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Ageism not the remedy to attorney overpopulation

It has become a maxim that there are too many lawyers and that there is ongoing softness in demand for legal services. (Parenthetically, I disagree; there is, in fact, a dislocation between the supply and the demand for specific legal ...

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Take time with four ‘standard’ contract terms (access required)

No one doubts the adage “time is money,” particularly in bringing construction projects on-line on time and on budget. Spend any time within spitting distance of a project and you’ll instantly feel the vibe; the crush of time pressures affects ...

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Fire safety could be a selling point for homes

With snow in the mountains and Treasure Valley temperatures in the soggy range, mid-winter is a down time of sorts for firefighters. But the spring construction season is a good time to start preparing for fires. If the past is ...

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Parking proposal offers a new option for developers

From reading recent stories and a column in the Idaho Business Review, there appears to be a misunderstanding regarding the parking requirements included in a proposed amendment to the Boise City Development Code. Without debating the merits of the proposal, ...

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Trader Joe’s means more than groceries

I’m not a fan of crowded grocery stores. So there’s only one thing could entice me to brave the madness of an event like the Feb. 28 opening day at Idaho’s first Trader Joe’s: marcona almonds. But, of course, almonds ...

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Most sales of primary residences are tax-free (access required)

Q: Now that the Idaho real estate market has recovered a bit, we are considering selling our home and buying a bigger house for our growing family. One friend told me I don’t have to pay any tax on the ...

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Employers should start now to prepare for health care reform

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 (often referred to as health care reform), many Idaho employers slammed the brakes ...

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Protect your businesses from a Target-type breach Part II

This is the second of a two-part column aimed at helping businesses understand how they can shore up their security when accepting credit/debit card payments. Previously I shared the basics of a credit card breach, the liabilities you may face ...

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Let’s increase teen unemployment

Raising Idaho’s minimum-wage rate, as Senate Bill 1334 calls for, would have an immediate effect: It would start killing off jobs for teens and those second and third wage-earners helping to support their families. That is if you choose to ...

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