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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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Summer associates, you have a lot to learn (access required)

Summertime is the season of the summer law clerk. I had the good fortune to spend my law school summers with two different law firms (this was pre-Great Recession). And June is the right time of year to chat about ...

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Responding to employee requests for accommodation (access required)

Having been on the books for nearly a quarter-century, the Americans With Disabilities Act is well known to employers and employees alike. Virtually all are aware that employers have a legal obligation to provide a reasonable accommodation (that is, some ...

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Blend technology, goals for employee surveys (access required)

Even when positions in a legal firm are often highly sought after, simply filling every available office chair shouldn’t be the endpoint for recruiting and retention. Employee engagement is a significant part of keeping those seats occupied by passionate, productive ...

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Don’t let your business get stuck in a stall (access required)

The lifecycle of a business generally has three marked phases: the introductory phase, the growth phase, and then (after reaching the peak of growth), a phase of decline. Over the years, I have seen way too many businesses get stuck ...

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King v. Burwell: Obamacare survives another challenge

Idaho’s business community is certainly familiar with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), sometimes referred to, often derisively, as “Obamacare.” With the United State Supreme Court’s decision June 25 in the case of King v. Burwell, the ACA again survives a ...

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Health care quality is a business issue

Five years after the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, it is clear that the Act has had a major impact on Idaho’s businesses, including Idaho’s health care and health insurance industries. For example, the Act forced ...

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