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Assessing OT policies in anticipation of FLSA overhaul (access required)

In-house counsel and management-side employment attorneys should prepare their clients now for upcoming revisions to the Federal Labor Standards Act, which could take effect by the end of next year and result in mandatory overtime payments to millions of salaried ...

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Steer away from liability with a cell phone driving policy (access required)

Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD, programs allow employees to use personal cell phones for work-related purposes. Through BYOD programs, employers only purchase cell phone plans instead of cell phones. According to researchers, BYOD programs are beneficial to employers because ...

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A well-crafted employee handbook can make work run more smoothly (access required)

Betsy, the human resource manager, had a policy that all job postings must be on the company Intranet for five days.  Bill was upset that he missed the opportunity to seek the finance job because it was posted for three ...

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Talking Tax: Deducting the expenses on your Maserati

Q: I am in my car for business purposes a lot, but I have always been confused about what I can and can’t deduct on my tax return. Can you offer any guidance? A: Taxpayers are all over the board ...

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How to reduce the risk of discrimination (access required)

By now, Boise businesses are aware of the city’s discrimination ordinance making it unlawful to consider sexual orientation and gender identity/expression in any aspect of employment, from hiring to termination. The ordinance was enacted to promote equal employment opportunities to ...

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Risky business doesn’t pay off here (access required)

When it comes to planning for a business transition, many business owners fail to implement value enhancement strategies that can achieve a desirable exit, whether it’s a third party sale or a transfer to a new generation of family or ...

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NLRB v. Noel Canning – Another setback for the NLRB (access required)

The U.S. Supreme Court recently slapped President Obama’s hand, so to speak. In NLRB v. Noel Canning, the court held that Obama’s three “recess appointments” to serve as members on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in 2012 were unconstitutional, ...

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Marketing is everything, but timing helps (access required)

Ladd Family Pharmacy got its start at the most inauspicious of times. It was August 2008. The construction industry crisis was well underway. The financial services firm Lehman Brothers was about to file for the largest bankruptcy in history. But ...

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A $6.5 billion loss that may be worth it (access required)

As the pre-season heats up, so do the fantasy football rosters of millions of Americans. A new survey says it creates a distraction in the workplace, possibly costing U.S. employers a collective $6.5 billion dollars in lost productivity. But, they ...

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Don’t fear swimming with the sharks (access required)

For better or worse (duh-dum), the non-human creature most often associated with attorneys (duh-dum … duh-dum) is that decidedly menacing, vicious aquatic predator known as (duh-dum, duh-dum, duh-dum, DUH-DUM, DUH-DUM) — well, you know. Voltaire Cousteau, apparently an ancestor of ...

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