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A hazy area of workers’ rights

I started my professional life in offices that were hazy with cigarette smoke. At one of them, the engineering company Brown & Root Vickers in a suburb of London, 25 smokers shared one large room. It was horrible, but overflowing ashtrays ...

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Tough road for proposed Hawks stadium

Supporters of a potential new Hawks stadium are now calling for progress by this summer, or the people of Boise could face consequences. With the promise of losing the Cubs franchise and, if any hope of a new facility fades away, ...

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Financing options for starting and growing your business

There are really two choices when it comes to financing your business – debt and equity. Debt is typically a loan with a specified interest rate and an obligation to pay back the principal and all accrued interest. Debt is riskier ...

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Status update: Social media policies still under scrutiny

The acting general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) seems to be updating its status as often as some social media specialists. The board issued a second report on social media cases on January 24, 2012,  just six ...

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Workers’ compensation insurance is your friend

In my practice, I occasionally come across small business owners who appear to be confused regarding the difference between an independent contractor and an employee. Oftentimes, this confusion is fueled by a misguided belief that it is better to “1099” ...

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Before you hit ‘delete’ on that e-mail, read this

In today’s technology-driven world, data is everywhere. Between desktop computers, cell phones, iPads, and every other technological device, businesses are constantly creating and storing data. This data is commonly referred to as electronically stored information, or ESI, and parties to ...

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Easing the trauma of divorce

Boise attorney Michelle Michaud was just 3 years old when her parents’ marriage fell apart. This was in the 1980s, an era when the mechanics of separating a household and its children were still in their primitive stages. Michelle’s parents’ ...

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How to keep your church from getting fleeced

Over the years, I’ve heard many, many sermons on tithing. It’s a difficult topic for pastors, priests and rabbis. I’ve heard great sermons on the topic, and I’ve heard some that were not great. Churches are businesses, in a way. ...

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