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Employer-provided spousal benefits face different requirements from state to state

Idaho-based employers with employees in multiple states could be subject to significant penalties and litigation if they do not comply with the laws of each state regarding group health coverage and other benefits provided to the same-sex spouses of employees. ...

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Avoiding disputes over the ownership of social media accounts

In 2006, PhoneDog Media LLC, a mobile phone website, hired Noah Kravitz to tweet on behalf of PhoneDog from the Twitter account, @Phonedog_Noah. The account amassed more than 17,000 followers in nearly four years. When Kravitz left PhoneDog in 2010, ...

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Premises liability: Skiing is special

Brad broke his leg while skiing at Snow Flake Resort in Idaho and sued Snow Flake Resort for negligence. At trial, evidence emerged that Brad was skiing out of control when he fell. However, the resort also contributed to his ...

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Tamarack’s never-ending foreclosure

Most readers are probably aware of the legal problems that have plagued the Tamarack resort in Valley County since the foreclosure began almost six years ago. While this isn’t the longest foreclosure in the history of the United States, it ...

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Are LEED certification challenges on the horizon?

The LEED Certification Challenge Policy adopted by the Green Building Certification Institute has emerged to create potentially serious risk and liability exposure to all Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design project team members – including owners, designers and contractors – ...

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Skills gap? Grow your own

If you’re a small-business owner who is having difficulty finding key talent, you’re not alone. Despite high unemployment, there is a shortage of qualified people in a wide range of occupations across the country. Several key trends suggest these skills ...

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Follow these steps when negotiating a business lease

I recently attended the 10th Annual Colliers International Real Estate Conference in Boise and I left excited about the experts’ predictions for 2014. In short, the outlook for the Treasure Valley is positive, which is a welcome change from the ...

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Before selling a business, consider a buyer’s perspective

In a company’s life cycle, several situations can prompt its sale. The owners may need to fund their retirement or succession from sale proceeds. A tempting, unsolicited offer may come across the transom. Or an entrepreneur may simply be ready ...

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Tax consequences of selling patents as part of a transition

Many entrepreneurial owners face difficult decisions when they look to sell their businesses. For inventors, sometimes the most valuable assets they can sell are the patents and other proprietary know-how they created or obtained over the years. Sales of patents ...

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