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Standards separate the pros from the amateurs (access required)

Adherence to national standards for best practices is what separates the pros from the amateurs. Professionalism is very important to the landscape industry. When you’re hiring someone to do landscape work, it can be difficult to wade through the choices ...

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Second Circuit upholds NLRB social media ruling

On a cold January morning in 1959, seven non-union employees walked out of a Baltimore machine shop. The unheated shop was so cold, one employee claimed that an icicle had formed on the spot welder that he was operating. (“High ...

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Avoiding premises liability under Idaho’s recreational use statute (access required)

A recent Idaho Supreme Court decision offers a helpful primer on Idaho’s Recreational Use Statute for property managers and landowners who make land – or are considering doing so – available to the public for recreational purposes. The Recreational Use ...

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Facebook for lawyers (access required)

This is the second in my series about how lawyers use social media in comparison to how I think lawyers should use social media to leverage relationships and, most importantly, build friendships. Last time I talked about Twitter. This week ...

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Meeting the obligations of the Fair Housing Act (access required)

Disability discrimination is the No. 1 fair housing issue we’re asked about at the Intermountain Fair Housing Council. The council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure open and inclusive housing for all people. Most of the requests ...

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Discount landscape may change soon (access required)

Discounts can be a powerful tool for transitioning the wealth inherent in a closely held business to the next generation at a reduced transfer tax (estate and gift tax) cost. As a result, discounts are often critical elements of many ...

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Never underestimate the need for cash (access required)

Cash is king. We’ve heard the saying, but what does it really mean? Recently a friend reached out to me, asking for advice about his mother’s financial situation. His father had passed away earlier this year, and since that time, ...

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Stressed by a coworker? There is a cure. (access required)

You and a coworker may be suffering from idiopathic mutual irritation, and never know it. Idiopathic mutual irritation, or IMI, is a phenomenon I see so often in my mediation practice that I had to give it a name. “Idiopathic” ...

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Inside the minds of apartment renters (access required)

One of the keys to success in the apartment market is to understand the minds of renters. They are the lifeblood of an apartment complex, and as a result, communities must cater to their needs and desires to retain them ...

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Twitter for lawyers (access required)

Let’s break down the phrase “social media.” Social. “Seeking or enjoying the companionship of others.” Media. This word has two relevant meanings to me. First, media refers to various information and platforms that you consume that information on. Second, it ...

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