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What employers can expect from President Trump (access required)

In just a few short weeks, Donald Trump will be our nation’s 45th president. Now the work begins to forecast what the next four years will bring for employers when it comes to labor and employment law. Trump made immigration ...

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Downtown commuters, you have some hard choices ahead (access required)

Thursday, Nov. 17 started out benignly enough in Boise, with the usual mini-rush hour downtown under grey November skies. But by the time I reached the intersection of Front and Ninth streets at 7:30 that morning, it was clear a ...

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Avoiding the compliance pitfalls of prevailing wage laws (access required)

Prevailing wage laws require construction workers employed by private contractors or subcontractors on public projects be paid wages and benefits at least equal to the “prevailing” wage for similar work in the locality in which the project is located. Prevailing ...

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Year-end insurance review: common coverage oversights

Carrying adequate insurance is a critical risk management step for developers, builders and designers working on construction projects. Yet the important intricacies of coverage are too often overlooked at the time of contracting as the parties deal quickly to get ...

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An update on accountable care organizations (access required)

Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are groups of doctors, hospitals and other health care providers and suppliers who choose to come together to coordinate patient care. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has developed several ACO models under ...

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An insider’s perspective on business development (access required)

Recently, I had the absolute pleasure of sharing a working lunch session with eight dynamic women attorneys in different practice groups. Everyone around the table had a distinct approach to share about their area of expertise. We had such a ...

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The co-op approach to creating a workforce

When LaVay Lauter joined St. Luke’s Health System last spring as director of the Center for Learning and Development, she brought with her a background in internships and cooperative work experiences from several health systems in North Carolina and Kentucky. ...

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Bad news for family limited partnerships (access required)

Idahoans with a closely held family business or those who might benefit from the use of a family controlled entity as part of their estate plan should take careful note of proposed IRS regulations under Internal Revenue Code Section 2704 ...

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Lessons learned from inappropriate ‘locker-room banter’ (access required)

The 2016 presidential election sparked a national dialogue about gender issues and sexual assault. In the workplace, inappropriate conversations or comments of a sexual nature are often the basis for internal conflict and can result in exposure to civil liability. ...

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Union’s abusive tactics in business battle prove costly (access required)

For the first time in American labor law history, a jury found that a union defamed and disparaged an employer while waging a bitter organizing campaign, costing the union at least $5.3 million. The September jury award spells bad news ...

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