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Charity connections to local business expose ethical issues (access required)

A Weiser man has taken an unorthodox approach to marketing his company, but it comes with legal and ethical questions on the proper use of a charity. Dee Van Tassell, owner of Instafoods International in Boise, is selling his food ...

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Boise County voters will decide on judgment levy to raise taxes (access required)

Boise County residents will vote in May on whether the county can raise property taxes and issue a bond to finally put to bed a multi-million dollar court settlement. Idaho lawmakers approved legislation March 29 that would let the counties ...

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Employer request for Facebook passwords yields legislation, investigation (access required)

After recent reports that employers were requesting Facebook passwords from job applicants, state and federal legislators quickly responded with possible legislation. And they’ve asked for a federal investigation into the  practice. Employers like the city of Bozeman, Mont. had a ...

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Tax cut clears Idaho Senate, heads to governor’s desk

The Idaho Senate approved a $35.7 million income tax cut that would benefit businesses and high income tax filers. The tax cut, which passed the full Senate later on March 29, had languished for four weeks since passing the House ...

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Damaged crops yield $40 million verdict for farmers in Oregon court (access required)

Two farmers received a total of almost $40 million from a Portland, Ore., jury after their nursery crops, including blueberry, rhododendron and Japanese maple plants, were destroyed by a faulty fertilizer. The plaintiffs switched to a new fertilizer that was ...

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Boise County tax cap comes back, with public vote (access required)

Boise County leaders could get a reprieve from Idaho lawmakers who already dashed one plan to let them issue bonds to pay off millions in legal payments. A House panel introduced a plan that would let Boise County issue bonds, ...

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Anti-criminal hiring policies could spur bias suits (access required)

For employers, policies that forbid the hiring of convicted felons may seem like a very good, common-sense idea, especially for companies in the hospitality industry or any other trade involving frequent contact with customers. But under an initiative from the ...

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Should lawyers advertise as ‘specialists?’ (access required)

 To stand out from the crowd, lawyers in some states can advertise themselves as “specialists” in a given practice area, but they must be sure to follow state ethics rules. J. Michael Hayes, a sole practitioner in Buffalo, N.Y., encourages ...

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States immune from lawsuits over sick time, says U.S. Supreme Court (access required)

A state employee who was denied leave for his own sickness cannot sue the state for violating the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Supreme Court has ruled in a 5-4 decision. States are immune under the Eleventh Amendment from ...

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