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A health benefit plan can be a wolf in sheep’s clothing (access required)

Group health plans provided by employers to employees are subject to 40 years of federal regulation from ERISA, to COBRA, to HIPAA, to ACA. What many employers don’t realize is that the definition of group health plan is not limited ...

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When workers use social media to harm a former employer (access required)

The First Amendment is a wonderful thing. Perhaps you’ve never read it. In relevant part, it states: “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech.” There are certain exceptions to this Constitutional guarantee that we ...

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Common sense rules the job reference (access required)

You may have had a lawyer advise you never to tell another company anything about former employees except dates of employment, for risk of a devastating lawsuit.  When you asked why, the lawyer likely responded with some mumbo-jumbo about legal ...

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The Affordable Care Act is posing some challenges (access required)

If you run a staffing firm or use a staffing firm in your business, chances are good that compliance with the Affordable Care Act is somewhere on your list of concerns. For people running staffing firms, questions of when to ...

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Identity theft can hit businesses, too — here’s how to protect your firm (access required)

When most people think of identity theft, they tend to imagine a hacker using stolen credit card information to buy high-ticket items, or using Social Security numbers to open fraudulent accounts. But “from a criminal’s perspective, it is significantly more ...

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Idaho must invest in education and infrastructure (access required)

As our elected leaders head to Boise for the annual legislative session, they will be tasked with making a lot of important decisions. Some are not as easy as others. One of the toughest challenges they will face is where ...

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Cap rates and the Holy Grail of Investment (access required)

The year 2014 in the commercial real estate world has flown by. As I write this article, I reflect on my numerous conversations with tenants and developers who have taken an interest in our market, and the most repeated term ...

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The time may be right to dust off that estate plan (access required)

After a business succession plan is chosen, implementation may occur over many years. Meanwhile, an estate plan frequently remains securely tucked away. But that is a mistake. To ensure that an estate plan meets needs for successful transition of a ...

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A clash of titans over hydrofracking (access required)

A recent New York case, Wallach v. Town of Dryden, illustrates a deep schism in conflicting public attitudes over energy and local governments’ regulation of land use. The case involved the authority of an upstate town to prohibit “hydrofracking” by ...

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Here’s how to motivate the millennials you manage (access required)

What motivates millennials? This question puzzles many managers, who watch as their newest employees relentlessly browse social media, constantly check their cell phones, ask for a lot of direction and reassurance, and seem to be less committed to their organization ...

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