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The legal issues swirling around driver pay for ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft normally centered around whether those drivers were classified as employees or contractors. State and federal minimum wage, overtime, and unemployment laws generally only apply to employees, so as long as drivers were independent contractors, the companies could pay what they wanted.

That was until the New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission stepped in and set a new wage floor for Uber and Lyft drivers in the city. The first such minimum wage for app-based drivers in the country, NYC set the rate at $17.22 per hour after expenses or $26.51 per hour gross. So how will that affect drivers, fares, and the companies?

Do Employers Have to Pay Overtime on Thanksgiving?

Few employees want to work on Thanksgiving, unless they are looking for a solid excuse to get out of a family dinner. Employers often do what they can to spread holiday work around in whatever manner seems fair, but it's likely some percentage of employees in certain industries will have to work this Thanksgiving. Employers are thankful for their service, but do they have to pay them overtime?

Sandwiched in between the monolithic shopping holidays of Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Small Business Saturday -- a day for local and small businesses to really shine. And while your focus might have been on the day before, don't forget to prepare for the day made for your small biz.

So here are five legal tips to prepare for Small Business Saturday, and the biggest shopping weekend of the year.

Ah, love at work. Perhaps it's inevitable, given the amount of time we spend in the office. But coworker relationships can give small business owners fits. First of all, there's the sexual harassment concern, especially if one of those employees in the relationship is a manager. Second, what if the relationship goes south? Will it blow up your entire office?

Naturally, many employers are tempted to ban intraoffice relationships entirely. But they may not be all bad. According to Forbes, 14 percent of employees say an office romance increased their happiness at work, and while some reported that the relationship decreased their productivity, about the same amount said the opposite. So some big tech companies have taken a more nuanced approach, with the Wall Street Journal reporting that Facebook and Google limit employees to one opportunity to ask a co-worker out, and apparently "I'm busy" counts as a "no."

So how should your small business handle dating coworkers? Here are three things to consider:

Employers Should Beware Indoor Heat Injuries

Things are changing in California, and employers better be prepared. New weather patterns and select burgeoning career paths have created the necessity for state government to regulate protections for heat injuries occurring indoors.

California was the first state to set a threshold at which employers must protect workers from outdoor conditions. Starting in January 2019, California will become the first state to begin the formal process, through the state's Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board, of having regulations to protect workers from indoor heat indexes.

You never know when an employee will call out sick, you'll be caught off guard by an unexpected rush of customers, or you'll otherwise suffer from a staff shortage. That's why it can help to have some of your workers "on-call," meaning that they're available to come to work at a moment's notice.

Clearly, this means that on-call employees are severely limited in what they can do while they may be called into work, so does that mean you need to compensate them for that time? And, if so, are those hours subject to overtime pay regulations?

In general, it's a good idea to keep personnel files for all your employees. You can track their interview and hire, promotions and bonuses, and any complaints or disciplinary action. These records can come in handy later if the employee is asking for a raise, or arguing against their termination.

But does keeping a file on every employee mean that each one has a right to view, copy, or keep their personnel file? Not necessarily, but a more definitive answer may depend on where your company is located.

Riot Games Sued for Pay Disparity, Sexual Harassment

Riot Games, the video game developer behind megahit League of Legends, has been hit with a proposed class action lawsuit by two female employees, one current and one former, for sexual harassment, discrimination, and violation of California's Equal Pay Act. This comes on the heels of a massive expose by Kotaku which details a strong sexist culture that puts "bro's before ho's" in a company that is over 80% male.

This year, New York City passed a law requiring all private employers with 15 or more employees to provide annual, interactive anti-sexual harassment training to certain employees. And while the law may not apply to all employers -- or even every single employee or contractor -- the city's requirements can be a model for other cities or states or any business that wants to reduce or eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace.

Here are some of the frequently asked questions about NYC's sexual harassment training requirements, and how they might apply to your small business.

Should Your Company Offer Paternity Leave for Adoption?

Employee benefits in the family leave arena are rapidly evolving. Many employers are now offering paternity leave to allow fathers time to bond with their new children, above and beyond what is required at the state and federal level. Sometimes these apply to adoptions, and sometimes they only apply to birthing fathers. Should your company offer additional paternity leave for adoption? Here are some things to consider in answering that question.