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The meaning of work

“Why don’t my employees think like me?” This refrain frequently comes out of the mouths of frustrated and perplexed business owners I work with. Sometimes the cause is poor judgment or a competency issue on the part of an employee, ...

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Interpreting concentration and interest rate risk

Idaho’s financial institution leaders have a responsibility to identify, measure, monitor, and control concentration risks and interest rate risks. These risks have increased in the past few years due to the slow economy, which has brought an increase in loans ...

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The Xbox wins this round

It’s not only mail carriers being rendered obsolete by electronic communication. A less-known casualty of our changing society is the piano. Once common in middle-class homes, the old upright is being pushed offstage by other forms of entertainment. There’s a ...

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USERRA: An overview for service members’ employers

The legal services offered by lawyers depend largely on the clients they serve. Today, with more and more service members returning from deployment, it is worthwhile for attorneys to become familiar with the federal law that provides increased rights and ...

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Steering customers to the right place

Ever since two wheel merchants showed up at the same cave entrance, one question has dominated the minds of business people the world over: How can I convince customers to buy from us instead of them? It’s the same question ...

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Health care law compliance requires immediate attention

With the re-election of President Obama, employers need to take seriously the job of preparing for Obamacare, a.k.a. the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, particularly in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in June upholding the act. ...

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Commercial and multifamily mortgage originations continue to increase nationally

Commercial real estate transaction activity is definitely moving in a more positive direction, as the industry is experiencing a sharp uptick in the amount of commercial and multifamily mortgage originations. This is also a great sign that credit has completely ...

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