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Don’t wait for the government to bring you skilled workers


Apprenticeships have been receiving extensive news coverage lately. Most recently, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to encourage “more affordable pathways to secure high-paying jobs by promoting apprenticeships and effective workforce development programs.” The president announced the order by ...

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Leveraging private expertise and financing for public benefit (access required)

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Almost every region of the United States faces a mounting backlog of infrastructure needs. These threats are amplified by the potential impacts of climate change. The catastrophic impacts associated with Hurricane Sandy underscore the importance of upgrading aging infrastructure to ...

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New lodging is enlarging the experience for Idaho visitors

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When it comes to real estate and construction in Idaho, there probably isn’t a larger story than lodging. The number of hotel rooms in Idaho hit a plateau for several years during the recession. Boise, the state’s largest city, went ...

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Does being a lawyer make you unhappy? You can turn things around (access required)

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This month, I’ve been puzzling over the question of how to practice law with joy . I recently gave a presentation on this topic. I started with a confession—I have no idea how any one lawyer can become happier. I’m ...

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As Chuck Berry said, we need to get ready (access required)

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“Roll over Beethoven and tell Tchaikovsky the news.” This is a line from a song by 1960s rock ‘n’ roller Chuck Berry. I think the underlying premise of the song is that just as music is changing, the rest of ...

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Graduation speeches to live by (access required)


In the spirit of the season for soaring rhetoric and sometimes-pious or even self-serving bland admonitions provided free of charge (I hope) at high school and college graduation ceremonies, I offer two commencement addresses I consider among “the best and ...

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Turning a dream into a way of life

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The Idaho Songwriter’s Association has grown from a handful of participants when it started in 2010 to 6,000 now, and it arranges about 175 performances a year. It owes this growth to four people who joined forces as strangers to ...

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Mistakes in non-competition and non-solicitation agreements (access required)


Non-competition and non-solicitation agreements can be important tools for companies looking to protect their customers – and their workforce – in the event of a key employee’s departure. However, unless they are crafted carefully and in compliance with strict statutory ...

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F-word Facebook firing flipped by federal court (access required)


In an April ruling that could leave employers fuming and possibly cursing, a federal appellate court ruled that an employee who used a public Facebook page to curse at not only his boss, but also his boss’ mother and entire ...

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