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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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Religious attire, grooming subject of new EEOC workplace guidance

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued two guidance documents that highlight employers’ obligations under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to make accommodations for dress and grooming practices motivated by employees’ religious beliefs. The EEOC ...

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Young workers come with their own rules and regs

Adding young people to your employment mix in the summer can add a lot of energy and new ideas to your workforce. But it’s also important to remember that young employees also come with unique wage and hour rules and ...

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States expand protections for pregnant workers

Thirty-six years ago, Congress passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which made it unlawful to discriminate based on pregnancy when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, or pay. However, the PDA does not require employers to make ...

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A new perspective on older workers

My mother worked as a nurse for two decades and retired in Phoenix about two years ago, with no intention of ever working again. Her brother, my uncle, worked for a phone company in New Jersey for 30 years, left ...

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Family-owned train service offers a ride for your raft

Riding a train up into the mountains, only to float the rapids down it: Yes, that’s exactly what I did recently in the mountains north of Boise. I was aboard for the Payette River Flyer’s inaugural run between Smith’s Ferry ...

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The best response to negative online reviews

In a 2013 survey by Deloitte, companies said that reputation is the greatest online risk to their businesses. This makes sense as a company’s online reputation drives consumer sales. For example, 85 percent of consumers now rely on review sites ...

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The ins and outs of contracting with the state of Idaho

Some recent events in Idaho state courts have caused me to reflect on advice to clients regarding competing for state contracts. Although my admitted bias is to encourage companies to consult legal counsel before engaging in the competitive bidding process, ...

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