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The best response to negative online reviews

In a 2013 survey by Deloitte, companies said that reputation is the greatest online risk to their businesses. This makes sense as a company’s online reputation drives consumer sales. For example, 85 percent of consumers now rely on review sites ...

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The ins and outs of contracting with the state of Idaho

Some recent events in Idaho state courts have caused me to reflect on advice to clients regarding competing for state contracts. Although my admitted bias is to encourage companies to consult legal counsel before engaging in the competitive bidding process, ...

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Workplace battle lines are being challenged by NLRB

There are probably a few things that employers can feel fairly confident about when it comes to managing the workplace. They can set working hours, hold employees to certain standards, establish pay scales and prevent employees from using the work ...

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Cheerleaders have wage claims, yes they do

Earlier this year, a former “Raiderette” – the official name of an Oakland Raiders cheerleader – filed a lawsuit against the NFL team, alleging wage and hour violations. Several other cheerleading squads followed their lead. Several “Ben-Gals,” the cheerleaders for ...

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Why a six-figure paycheck isn’t enough

I recently finished reading about young Wall Street workers in Kevin Roose’s new book, Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street’s Post-Crash Recruits. Roose is a millennial himself who, while working at the New York Times, started interviewing ...

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A business education for a changing world

Millennials, a group entering the workforce after a hard lesson in recession economics, look for jobs and projects that have meaning, not just a paycheck. Four Boise-based ones who have started a new business with help from the Venture College ...

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Employee engagement is the new black

Business management principles have their trends. It may be a new take on leadership, how to manage your time, build collaborative teams or be more innovative. People tell us the latest and greatest concepts on how we could better manage ...

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New rule changes affect federal contractors (access required)

Recent changes to the regulations that govern affirmative action plans (AAPs) for veterans and individuals with disabilities (IWDs) have many federal contractors scrambling to update their AAPs. While most of the changes pertaining to AAPs can be phased in at ...

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On age, globalization, technology, and the bar

The baby boom generation is considered to be those individuals born between 1945 and 1963.  Some people stretch it to 1965, but the decline in the birth rate began in 1963. This 18-year generation has had a tremendous impact on ...

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