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New FMLA developments keep employers on their toes

Idaho employers who think they have a handle on administering the Family and Medical Leave Act may need to take another look. In the last six months, new regulations and a significant U.S. Supreme Court decision have changed the FMLA ...

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Now is the time to refinance, borrow for commercial real estate

Commercial real estate finance has come through the perfect storm of a long recession and finally reached the other side, and 2013 will go down in the books as a strong year for the market. Rates remain at historic lows ...

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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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Small firms and the small-business challenge

It has become conventional wisdom in this country that small businesses are the real engine of economic growth and job creation. The typical examples are the tech startup that becomes a global giant or the small service provider that ultimately ...

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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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Unpaid internships pose hazards for employers

The summer internship season may be winding down, but a recent federal court decision serves as a reminder that using unpaid interns any time of the year can be risky to for-profit employers. In Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures Inc., ...

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