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Northwest coalition works to create safety guide (access required)

Sheet metal workers, plumbers and pipe fitters have some of the highest injury rates in the building industry, and McKinstry has spearheaded a coalition to do something about it. McKinstry, a Seattle-based mechanical contractor with an office in Portland, has ...

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Workplace culture can play a big role in hiring (access required)

Organizations known for having a good company culture say it’s important to focus on and value employees because that made them more productive and more likely to stay with the company, reducing the expense and inefficiency of employee turnover. “People ...

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Idaho’s noncompete law bucks a national trend (access required)

It’s too soon to tell what effect a recent change in Idaho’s noncompete law will have, but detractors worry it will make Idaho less competitive in the entrepreneurial marketplace. The bill, H0487, was passed this spring by the Idaho Legislature ...

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With digital records, HR departments can collect valuable data (access required)

While human resources departments traditionally run on paper – from job applications to timesheets – increasingly, companies are considering solutions that let them store the information electronically. Nationwide and worldwide consulting firms have encouraged corporations to replace paper-based human resources ...

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A wake-up call for tired office spaces (access required)

As projects to create creative office space continue to abound in Portland, interior design has branched out. Spaces increasingly have more fun amenities and ambiences more like a home than a workplace. The current market for interior office design “isn’t ...

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Workers are key to preventing cyber attacks

As high profile cyber attacks make headlines and spur legislation in Congress, smaller ones are spurring IT officers to work more closely with employees, who are seen as the first line of defense in deterring hackers. Employees are often tricked ...

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The right technology can keep lawyers one step ahead (access required)

When it comes to law-office technology, there are the must-haves, the don’t-needs and the wish lists. “It’s easy to fall into the trap of seeing something flashy and imagining how it’s going to make your firm more efficient,” said Michael ...

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Law firms and upcoming changes to overtime rules

New federal overtime rules may affect law firms more in the advice they give than in any changes they make to their own operations. New guidelines from the U.S. Department of Labor effective in Decem­ber will push the minimum salary ...

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