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Missed these important HR updates? I’ve got your back (access required)

Back in the day (my children cringe when I start a sentence with that), things slowed down in the summer. Somewhere around mid- to late June, the pace at work was more relaxed, there weren’t as many places to go ...

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Don’t commit ‘textual harassment’ (access required)

In what appears to be a first-of-its kind decision, the National Labor Relations Board recently determined that an employer committed an unfair labor practice when one of its managers asked an employee a pointed question via text message about whether ...

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A haven for out-of-the-classroom learners

An unusual pair of entrepreneurs in Garden City will be taking their vegetable oil-powered pickup to the Bonneville Salt Flats in August to see if they can repeat their 2011 feat of breaking a record for speed. Six years ago, ...

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Know which construction documents to keep and which to toss (access required)

The promise of the “paperless office” is a bust. In reality, the ease by which documents are created has caused files to explode in volume, both in paper and in electronic format. And since those documents are easily disseminated, multiple ...

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Don’t wait for the government to bring you skilled workers

Apprenticeships have been receiving extensive news coverage lately. Most recently, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to encourage “more affordable pathways to secure high-paying jobs by promoting apprenticeships and effective workforce development programs.” The president announced the order by ...

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Leveraging private expertise and financing for public benefit (access required)

Almost every region of the United States faces a mounting backlog of infrastructure needs. These threats are amplified by the potential impacts of climate change. The catastrophic impacts associated with Hurricane Sandy underscore the importance of upgrading aging infrastructure to ...

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New lodging is enlarging the experience for Idaho visitors

When it comes to real estate and construction in Idaho, there probably isn’t a larger story than lodging. The number of hotel rooms in Idaho hit a plateau for several years during the recession. Boise, the state’s largest city, went ...

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Does being a lawyer make you unhappy? You can turn things around (access required)

This month, I’ve been puzzling over the question of how to practice law with joy . I recently gave a presentation on this topic. I started with a confession—I have no idea how any one lawyer can become happier. I’m ...

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As Chuck Berry said, we need to get ready (access required)

“Roll over Beethoven and tell Tchaikovsky the news.” This is a line from a song by 1960s rock ‘n’ roller Chuck Berry. I think the underlying premise of the song is that just as music is changing, the rest of ...

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Graduation speeches to live by (access required)

In the spirit of the season for soaring rhetoric and sometimes-pious or even self-serving bland admonitions provided free of charge (I hope) at high school and college graduation ceremonies, I offer two commencement addresses I consider among “the best and ...

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