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Transgender ruling could open door to gay bias claims (access required)

A recent Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruling could lead to bias claims from more transgendered and gay workers under Title VII . “This decision has confirmed the trend that we have seen in the courts, which is that there is ...

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Retirees battle Idaho use tax on firefighting plane business (access required)

Mike Walker and his wife sold their Wyoming business and barely had a chance to start enjoying retirement when they got a serious case of sticker shock. The Walkers, and their former company Spur Aviation Services, were hit with a ...

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Mediation ordered in Idaho execution policy suit

A federal judge has ordered mediation talks between Idaho prison officials and more than a dozen news organizations that are challenging a policy that limits public access to lethal injection executions. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge handed down the ...

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Social media privacy bill advances in California (access required)

Employers would be prohibited from asking employees and job applicants for their Facebook passwords under a bill in the California legislature. Assemblywoman Nora Campos, D-San Jose, introduced the bill in February. “I am proud to have received this overwhelming show ...

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State, federal laws govern animals in the workplace (access required)

The information clerk and receptionist don’t work weekends at Bonner General, so Tricia Bellah and her service dog, Indy, fill in for them. The two greet visitors, give directions, and deliver flowers to patients. Under the 1990 Americans with Disabilities ...

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Idaho prison lawsuit agreement could cost $1.6 million

Lawmakers will have to approve more than $1.6 million in staffing increases and other costs for the Idaho Department of Correction under an agreement designed to bring a decades-old lawsuit over conditions at a Boise-area prison to an end. Idaho ...

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Would-be Tamarack buyer faces second lawsuit from a federal agency (access required)

The U.S. Department of Labor is suing Matthew Hutcheson for allegedly taking more than $3.2 million from retirement plans he oversaw in an unsuccessful effort to buy the failed Tamarack Resort. Hutcheson, a retirement advisor from Eagle, faces four counts ...

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Corizon counters Idaho prison health care report

The national prison health care company Corizon says a scathing court-ordered report on the care provide at an Idaho prison is full of errors and that a review they commissioned themselves proves it. But a close review of both reports ...

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Cascade, Donnelly take up issue of taxing visitors (access required)

Residents of Cascade and Donnelly go to polls next week with the opportunity to raise their sales tax and motel bed tax. Under Idaho law, only small towns that cater to out-of-towners are allowed to impose these local option taxes. ...

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