization' Policy -- Many businesses have no-fraternization policies that limit office romances. While these policies are effective at eliminating workplace drama, they may violate employment laws if they are written incorrectly.
  8. 5 Types of Employees You May Want to Fire -- Although terminating employees may be a stressful process, there are certain kind of employees that your business will be better off without.
  9. Is Kickstarter or Crowdfunding Money Taxable Income? -- An increasing number of businesses are looking to crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter to raise money. But there is still some debate about how exactly to treat money raised on Kickstarter for tax purposes.
  10. Giving Proper FMLA Notice: How to Comply With Federal Law -- Business owners should know that federal law requires that employees be given proper notice of their right to take extended unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Here's to another year in the books for both business owners and blog writers.

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