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Beware: uptick in sexual harassment claims possible (access required)

Whenever the topic of sexual harassment reaches mainstream media outlets, people are bound to take notice. And when sexual harassment allegations involving a prominent public figure like Bill O’Reilly appear in the headlines of just about every major national and ...

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Traditional and valued-added services for real estate entities (access required)

Commercial real estate companies (such as property developers, owners, investors, managers and lenders) face unique income tax, development, accounting and financial reporting issues. The best source for expert solutions to these issues are accounting firms that provide traditional accounting services ...

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The short end: abandoning the leasehold (access required)

It is a fear for many landlords when they decide to go into the rental property business: What happens if someone rents your property and then decides they want to break their lease early?  This is where things can get ...

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HR panel: Shelve the policy manuals in favor of training and trust

The Meridian human resources company Ameriben is a huge place by Idaho standards – it has 700 employees and expects to double in size in the next four years. It hired 20 people just last week. But when Human Resources ...

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Cautionary tales for commercial property managers

The real estate market is perking along at a fairly healthy pace. Even so, property managers must manage struggling tenants from time to time. While this is inevitable in any market, there are some steps that property managers can take ...

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How to avoid suits over employee dismissals (access required)

People get fired every day. The majority of them just go away, sometimes very angry, but at least they go away and don’t sue. Why is that? Is it because their termination met all of their employer’s “we’re safe!” criteria ...

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Workplace lessons from a trio of court cases (access required)

They say things often come in threes – this month, I’ll review three recent court decisions to help employers learn from the mistakes of others. “Shake hands and play nice” The first decision was handed down in November 2016 from ...

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Sticking to time and budget constraints is still crucial (access required)

Managing costs and schedules is an important part of the construction business. The ability to predict the cost of a project is critical to ensuring that owners can invest their money and realize returns to support their investments. Folks in ...

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Utilitarianism invades the window seat (access required)

We can all agree that the airport police officer did the unpopular thing when he yanked Dr. David Dao out of his window seat on the Chicago-Cincinnati flight. But I believe that United Airlines and its regional partner Republic Airline ...

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Venture College entrepreneur is making waves with river rafters

If you think nothing says “summer” like the experience of rafting one of Idaho’s most storied rivers, you’re not alone. This year, there were nearly 30,000 applications submitted to float the big four: the Middle Fork of the Salmon, the ...

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