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Your business is too important to leave to chance (access required)

Over the past several years, healthcare and health insurance have gained attention as businesses across Idaho navigate the new requirements of the Affordable Care Act. This fall, many people will renew their focus on healthcare coverage as Idaho makes the ...

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Immigration reform matters in Idaho (access required)

While Idaho has a relatively small foreign-born population, immigrants nonetheless have an impact on the state’s economy. Despite their small number, they already represent 7.5 percent of Idaho’s labor force, according to the Migration Policy Institute. Not only are immigrants ...

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What habits are defining your company? (access required)

Habits are regularly repeated behavioral patterns. They become our routines, our comfort zones. It’s estimated that 40 percent to 45 percent of our daily lives are habitual. These patterns of behavior are repeated so frequently and embedded so deeply that ...

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Health insurance rebates: What should employers do with the money? (access required)

Many Idaho employers recently received a refund check from their group health insurance policy. The Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare) requires health insurers to spend a stated amount of the premium they collect on paying medical claims or ...

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Assessing OT policies in anticipation of FLSA overhaul (access required)

In-house counsel and management-side employment attorneys should prepare their clients now for upcoming revisions to the Federal Labor Standards Act, which could take effect by the end of next year and result in mandatory overtime payments to millions of salaried ...

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Steer away from liability with a cell phone driving policy (access required)

Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD, programs allow employees to use personal cell phones for work-related purposes. Through BYOD programs, employers only purchase cell phone plans instead of cell phones. According to researchers, BYOD programs are beneficial to employers because ...

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A well-crafted employee handbook can make work run more smoothly (access required)

Betsy, the human resource manager, had a policy that all job postings must be on the company Intranet for five days.  Bill was upset that he missed the opportunity to seek the finance job because it was posted for three ...

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Talking Tax: Deducting the expenses on your Maserati

Q: I am in my car for business purposes a lot, but I have always been confused about what I can and can’t deduct on my tax return. Can you offer any guidance? A: Taxpayers are all over the board ...

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