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Two key contract provisions implicated by the labor shortage (access required)

As I look out my office window in Salt Lake City, I can see numerous cranes dotting the skyline. Utah has one of the nation’s most robust economies, including a healthy construction industry. Nevertheless, construction is reportedly Utah’s largest market ...

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Negotiation strength comes from recognizing its existence (access required)

Significantly more than 90 percent of disputes are resolved by a negotiated settlement rather than a court decision. Also, 100 percent of contracts are entered following some sort of negotiation process. Likewise, every change order or contractual adjustment follows a ...

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Supreme Court ruling may spur employers to make changes (access required)

You may have heard about the U.S. Supreme Court’s significant ruling a few weeks ago that cleared the way for employers to enter into mandatory arbitration agreements with their employees that block class action litigation. This is potentially a game-changing ...

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A banker’s quest for more collaboration on the building site

Remember how carmaker Henry Ford revolutionized manufacturing by using the assembly line to build affordable cars? Well, that’s what Rob Perez, the Idaho/Washington regional president of First Interstate Bank, would like to do with commercial construction. Perez doesn’t claim to ...

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Businesses are evolving to counter cyberattacks (access required)

Idaho businesses are focusing on cybersecurity in a variety of ways. Spurred by many prominent hacks that have garnered national attention and spawned class action lawsuits around the country, business leaders know being connected to the internet creates risks that ...

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How the ad industry can help kill fake news (access required)

Last month Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared before Congress and apologized for his company’s mishandling of such issues as data privacy, for the proliferation of fake news and for allowing private companies like Cambridge Analytica unauthorized access to data. Zuckerberg ...

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An epic victory on class action waivers

In a significant win for employers, the United States Supreme Court has issued a landmark decision upholding the use of class action waivers in employment arbitration agreements.  This ruling permits employers across the country to enforce individual arbitration agreements with ...

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Portland seeks to cross threshold with strict house size limits (access required)

On May 8, the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission held its first hearing on the Residential Infill Project, which includes strict size limits for single-family homes that can be built or remodeled in most areas of the city. To that ...

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Is there such thing as privacy anymore? (access required)

As a fraud investigator for the past 20 years, I’ve taken advantage of a vast amount of information available through public sources. In most cases, individuals can’t control what personal information is out there. However, it’s becoming routine for people ...

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How lenders make loan decisions (access required)

At some point in the lifespan of your business, you may need to approach a bank for financing. Perhaps your goals include funding startup costs or growth plans, refinancing existing debt, or acquiring real estate, equipment or even another business. ...

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