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Help from outside is a must for construction firms today (access required)

Because the construction business has gotten more and more complicated, reliance on outside professionals has become an unavoidable cost. For many businesses, hiring professionals is the last thing on the wish list because of concerns about unpredictable cost, uncertain outcomes ...

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Medicaid redesign is important for Idaho’s businesses (access required)

For the fourth year in a row, it appears that the Idaho legislature will be asked to address very difficult issues relating the Affordable Care Act and the ACA’s effect on health care and health insurance in Idaho. In 2012 ...

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Supervisors need to know the employment law basics too (access required)

While employers are quick to train their office managers and human resource personnel on key employment law concepts, they frequently overlook the importance of training those on the front line — their supervisors — on employment law basics. This mistake ...

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With so much at stake, it pays to pay attention (access required)

Chances are Mark Twain did not have the Idaho Legislature in mind when he reportedly said, “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” Yet lying underneath the humorist’s axiom is this kernel of ...

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Negotiation skills can be taught (access required)

Are good negotiators born or made? When I discuss this question with students, their answers are generally split. Many of the students I talk to believe that good negotiating is an inherent trait or ability, tied to a person’s personality. ...

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Market predictions from the Ada County Association of Realtors (access required)

As we move into the new year, we welcome more positive predictions for the housing market. After years of slow and steady recovery, in 2014 the U.S. economy saw its best year since the 2008 recession. With the economy continuing ...

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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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