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Finding your best outsource partner (access required)

Almost any business function can be outsourced. You may have identified marketing, payment processing, tech support, accounting, collections, social media, HR, or sales. The function you have chosen to outsource is not important. What is important is that you choose ...

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Supervisors have wealth of experience, but usually not in supervising (access required)

Properly training, supervising and developing new associates is integral to the success of a law firm. Partners are tasked with the responsibility of mentoring associates, helping them hone their legal skills, rewarding their effort (in order to retain them at ...

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The 3 top security issues your firm needs to address

Despite the tools available, security breaches are still common. Some experts believe that every company has already been breached at least once; they just don’t know about it yet. That can be terrifying for anyone trying to keep data safe, ...

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Hey, those design plans look familiar. (access required)

So, you have a set of architectural plans and are wondering just how much copyright protection is attached to them. The answer: Not much. In 1990, Congress passed the Architectural Works Copyright Protection Act, and for the last 25 years ...

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Beef up security at work with a BYOD policy (access required)

If left to their own devices to perform work for your firm, attorneys and staff could get you in a heap of trouble. That’s because of something known as BYOD. BYOD stands for “bring your own device,” such as a ...

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Workplace appearance policies: one size doesn’t always fit all (access required)

The Supreme Court recently decided a case that every employer will need to understand in order to stay on the right side of federal religious discrimination law. It ruled that retail clothing store Abercrombie & Fitch violated the law when ...

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So you have a business idea: now what?

Perhaps you have an idea that you are passionate about and really want to do something with. A better mousetrap or mobile phone app, or maybe clean safe practical working nuclear fusion. Then what? Experience teaches that almost everyone with ...

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When the wind blows in Beijing, we feel it in Boise (access required)

On the surface, Boise and Beijing seem to have little in common beyond the first letter of their names. However, when Beijing-based Tsinnghua Unigroup reportedly made a $23 billion offer for Boise’s own Micron July 13, it quickly became the ...

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Contract conflict bears a cautionary tale (access required)

In the haste to negotiate and execute contracts, and commence design and construction of real estate improvement projects, parties may lose sight of important lien priority issues. A notable Washington appellate case illustrates the risk lurking in the shadows. In ...

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It’s about more than who you know (access required)

We’ve all heard of the term ‘six degrees of separation.’  Well, in Boise this phenomenon is more like one degree.   Because of this fact, everyone knows a real estate agent or is one degree from knowing one. The next time ...

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