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Social media compliance: What companies need to know (access required)

In April 2012, Nordstrom Rack hosted a Tweetup, providing Boise’s social media influencers with $50 gift cards in exchange for them tweeting about the store in advance of its opening. In such a situation, the Federal Trade Commission Act requires ...

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Sunny days, mobile solar

Solar energy hasn’t made a lot of progress in the Treasure Valley, despite the fact that the region is one of the sunnier places in North America. Buying and installing solar equipment that can turn the sun’s energy into electricity ...

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ERISA service providers put their heads together on current issues

A group of Treasure Valley experts got together this month to talk about ways Employee Retirement Income Security Act service providers can help employers appeal to today’s best workforce, while staying profitable. Here are some topics that came to light ...

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Check signing myths and misconceptions

One day in a previous life when I managed a medical practice, an employee showed me how she handled the problem of insurance forms sitting on doctors’ desks for weeks, awaiting signatures. One physician in particular was “not approachable” (I’m ...

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A venerable business quietly moves with the times

I always worry about places like Nelson School Supply. The store, a modest one-story building on the corner of State and 11th streets, has an oddly elegiac quality. It’s similar to the little shops I remember from my hometown in ...

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Trust and responsibility are values that mean business in Idaho

Used to be that business was done with a handshake. A personal commitment and a shake of the hand meant you could trust someone to deliver what they promised. And if they couldn’t, they made it right for those who ...

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Backward movement in producing STEM graduates

Idaho’s workforce gets a lot of praise from the new companies that choose the Treasure Valley. Arriving CEOs say Idahoans are hard working, honest and reliable. For the last half-dozen years, state lawmakers, economic development officials, educators and many business ...

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Wellness programs increase financial incentive, but more guidance is needed

On June 3, the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Health and Human Services, and Department of Labor published final regulations implementing the Affordable Care Act requirements for wellness programs integrated with employer-sponsored health plans. The final rule is effective for ...

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