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Navigating uncertainty: Legal options for manufacturers confronting tariffs (access required)

Pursuant to a series of Proclamations issued by President Trump, tariffs recently went into effect on all steel and aluminum articles imported into the United States from countries other than Argentina, Australia, Brazil, and South Korea. Exemptions granted to Canada, ...

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Is fast thinking slowing you down? (access required)

In 2012, Facebook conducted an experiment to see whether it could influence the emotions and postings of its users by curating news feed content calculated to manipulate mood. The experiment worked. If you had any doubt that your decision-making is ...

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United States needs infrastructure investment now more than ever (access required)

We can no longer wait for future generations to address this nation’s crumbling infrastructure. We need to act now. The problem is substantial, to say the least. The American Society of Civil Engineers predicts that failing to close the infrastructure ...

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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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