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So you think you have a delay claim? Prove it (access required)

Productivity is critical for a construction project to be profitable. Changes to scope, site conditions and the manner in which the work must be performed all impact productivity in real time and reduce profits. Compensation for lost productivity depends on ...

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Check whether insurance policies have pollution coverage (access required)

Engineers working in the commercial construction industry face a myriad of challenges that can keep them up at night. Unforeseen site conditions can delay a project or cause it to go over budget, miscommunication with the client can cause a ...

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The danger of electronic medical records after an adverse event (access required)

Electronic medical records have undoubtedly improved communication in almost every field of medicine. They allow physicians to transfer patient data in a timely manner, resulting in faster response times and better care. However, after an adverse event, the wealth of ...

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Is it time to do a paycheck checkup? (access required)

The IRS is working on a new Form 1040 for the 2019 tax season and announced in late June that they are streamlining the Form 1040 into a “shorter, simpler postcard-sized” form intended to replace and consolidate current Forms 1040, ...

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Questions and answers concerning policies on harassment

Workplace harassment has always been a point of concern for prudent employers, but the time is ripe to reassess policies to evaluate efficacy and the potential for improvement. The following questions can be a starting point for assessing where current ...

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Company culture, #MeToo, and investigating complaints (access required)

It is now well-established that the #MeToo social responsibility movement is changing corporate America. It has led to the downfall of powerful executives and has put corporate culture under a microscope. The media, regulators and investors are focusing not only ...

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Simple controls can protect your small business against fraud

Small business is the backbone of the country’s economy, and the Gem State is no exception. Idaho’s small businesses account for 96.6 percent of all business in the state and employ nearly 300,000 workers. Unfortunately, small businesses are twice as ...

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Boise traffic: An economist’s view

Recently my sons and I collected golf balls in the foothills near our neighborhood. Golf balls? Yep. Lots of them. I counted 36, but my 10-year-old son assured me that the number was closer to 50. Who cares about golf ...

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States are racing to catch up to autonomous vehicle technology (access required)

The Oregon Legislature has established a task force to make recommendations for regulating operations of autonomous vehicles (AVs) on state roadways. Composed of government, industry and consumer stakeholders, the task force is to report in September on policies and rules ...

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New rule may soon solve joint employment dilemma (access required)

You know who your employees are. Or do you? Due to some expansive National Labor Relations Board cases and aggressive government investigators, union officials and plaintiffs’ attorneys, you may be employing people and not even know about it. That’s because ...

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