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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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‘Patent Troll’ bill will protect Idaho businesses

Information technology is critical in Idaho. This week, the IT sector, and all businesses, are a step closer to being afforded much-needed relief and protection through the Legislature’s passage of SB1354 – The Bad Faith Assertions of Patent Infringement Act. ...

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Pet health care costs are rising, too

While four-legged companions may not qualify as an actual dependent under an ERISA plan, millions of Americans view their pets as actual family members. And, Americans are spending a fortune to keep them healthy. According to the American Pet Products ...

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Can an employee be worked to death?

You’ve probably heard (or even used) phrases that exaggerate a difficult situation at work: “You’re killing me over here” or “This job will be the death of me” or “I’m heading for an early grave with the work you’re piling ...

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Construction community rallies around paralyzed Kuna high school student (access required)

Boise State construction management students have taken on all types of construction projects outside the classroom before, but never one like the home remodeling they are wrapping up in Kuna. The project was renovating the family home of Boone Bertlome, ...

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Las Vegas, Spring Break, and the Family Medical Leave Act

With spring break right around the corner and flu season in full swing, a look into protected leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is in order. Why? A recent decision by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ...

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Where creativity and economic development meet

The arts and business work closely together. Both test the envelope of human creativity, intellect, energy and promise. Both seek to motivate, to produce, to achieve excellence, to grow and to unite. For many businesses, sponsorship of the arts is ...

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Online sellers may need to collect sales tax (access required)

Q: I have an online retail business. Should I be collecting sales tax from customers who live in different parts of the country? A: This is a great question and a very timely one. Just the other day one of ...

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Guidelines for retention, destruction of client files

The question of how long lawyers need to keep closed client files is a frequent source of inquiries to the Office of Bar Counsel. The questions come not only from active or retired lawyers seeking to dispose of old files, ...

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