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It pays to understand why employees don’t show up

Do you know how much employee absences are costing you? In the U.S., the average employer cost is 8.7 percent of payroll. This is the second-highest benefit cost to employers after medical benefits. If workers don’t show up, you can’t ...

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Weighing whether to fight unemployment claims

There are a lot of misconceptions regarding unemployment claims filed by ex-employees, and this month I’ll try to shed some light on them to help answer the oft-repeated question: “Should we fight an unemployment claim?” A recent decision by the ...

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Think twice before sending that text (access required)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie learned the lesson the hard way: Be careful what you and your employees put in electronic writing, because it could come back to haunt you. Even the least savvy manager out there knows that memos ...

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Effective feedback can foster business growth

Can I give you some feedback? It’s ironic how this well-intentioned question almost universally stirs up resistance. Anticipating a negative statement, we find our defense mechanisms triggered. And yet, to continue to grow and create the environment of a learning ...

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How to prioritize

A frequent refrain from harried lawyers is, “I’m so overwhelmed that I just don’t have time to take care of myself.” Do you feel the same way? If so, do you think you are providing your clients with the best ...

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Minimize your risk with document preservation

Businesses that have been sued or anticipate being sued face many challenges. One is the preservation of all relevant documents. Idaho courts can impose monetary sanctions, throw out defenses and even rule against a party on its entire case when ...

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An untied shoelace leads to a worker’s comp claim

The Idaho Supreme Court recently affirmed the Idaho Industrial Commission’s determination that Michael Vawter, a former delivery driver for United Parcel Service (UPS), was entitled to worker’s compensation benefits when he injured his back while tying his boots at work. ...

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