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Obamacare accommodates nursing mothers in the workplace (access required)

Employers have devoted much of their attention to the insurance mandate portion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but there are other requirements that also affect the workplace. For example, did you know that companies are required to ...

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Idaho workers’ comp rates down for 2014 (access required)

The base rates for Idaho workers’ compensation insurance are down .9 percent overall for 2014, although rates for individual industries may be up, according to a workers’ compensation filing from the National Council on Compensation Insurance. NCCI is the governing ...

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House Speaker says more tax cuts could be coming, but not road funding (access required)

Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, said he thinks there will be calls from lawmakers and Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter for more tax cuts in the legislative session. He said one potential cut could be to reduce Idaho’s personal and ...

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Site selector: Cities need to focus on specific industries to land companies (access required)

Idaho economic development officials trying to attract new businesses will see more manufacturing companies considering the United States over China, says a site selector for Deloitte Consulting LLP. Josh Timberlake, who spoke at the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho conference in ...

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Report: Tax Commission should improve awareness of taxpayer rights (access required)

The Idaho Legislature’s investigative arm recommends that the Idaho State Tax Commission improve its data collection efforts and make taxpayers more aware of their rights when dealing with the commission. The Office of Performance Evaluations was asked by lawmakers to ...

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Holiday labor law checklist for employers (access required)

The holiday shopping season is underway, ringing in the busiest time of year for many businesses. In advance of the holiday rush, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration published guidelines for retailers on how to manage ...

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Congress looks to weed out ‘patent trolls’ (access required)

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved legislation that aims to curb litigation abuse involving flimsy claims of patent violations. The growth of technology companies has been in recent years impacted by frivolous lawsuits on the part of so-called patent ...

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Otter: Not all new revenues need to be spent (access required)

The fact that more tax dollars are entering the state’s coffers doesn’t necessarily mean the state will spend more money, Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter says. Otter, speaking to the Idaho Association of General Contractors Dec. 6, repeated his pledge ...

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Commerce could cut international tourism effort (access required)

The Idaho Department of Commerce could cut its multi-state advertising effort that courts European and Australian tourists to visit Idaho. The agency will hold a meeting on the issue Dec. 9 with stakeholders, including hotel owners, outfitters and others that ...

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Group seeks to raise minimum wage to $9.80 (access required)

Organizers who are trying to raise Idaho’s wages by $2.55 an hour within four years are seeking to collect more than 53,000 signatures by mid-April. Anne Nesse, the author of the initiative and founder of the new group Raise Idaho, ...

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