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Mandated minimum wage increase is not the answer

Our economy has changed, and pay has not recovered from the last recession. There are many reasons for this, but the reasons don’t matter to some leaders. They are tired of waiting and advocate legislating a minimum wage rate increase. ...

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Abandoned properties: The X-Files solution (access required)

Driving through downtown Boise today and seeing no fewer than nine cranes on various commercial construction sites, one gets the impression that the Treasure Valley is experiencing healthy, if not robust, capital investment in real property development. At the same ...

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Highway Administration’s interpretation of Buy America Act rejected (access required)

The Federal Highway Administration has long held that the federal government’s so-called “Buy America” requirements apply neither to steel and iron manufactured products with less than 90 percent steel or iron, nor to other “miscellaneous” manufactured products. The FHWA had ...

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16 construction apps for 2016 (access required)

Last year was a monumental year in the construction industry, and 2016 won’t buck that trend. Coming out of the recession and now dealing with a labor shortage, industry professionals are turning to technology now more than ever to get ...

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Key aspects of joint check agreements (access required)

In the construction industry, owners and prime contractors can use joint checks to protect themselves from lien foreclosures by lower-tier subcontractors and material suppliers that upper-tier contractors and subcontractors have failed to pay. Aside from other contractual measures that can ...

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Trade secrets add value to your company

Imagine what would happen if Pepsi knew how to make Coca Cola. Not a mere knock-off, but the exact thing: Coke Classic in all its caffeinated, sugar-laden glory, complete with just a hint of lime essence. What would happen? Well, ...

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Dogs in the workplace: the risks and rewards (access required)

People love their dogs. Increasingly, they love to bring them to work. But before you open the doors of your office to  canine companions, it’s a good idea to assess the risks and responsibilities.   According to the Insurance Information Institute, ...

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A look ahead at the Affordable Care Act (access required)

Last year turned out to be a busy one,not only for many employers getting into the groove of offering health insurance and preparing for reporting, but for the IRS as well. As usual, the IRS provided more guidance and changes ...

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A case for the liberal arts

Today’s focus on STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is laudable, and no doubt helps guide impressionable young people into fields of study that will equip them directly for employment in today’s highly technical workforce. That said, there is ...

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