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Tips to avoid religious discrimination liability while hiring (access required)

What do you do if a job candidate walks into an interview wearing a hijab, yarmulke or cross? You may have no intention of discussing religion during the interview, yet the candidate’s headwear, facial hair, jewelry or tattoos may raise ...

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Indoor air quality matters, too (access required)

We spend approximately 90 percent of our time indoors, but we don’t completely understand indoor potential hazards. It pays to pay attention to indoor air quality. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the first costs of construction account for ...

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New construction industry rules expand powers of arbitrators (access required)

As the judge took the bench, the attorneys were ready for the jury’s verdict. They had worked long hours preparing their arguments, prepping witnesses, cataloging evidence, and devising cross-examination strategies. They were not, however, ready for their hard work to ...

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Energy efficiency in commercial buildings

Investing in energy efficiency on commercial building projects is a trend in Idaho. And with the advent of more stringent energy codes and the city of Boise’s voluntary Green Building Code, the market will continue to move in this direction. ...

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Even in the back office, looks matter

I’ve always wondered about the grey-and-white theme so common in the offices where I’ve worked over the years. Who chooses these colors? Why do some of us spend our days in such drab surroundings? With limited access to natural light, ...

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The NLRB decision and Idaho employees (access required)

With so few unions in Idaho, many employers pay little attention to the decisions of the National Labor Relations Board. However, the 3-2 decision in Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc., d/b/a BFI Newby Island Recyclery, and FPR-II, LLC, d/b/a Leadpoint ...

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Feds take aim at sexual orientation, gender ID bias (access required)

The federal government is taking aggressive action through various enforcement agencies to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. These efforts affect private employers, public employers and federal contractors. Accordingly, all employers should review their policies and procedures ...

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Some answers to important ACA questions (access required)

On Sept. 17, about two months after most employers would have liked to have seen final guidance, the Internal Revenue Service released final Affordable Care Act reporting forms and instructions for 2015. Applicable large employers and insurers will use these ...

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Software patents are dead! Long live software patents!

I never understood that expression, “The King is dead! Long live the King!” until I started watching Game of Thrones. So when horrible King Joffrey Baratheon was poisoned and the assembled onlookers turned to his younger brother and shouted those ...

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Three technology-related habits worth breaking (access required)

During a lifetime, most people develop less-than-ideal habits that can be detrimental to wellness and maybe even financial health. But when it’s an enterprise or law firm that’s putting those habits into place, it can impact every aspect of operations, ...

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