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Health care reform, Idaho’s physician shortage and telemedicine

As has been widely published, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has had a significant impact on Idaho’s health care and health insurance industries. Rising health care costs, increased insurance premiums and decreasing access to care have all ...

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Tracking employees via GPS may generate TMI

There are a lot of good reasons why employers might want to track company vehicles through a GPS monitoring device – from managing logistics and efficiency, to enforcing compliance with company policies and procedures, to ensuring employees’ safety. However, where ...

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Accomplish your marketing goals without breaking the bank (access required)

Few firms have the luxury of an unlimited marketing budget — especially small firms, and especially now. But even if you don’t have the budget to support your ultimate wish list, there are inexpensive ways to ensure you can still ...

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Retirement planning for the self-employed

One of the biggest concerns I hear from my clients is their fear that they will “outlive their money.” Everyone has seen the advertisements and web sites offering to calculate how much money you need to save to be able ...

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Tech tips for the traveling lawyer

I travel — a lot. So I figured I’d pass along some of my favorite technology tools and apps for those of you who also spend a lot of time on the road. First and foremost, invest in a powerful, ...

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Begin your writing process with a summary

I’ve been working to help a client streamline multiple policy documents into one handbook. The task is enormous. For years no one was responsible for monitoring information, ensuring it was fresh and relevant, or removing outdated items. Instead, once a ...

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New Idaho alcohol sampling law is good for business (access required)

Idaho is on track to capitalize on alcoholic beverages, the second largest beverage category in the United States. With almost $200 billion in retail sales in the United States in 2012, the alcoholic beverage market presents both revenue and job ...

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College debt is the elephant in the room

College debt accumulated by recent graduates is continuing to affect those graduates and the economy. Graduates are living in the basements of their parents’ homes with debt loads in excess of $50,000. These are not medical students, but rather graduates ...

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In search of more skilled workers

Hundreds of apprentices participated in graduation ceremonies this past spring. For many it was the end of a very long journey. They represent the last of a crop of workers who boldly entered the construction industry at its lowest point. ...

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