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Fee-suit exclusions muddy the malpractice waters

The cost of malpractice insurance is an issue for every lawyer. Annual malpractice premiums cost thousands of dollars, often straining the ability of small firms and sole practitioners to purchase when premiums approach 10 percent or more of their income ...

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When it comes to embezzlement, property management is a risky business

Property management is rife with opportunities to steal. This is true in both residential and commercial markets. In the residential market, home sales are down and residential rentals are up. With no licensure requirements in Idaho, there are few barriers ...

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What to expect from the Idaho Legislature

Budget, health care, taxes — those are the three issues Gov. Butch Otter said Jan. 5 will dominate the Idaho Capitol during the 2012 legislative session. But with several hundred different pieces of legislation likely to be introduced, there are ...

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What is cloud computing and is it right for me? (access required)

The term “cloud computing” is everywhere these days. It’s not a new phenomenon, but rather it is continuing to evolve. The simplest, nontechnical definition of cloud computing is using an Internet browser to access software applications over the Internet. People ...

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For contractors, 2011 was a year of endurance

It’s no secret that the past few years have been tough for the construction industry. Since 2008, construction spending in the United States has decreased nearly $300 billion and has resulted in a 2 percent reduction in the nation’s economy, ...

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Don’t lose touch with your company’s wheel of fortune

Idaho small businesses accounted for nearly 60 per cent of private sector jobs in 2008, according to the US Small Business Administration. It’s a challenging path: owners need broad expertise in operations, sales, finance, marketing, human resources, and every other ...

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Judicial retirement system is a demonstrated success

No one would argue that our state budget suffers in an economic downturn. However, during these dismal economic times, crimes are still committed, children still suffer neglect and abuse, and the caseload of the state’s judicial system continues to grow. ...

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Dutch Brothers is banking on drivers and their cup of joe

Consumers may not be spending as much as they once did, but one thing is for sure: Nothing will stand between them and their favorite cup of coffee. Brian Wight knows this well. As the owner of five Dutch Bros. ...

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Workplace discrimination complaints hit record high

The less-than-favorable economic times have had many unfortunate implications that reach far beyond the unemployment rate. In addition to those who can’t find work, those who can appear increasingly more disgruntled. Illustrating this fact is workplace discrimination complaints. Claims of ...

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Prevention is key, and hygienists are key to prevention

Dental hygienists’ roles must be expanded in Idaho. Idahoans lack access to oral health care now.  The Surgeon General’s report, Oral Health in America, identifies vulnerable populations including children, women, elderly, racial and ethnic groups, low income groups, special needs ...

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