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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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Helping employees ensure they are paid: A new federal pilot program (access required)

I often wonder how business owners sleep at night. Providing healthcare, growing a client base and finding and keeping good employees are all issues that likely cause owners and managers to toss and turn. One question that may not run ...

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Help mitigate life insurance fraud (access required)

While there’s likely no way to ultimately ensure your clients won’t be victims of fraud, there are a few things to be done that may help prevent it, as well as assist in recovery efforts if they’re victims. Recent fraud ...

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The IRS and structured settlements (access required)

How many times have we heard that we live in a litigious age? People are suing each other for just about everything. Some cases are sensationalized and ridiculous, but most are genuine cases where someone was physically, emotionally, or financially ...

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Opportunities and obstacles in international trade (access required)

Changes in international trade have been rapid and unrelenting. Broadly speaking, two major changes in U.S. trade policy have been implemented under the Trump administration. First, the United States now imposes a 25 percent tariff on global steel imports and ...

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