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Dust off your whistleblower program

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) publishes its Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse on a bi-annual basis.  The most recent study was published last month and covered the period from January 2012 through the end ...

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What general counsel really think about marketing

I recently attended the Legal Marketing Association’s Annual Conference — always a great learning experience, and especially nice because it allows me to spend time with people who do what I do. Of the many informative seminars I attended, there ...

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Employee activism and social media

Your employees are talking about you. Whether they say good or bad things, they’re not just saying them to their friends. They often broadcast their thoughts, experiences and feelings through Twitter, Facebook or social media sites designed to tell the ...

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The NLRA: It’s not just for unionized workers

You’re a non-union employer in a “Right to Work” state with at-will employees. You should be able to discipline your employees and institute company policies without concern for the National Labor Relations Board, or NLRB, right? The NLRB enforces the ...

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It’s time for immigration reform

It’s the end of the school year and summer is upon us. Young people are applying for summer jobs. New graduates are planning their futures. It is a time usually marked by hope and optimism. But for too many immigrant ...

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General Motors’ cautionary tale for corporate counsel

As a result of the recent General Motors internal investigation of ignition switch recalls, three in-house lawyers are among the 15 GM employees who lost their jobs. The 325-page report submitted to the board of directors by Anton Valukas chronicles ...

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Just because you can do it doesn’t mean you should

Things were pretty quiet when I stopped by the state Department of Employment this week to see how a recruiting fair for an Alaska seafood company was going. In the room set aside for Icicle Seafoods, Inc., there were just ...

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Employers, it’s time to determine same-sex spouse benefits

Both supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage in Idaho are on hold after the United States District Court for the District of Idaho’s decision invalidating Idaho’s same-sex marriage ban was delayed pending appeal to the United States Court of Appeals ...

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Construction retainage requirements under Idaho law

Virtually everyone involved in the construction industry is familiar with the term “retainage.” However, very few folks within this industry are aware that there are certain rules governing retainage that are dictated by Idaho law. On most construction projects general ...

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