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Obama addresses retirement security

Prior to his State of the Union Address to Congress and the American people, President Obama outlined new policy initiatives targeting retirement security for the middle class, which would include significant implications for employers. One proposal is aimed at employers ...

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Stress reduction is a laughing matter

Take your job seriously, but take yourself lightly. This according to Jeff Justice, a motivational humorist, who says humor goes a long way in the battle against stress. Justice also says that “humor can be used in stress reduction, problem ...

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Are you ready to recover – or stay in a funk?

There are expert predictions that 2010 will be much better than 2009. Well, golleeeee! There’s a brilliant statement. Probably made by the same idiot who said the recession is over. The reality is no one knows. The fact is some ...

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Guidelines for giving in the workplace 

BY MICHELLE HICKS LINES OF COMMUNICATION Disasters like the recent earthquake in Haiti tug at the hearts of Americans eager to do what they can to contribute to relief efforts. But those who want to give financial support must also ...

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Businesses back texting while driving ban 

Idaho lawmakers probably won’t encounter much opposition to a bill that would ban texting while driving from many transportation-heavy businesses that fear for the safety of their own workers. “I definitely would agree with the ban on texting,” said Jeffrey ...

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Some stocks of Idaho interest post solid 2009 (access required)

Stock in Boise-based Micron Technology finished 2009 strongly in relation to its one-year price range, thanks in part to a favorable quarterly financial report recently. Utilities and a few wood products stocks of interest to Idaho investors also are trading ...

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Put it to the test, open it on the Web

Up until late last year I was working in IT for a local bank. Then shortly after the holidays I was called into the CEO’s office (never a good sign) and laid off. IT has changed drastically over the years. ...

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What Minnick speaks out on health care

Most recently, freshman democratic rep. Walt Minnick has been cited as the kind of democrat Idaho needs in congress. Votes against economic stimulus funding, health care reform and environmental issues have landed him praise by his home state’s majority republican ...

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Are people truly your most important asset? (access required)

Ruth was at her workstation when Shawn walked up beside her, carrying a yellow piece of paper. “Here you go, Ruth,” he said. “Somebody caught you at your best. Thanks for going the extra mile.” It took Ruth only a ...

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