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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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Social media for lawyers: Think of it as a nonstop cocktail party

Want to party 24/7? Social media perplexes many lawyers and law firms. They know they need to move in that direction, but the “how” escapes them. The way to succeed with social media is to embrace the simple but effective ...

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Energy incentives and energy codes

On Jan. 1, Idaho adopted the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code, the most current and most stringent code applicable to renovation and new construction for commercial construction. This brings Idaho in line with states such as Washington, Oregon, California, Massachusetts ...

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Tax changes in store for 2014

Idaho income tax law generally conforms to federal income tax law. In fact, one of the first items on the Idaho Legislature’s agenda when they convene in January is the annual conformity bill. But conformity doesn’t mean that preparing an ...

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Oil and gas investments come with specific tax ramifications (access required)

Q: I have a friend who swears by his investments in oil and gas. He is trying to get me to invest also, but to be honest I really don’t understand this business. I’ve always heard I should not invest ...

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