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Tip pools present perils for restaurants in US (access required)

Restaurants and other service industry businesses could have to defend against lawsuits if they aren’t properly distributing and reporting the tips their employees earn. At the very least, these business owners may also be missing out on a tax break. ...

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Idaho may lose $27M from ‘inappropriate’ transfers

State Treasurer Ron Crane’s office made inappropriate transfers that cost taxpayers $10.2 million, but the hit to public funds could rise to $27 million, according to an audit that concluded Idaho’s money manager overrode internal controls meant to contain financial ...

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Health care call center lawsuit alleges unpaid OT

Customer service workers at a call center for insurance exchanges established under the federal health care overhaul have sued their employer in federal court, saying they were forced to work unpaid overtime. The nine workers at a Boise facility who ...

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Private prison workers sue CCA over safety issues

Three current workers and one former worker at Idaho’s largest private prison are suing Corrections Corporation of America in state court over what they say is a dangerous work environment. Mark Eixenberger, Mandi Bravo, Mario Vasquez and Leonard King filed ...

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Federal judge: St. Luke’s violated antitrust law

A federal judge says a Boise-area hospital violated federal antitrust laws when it purchased Idaho’s largest independent physicians’ practice. U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill made the ruling Jan. 24, ordering St. Luke’s Health System to undo its buyout of ...

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State budget writers approve prison takeover hires

Legislative budget writers have approved $1.9 million in spending to hire 90 prison guards and workers for Idaho’s takeover of the privately managed Idaho Correctional Center. The Nashville, Tenn.-based Corrections Corporation of America has operated Idaho’s largest prison since it ...

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Federal judges get long-awaited raises (access required)

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All federal judges have received a long-awaited 14 percent pay raise, as years of catch-up cost-of-living adjustments were added to their paychecks, according to Bloomberg News. The chief justice is being paid $255,500, up from $223,500, according to the report, ...

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Supreme Court hears severance pay case (access required)

Is a severance package a form of employment income, or does it constitute a supplemental unemployment benefit? The answer makes a big difference when it comes to income taxes, and it’s now up to the justices of the U.S. Supreme ...

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House panel OKs tax rules for same-sex couples

Same-sex couples legally married in other states but living in Idaho must file state income taxes separately, the House Revenue and Taxation Committee said Jan. 14. The House Revenue and Taxation Committee made the decision Jan. 14, over objections this ...

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