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Establish order to keep each project on a path to success (access required)

Executing projects successfully requires good schedules. They’re developed by identifying the resources and sequencing necessary. They’ll encourage “what-if” conversations about contingent events. But all too often this effort is not given the attention that it deserves. It is given lip ...

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Planning a company holiday party? Here’s how to keep it harassment-free (access required)

The shenanigans that occur at office holiday parties are often the subject of movie plots, memes and inside jokes among co-workers. In today’s culture, however, these shenanigans can serve as the basis for a claim of sexual harassment or other ...

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Demystifying the medical bill

You know how a medical visit these days tends to result in a welter of confusing bills and mysterious charges? Well, Kent Ivanoff used to get those bills, too. When the former Capital One executive moved back to his home ...

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Idaho’s newcomers are reinforcing its political makeup, not changing it

Idaho’s new arrivals hail from many different corners of the country, but the highest numbers are coming from nearby Western states such as California and Washington.  While there are many economic implications of this growth, there may also be political ...

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2017 year-end tax planning for individuals (access required)

Year-end 2017 is shaping up as an important deadline to have tax strategies in place to take advantage of certain opportunities before they sunset along with the close of the tax year on Dec. 31, 2017. A major challenge this ...

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At Life’s Kitchen graduation: ‘I did it’

Jasper Burchard had been out of school and at home, unemployed, for two years when she started taking the bus from Caldwell to Life’s Kitchen in Boise for a food service training program. On Nov. 13, she stood up at ...

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Contractors must accept the realities of business exits (access required)

Contractors likely have been forced to think about and probably document an “exit plan” at the request of their surety or banker or maybe family. One of these parties may have insisted on seeing paperwork that shows a plan is ...

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Opioid addiction is a workforce problem (access required)

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter put opioids on the top of his list as soon as he took office, forming an opioid task force to figure out how best to stem the tide of addiction and overdose deaths. President Trump recently ...

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HR professionals: If you don’t act against harassment, who will?

A few months ago, Susan Fowler, a former engineer at Uber described her “…very strange year…” by exposing the rampant, blatant sexual harassment she encountered on her very first day on a new team, perpetrated by her new boss.  It ...

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Take control of construction litigation costs (access required)

Everyone knows litigation can be expensive, yet many construction professionals are unaware that some costs can be avoided via advance planning and more thorough organization and management of project information. If you think you may have left money on the table ...

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