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Fair wages, worker’s dignity are basic rights

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

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)

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)

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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The biggest legal risk you never heard of

I used to work for a technology company that engaged a lot of outside vendors to assist it with what I call “IT implementations.” These included everything from customized software development and deployment to hardware configuration and installation to data ...

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A hardy pair of early Idahoans

Long before I set foot in Idaho for the first time, I got a glimpse of it through “Angle of Repose,” the Wallace Stegner novel about Arthur and Mary Hallock Foote. The couple moved to Idaho from the East in ...

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A Q & A about the new federal overtime regs

On May 18, President Obama and Secretary Perez announced the publication of the Department of Labor’s final rule updating the overtime regulations. Here are some answers to commonly asked questions. I already pay all of my employees a salary, so ...

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New federal trade secret law will protect Idaho employers

While trade secrets may be among a company’s most valuable assets, they are also among the most vulnerable. U.S. companies lose billions of dollars annually due to trade secret theft, and the vast majority of these losses can be traced ...

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To sue a former employee or not: It’s a tough decision (access required)

The decision of whether to sue an ex-employee who has taken or is using company information requires consideration of a number of factors. Suing and seeking injunctive relief may be the only choice If the departing employee was an important ...

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