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As pet status rises in households, Idaho bar prepares its members (access required)

Animal law is typically a low-paying specialty, the domain of lawyers willing to trade their time to help an animal. But as pets take on a larger role in the household, and in the share of the household budget, the ...

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Social media pros are in high demand (access required)

Megan Stoll got into social media management while “tirelessly trying to find full-time work” during the Great Recession. “I knew I was good at it and it didn’t interrupt my search for a more permanent position somewhere, so it made ...

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Home offices are hot in Boise (access required)

The home office has become a must-have feature for Ada County homebuyers, local real estate agents say, as people with out-of-the area jobs move to Boise for its open spaces and safe schools. “They’re getting out of the big city, ...

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Programs aim to steer women into male-dominated fields (access required)

It’s a good time to be a woman in business. Between 1997 and 2013, the number of women-owned businesses in the United States increased by 59 percent while the overall number of businesses increased by 41 percent, according to American ...

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Businesses can influence outcomes with evidence-based design (access required)

It started in health care facilities and is slowly making its way into other public spaces. It’s called evidence-based design, and unlike some of the other acronyms that emerge from a hospital setting, EBD is something people might want to ...

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Proposed law would bring about Internet sales tax, but not in Idaho (access required)

Legislation headed for the U.S. House Judiciary Committee would help some states collect sales tax from online retailers, but Idaho doesn’t qualify to take advantage of the act’s provisions. The Marketplace Fairness Act, which passed the Senate last year, would ...

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Advisers wary of ACA exchange dumping (access required)

As businesses brace for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act employer requirement that takes effect in 2015, some are looking for ways to curb costs brought on by the sweeping changes. Starting next year, companies with 50 or more ...

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Americans converting to Roth IRAs (access required)

Americans are increasingly moving income out of their traditional individual retirement accounts into Roth IRAs, seeing an advantage in tax savings. Fidelity Investments reports the number of people who converted traditional IRAs into Roth IRAs rose 7 percent during the ...

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A new year, a new set of rules and deadlines for Obamacare (access required)

What’s a surefire way to stop business owners in their tracks? Throw a whopping dose of uncertainty in their path. They’ll be more likely to hold off on capital investments, freeze hiring and just generally operate in panic mode. In ...

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Big projects drive Idaho construction job gains in 2013 (access required)

Idaho construction employment was a mixed bag in 2013 for Idaho metro areas, though the industry picked up 1,300 jobs statewide between November 2012 and November 2013, according to data released by the Associated General Contractors of America. More than ...

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