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EEOC opens the door to employer-sponsored wellness programs (access required)

Wellness programs are a new trend in the workplace thanks to a provision in the Affordable Care Act that encourages employers to implement these programs. However, not all employers have been quick to jump on board, due in part to ...

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What a car ride taught me about my business partner (access required)

The Small Business Association defines a partnership as “a single business where two or more people share ownership.” Statistics reveal the failure rate for new businesses is alarmingly high, but that partnerships (rather than single-owner businesses) have a likelier chance ...

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Trade agreement is crucial to Idaho agriculture

The Idaho Dairymen’s Association, Idaho’s largest dairy producer trade association, and Glanbia Foods Inc., Idaho’s largest dairy processor, are encouraged by the support given The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015. The bill, more commonly referred to ...

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Governance in early-stage ventures (access required)

Most angels spend a lot of effort deciding whether or not to make an investment. Most entrepreneurs devote a lot of time to raising capital. But frequently, neither gives much thought to post-investment governance. Governance is the means by which ...

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For employers, a maze of conflicting discrimination laws

In the wake of the 2015 legislative session, Idaho discrimination law remains anything but clear. In fact, the Legislature’s rejection of the Just Add the Words campaign, and the accompanying bill that would have amended the Idaho Human Rights Act ...

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Social media terms of service and you

When you take a photo with your cell phone or write a blog post or a short story or a poem, in general you are creating a copyright (a noun) that you own. Under United States copyright law you, as ...

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401(k) restatement deadline is approaching (access required)

Most Idaho businesses, large and small, maintain a “401(k)” and/or “profit sharing” plan. Most of those plans exist on documents that are considered by the IRS to be “preapproved” documents. All preapproved 401(k) and profit-sharing plan documents must be restated ...

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Employer reporting under the Affordable Care Act (access required)

The Affordable Care Act imposes significant new reporting requirements on Idaho employers, and unless they prepare now, they will be hard pressed to satisfy the January 2016 deadline. The IRS recently finalized the forms and instructions employers will use to ...

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Startup success comes in all shapes and sizes (access required)

If television offered an accurate window into reality, you’d likely think the world was populated by only unbelievably attractive people. Kim Kardashian and Ryan Gosling doppelgangers everywhere. NYPD homicide detectives who could easily moonlight as fashion models, criminals who despite ...

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Immunize your organization against HIPAA flu

In December 2013, the Office of Civil Rights of the Federal Department of Health and Human Services, the agency charged with enforcing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (commonly known as HIPAA), imposed a $150,000 penalty for ...

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