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Considering sufficiency and the need for affordable housing

Sullivan and Richter

One of us recently participated in an international conference on law, property and society. Among the topics discussed was that of sufficiency – at what point do we have too much “stuff” so that additional accumulation is unnecessary and done ...

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Rules protect workers who enter confined spaces

Kim Eckman featured

The dangers of working in confined spaces have been well known and documented for over 2000 years. During the rule of the Roman emperor Trajan (53-117 AD), physicians of the day wrote of the ill effects suffered by convicts forced ...

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Employee recognition? Jeanne Huff gets it

Anne Wallace Allen copy

Employee recognition has spawned a cottage industry of books, articles and seminars. Even as we hurtle toward mind-boggling structural change at work and elsewhere, one conundrum sticks around: How do business leaders show their best employees that their hard work ...

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Putting data security to the test (access required)

Matthew Esworthy featured

Earlier this spring, we learned one of the largest reported data breaches happened not to a government agency, large retailer or multinational corporation, but to an obscure Panamanian law firm. This should come as no surprise, given what we know ...

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Maintaining patient privacy in the digital age (access required)

Jaklyn Wrigley featured

Those in the heavily regulated health care industry know that patient information is sacrosanct. And for good reason; improper handling can result in hefty fines or criminal prosecution under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Health care employers must ...

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New overtime rules represent some compromise to original regs

Kara Heikkila

On May 23, the U.S. Department of Labor published final regulations updating how certain exempt-status employees must be paid under the federal wage and hour law, the Fair Labor Standards Act. These exemptions are commonly referred to as the “white ...

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Fair wages, worker’s dignity are basic rights

Joe dowd featured

Workers have been exploited by their employers for time immemorial. For Heaven’s sake, even the patriarchs of the Bible held slaves. The Flavian Dynasty used 100,000 Jewish prisoners – captured in the Siege of Jerusalem – to help build the ...

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World, here they come

Anne Wallace Allen copy

Although our model of public education doesn’t appear on the outside to have changed much since it was established in schoolhouses centuries ago, education policy has been pushed in many directions over the years by the economy, politics, competition from ...

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Managing reality: Is it truth or perception? (access required)

Karen Natzel Web

As a philosophy student in college, I recall my professor putting forth the notion that perhaps a table in front of us didn’t actually exist. I remember thinking, “This guy is nuts.” At the time I didn’t fully appreciate the ...

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Top tips for a successful design-build project (access required)

Jacob Zahniser featured

Design-build is a project delivery system in which one entity – the design-build team – works under a single contract to provide design and construction services for the owner. The design-build system is an alternative to the traditional design-bid-build process ...

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