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It’s the first $50K that kills you

Clients and potential clients inevitably ask some variant of the question, “Can I?” For example, “Can I copy these lyrics and use them in my novel?” Or, “Can I use this trademark even though someone else is already using it?” ...

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Financing opportunities in Treasure Valley industrial development (access required)

Boise’s industrial real estate market is at a crossroads. A strong economy has created robust demand for industrial buildings that can’t always be met with existing supply. But building “spec” product comes with its own challenges, as evidence suggests that ...

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OSHA rule on injury reporting creates new obligations for employers (access required)

On May 12, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration published a final rule requiring certain employers to electronically submit workplace injury and illness information to OSHA and requiring all employers to adopt procedures to encourage employee reporting. According to OSHA, ...

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Celebrating Canada Day, and Canada trade

July 1 is Canada Day, the national day of our neighbor to the north. The holiday celebrates the enactment of the Constitution Act of 1867, which united three colonies into what we now know as Canada. Since Idaho and Canada ...

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Changes are ahead for Boise’s impact fees (access required)

All new real estate development in the city of Boise is subject to the imposition of impact fees. Impact fees can represent a significant portion of  construction costs and can make or break the viability of a development. Boise’s impact ...

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Idaho’s got talent

Internships play an important role in the national discussion about job training. They’re a useful way for companies to help the newly graduated gain job skills and soft skills, and they’re helpful for job-seekers who want to try out a ...

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Firms need to provide new lawyers with clear ethical guidance (access required)

With summer approaching and the July bar exam looming, law firms are beginning to think about next year’s incoming class of associates. There will be training and mentoring and plenty of work to begin to transform the newest law school ...

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Don’t let a green building ‘LEED’ to disputes (access required)

In the 20-plus years since the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standard was introduced, the construction industry has fundamentally changed. With owners and tenants willing to pay a premium for LEED certification, a once nonexistent niche, green building now ...

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Brexit supporters might as well cheer at their own funeral

The U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union came as a shock to the markets even as it was known that the margin go or remain was razor thin. What began as an experiment after the Second World War has ...

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Green building is an opportunity for industrial builders (access required)

When you think of industrial manufacturing facilities, like food-processing plants or large-scale bakeries, sustainability and resource efficiency might not immediately come to mind. These workhorse facilities, which include manufacturing buildings, warehouses, distribution centers and industrial campuses, are designed for maximum ...

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