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Affordable housing improves lives and bolsters the economy in Blaine County

It is tempting to view affordable housing as a drain on economic resources – as just another handout.  In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.  Residents of affordable housing in Blaine County are hard-working, vital members of the ...

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EEOC issues enforcement guidance addressing pregnancy-related disabilities

The July 14 enforcement guidance on the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) represents the EEOC’s first effort to substantially update its position on this prohibited form of discrimination since 1983. The guidance is available on the EEOC’s website at www.eeoc.gov. Idaho ...

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Prescription drug benefits are an important piece of the compensation plan

Your pharmacy benefit program has the potential to play an important role in maximizing “human capital” — the capabilities, knowledge, experience, wellness and full potential of your workforce. When used wisely, prescription drugs can substitute for a more expensive medical ...

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How to choose Web-based legal software

These days, more and more lawyers are moving to Web-based legal software because it’s convenient, provides 24/7 on-the-go-access to case-related information, and is affordable. The good news is now that cloud computing is becoming more familiar and accepted, new platforms ...

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Tenants-in-common must beware of predatory wolves

Imagine being a tenant-in-common – or TIC – owner and a consultant promises to “save your property.” Before you know it, that consultant owns 90 percent of your property. So what just happened? You’ve been hit by one of the ...

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Medical information requests can be tricky

Imagine receiving a job application from an individual who appears highly qualified for the position you seek to fill. You eagerly invite the person to interview, but you are slightly surprised when he arrives because he uses a wheelchair and ...

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Tips on choosing health insurance for employees

If you have full-time employees, you’ve probably faced the question: Which health plan should I offer? Navigating the ins and outs of choosing a health plan can seem time-consuming, confusing, and frustrating. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be. Simplify the ...

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The power of a good question

An employee walks into your office with a problem. He outlines the challenges and obstacles he is facing on his project and asks for your advice. If you are like most managers, your first impulse is to offer a solution. ...

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Cyber security: ugly gorillas and the fiduciary board

The frequency of cyber breaches, the reputational and financial effects of breaches, and their prevalence have become manifest. As I write this column, the front page of the Wall Street Journal is dominated by a mock FBI poster: “Wanted: Conspiring ...

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