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What employers need to know about the 90-day healthcare waiting period

In February of this year, federal regulators issued joint guidance providing details on the new Affordable Care Act requirement limiting waiting periods for employer health plans to 90 days, known as the 90-day rule. We have become aware of some ...

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A great degree if you can get it

It’s not often I hear the media praised for prompting positive change. But this week it happened when I talked to Amy Moll, the dean of the College of Engineering at Boise State University, about the rising number of tech ...

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Beware bargain shopping bankruptcies

Bankruptcy cases can provide valuable opportunities for bargain shopping. Because the Bankruptcy Code includes an array of tools designed to encourage and facilitate distressed asset sales, vigilant buyers may be able to obtain property more quickly – and at lower ...

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Protect business value by investing in employees’ futures

One of a business’s most valuable assets is its people. The single most important factor giving rise to a company’s higher value, other than increasing cash flow, is the existence of a stable, motivated management team that will remain in ...

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Benefits and risks of non-compete agreements

Has an employer ever asked you to sign a “non-compete agreement” or a “covenant not to compete?” Employers sometimes ask employees to sign such documents to prevent the employee from working for competitors upon termination of employment. Are they legal? ...

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A timing change whose time has come

More fulltime-working women are participating in competitive golf and the Idaho Golf Association is accommodating that trend. For the first time ever, the IGA’s premier women’s event — the State Amateur — will be played on the weekend this summer. ...

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How much did that meeting just cost? (access required)

In the average organization, meetings cost hundreds of thousands of dollars a year when you calculate the hourly rate of each individual sitting around the table. Meetings also contribute to poor morale when they’re not run well. If one meeting ...

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Idaho Legislature adopts new restrictions on HOA fines

The Idaho Legislature recently adopted Senate Bill 1310 that places new limits on fines issued by property owners’ associations. The stated purpose of the new law, which will become Idaho Code Section 55-115, is to place “reasonable requirements” on owners’ ...

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A tale of two machines (access required)

Finding the machinery to increase production at Usful Glassworks has been an odyssey for Executive Director Carlyn Blake. The complex journey began last year, when Blake started looking for a machine that would help her raise her company’s daily production ...

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Medicare change is bad for business

Senior citizens and people with disabilities in Idaho will soon face significant changes to the way they access home care and services related to their medical equipment. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has made plans to expand ...

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