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Welcome to middle age, Facebook

If you use Facebook, you’ve been through the birthday avalanche. All 837 of your friends get reminded that it’s your birthday and, Poof! At least 835 of them send you a greeting. I do. I feel obligated once I’m reminded ...

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Employers: Start now on preparing for ACA 2015 deadline

Last July, when the Obama administration announced the one-year delay, until Jan. 1, 2015, in imposing the employer-shared-responsibility penalties of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, many Idaho employers slammed the brakes on their compliance efforts. Even though 2015 ...

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Meet GINA, the genetic-information shield

Last month, Founders Pavilion Inc. paid $370,000 to settle a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit in which Founders Pavilion requested family medical history on pre-employment medical exams of applicants. Since the enactment of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act in ...

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Yes, you do have to pay tax on those Amazon purchases (access required)

Q: I noticed the Idaho tax forms have a line for “Sales/Use tax due on nontaxed purchases (Internet, mail order, and other).” I am not sure how this applies to me and I never heard of “use tax.” Can you ...

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Update your privacy policy or face a $2,500 fine per violation

From the NSA and Google Glass to Snapchat and Target’s massive data breach, it’s no wonder privacy was named the word of the year for 2013 and is poised to be one of the top legal issues of 2014. Leading ...

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Employers can effect change in health care market

While health care providers are in the process of vigorous consolidation in response to the Affordable Care Act’s provisions, business owners should consider doing some consolidating of efforts to keep health insurance costs down. Government regulations, fines and penalties, requirements ...

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Lessons in handling online complaints

Bruce Rinehart was fuming. His Oklahoma City restaurant, Rococo, suddenly had a stinging negative review on Urban Spoon, an online restaurant guide that aggregates reviews from professional critics, bloggers and diners. No restaurateur wants an unhappy customer airing grievances in ...

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HSAs drive greater employee health engagement (access required)

Happy belated birthday, health savings accounts! On Dec. 8, 2003, President George W. Bush signed the Medicare Modernization Act into law, which included not only the expansion of Medicare Part D for prescription drugs, but also the introduction of health ...

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Safety, the foundation of every successful business

Successful business owners have long known effective safety management systems must be woven into the fabric of an organization, becoming part of the culture and part of the way that people do their jobs. Safety management should be an integrated ...

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