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15 construction apps for 2015 (access required)

In January 2014, 58 percent of American adults owned a smartphone or tablet, spending an average of 2 hours, 42 minutes on their phones each day. That fact from the Pew Research Internet Project does not even take into account ...

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California weighs in on whether lawyer blogs are ads (access required)

When blogging started to become commonplace a decade ago, it wasn’t something many lawyers concerned themselves with. Eventually, lawyers began to blog and many began to wonder whether blogs constituted lawyer advertising and thus required disclaimers. Over time, a number ...

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Is using social media in a hiring decision worth the risk? (access required)

Good employees are the backbone of any strong company. Companies strive to hire employees who are professional, have good judgment, project a positive image and are otherwise aligned with the company’s culture. In an attempt to hire the best employees, ...

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New OSHA rules expand employer reporting requirements (access required)

Idaho’s economy is driven by a broad range of industries with workplace hazards that cannot be completely eliminated by even the most careful employer. Despite the unique aspects of Idaho commerce, all Idaho employers who are subject to the jurisdiction ...

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A No Further Action letter might only be a temporary reprieve (access required)

For those familiar with commercial real estate deals, it is well known that buyers and lenders want to see a No Further Action Letter when dealing with property that has suffered some sort of environmental contamination. An NFA is seen ...

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A health benefit plan can be a wolf in sheep’s clothing (access required)

Group health plans provided by employers to employees are subject to 40 years of federal regulation from ERISA, to COBRA, to HIPAA, to ACA. What many employers don’t realize is that the definition of group health plan is not limited ...

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When workers use social media to harm a former employer (access required)

The First Amendment is a wonderful thing. Perhaps you’ve never read it. In relevant part, it states: “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech.” There are certain exceptions to this Constitutional guarantee that we ...

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Common sense rules the job reference (access required)

You may have had a lawyer advise you never to tell another company anything about former employees except dates of employment, for risk of a devastating lawsuit.  When you asked why, the lawyer likely responded with some mumbo-jumbo about legal ...

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The Affordable Care Act is posing some challenges (access required)

If you run a staffing firm or use a staffing firm in your business, chances are good that compliance with the Affordable Care Act is somewhere on your list of concerns. For people running staffing firms, questions of when to ...

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Identity theft can hit businesses, too — here’s how to protect your firm (access required)

When most people think of identity theft, they tend to imagine a hacker using stolen credit card information to buy high-ticket items, or using Social Security numbers to open fraudulent accounts. But “from a criminal’s perspective, it is significantly more ...

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