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Tell all employees about DOMA changes

If you’re an employer whose benefit plans are subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, you should seriously consider how your organization will respond to the Supreme Court’s Defense of Marriage Act ruling and subsequent Internal Revenue Service clarifications ...

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Skills gap? Grow your own

If you’re a small-business owner who is having difficulty finding key talent, you’re not alone. Despite high unemployment, there is a shortage of qualified people in a wide range of occupations across the country. Several key trends suggest these skills ...

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Training supervisors can minimize risk of employment claims

Statistics and anecdotal information continue to show that discrimination and retaliation claims are on the rise. Verdicts are larger than ever as juries lose patience with companies unable to rein in managers who engage in questionable conduct. Legal costs rise, ...

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Entrepreneurs forge ahead with ‘crowd funding’ alternatives (access required)

“Crowd funding,” under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, will create an unprecedented opportunity for entrepreneurs and small businesses to raise capital by selling securities to ordinary investors using the Internet and social networking sites. When implemented, Jobs Act crowd ...

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The advantage of electronic onboarding (access required)

At 6.8 percent in August, Idaho’s unemployment rate inched up, placing us 20th in the nation (September numbers were unavailable due to the government shutdown). Even so, the Idaho Department of Labor said Idaho employers across all industries were hiring ...

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Splitting assets among family is no easy task (access required)

Q: I have owned an operated a small business in Meridian for many years, but it is time I began slowing down and thinking about retirement. I have three children, but only one, my youngest son, is involved in the ...

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Take a drive up Chinden Boulevard, development keeps pushing westward

As a construction and development writer, I conduct countless phone interviews with developers, builders and other business owners at my desk, which happens to be in BoDo. However, what I learn is most meaningful to me when I hop in my ...

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Collaborate to make a space great

If we as a business community are going to fully emerge from the shadow of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, we need to think differently about how we conduct business on a fundamental level. Specifically, with regard ...

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Recent laws will affect trust taxation, so plan ahead

Q: My father-in-law passed away recently and a trust was established under his will for the benefit of his three children. Somehow I ended up as the trustee. Do any of the new tax laws affect trusts? Anything I need ...

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