When it comes to checking the background of a prospective employee, should small to medium-sized businesses: (a.) Even bother? (b.) Do it themselves? (c.) Hire a professional to do it?Read More »
New investment tax hits real estate businesses
The new federal Net Investment Income Tax became effective in 2013, making this the first year that we are seeing its effects on tax returns.
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Council makes push to recertify existing LEED buildings
A 284,000-square-foot Minnesota building is the first in state to earn a recertification of the existing-building designation from the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council.
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How to prevent a subcontractor security breach
Investigations into Minneapolis-based Target Corp.’s massive data breach are ongoing, but a recent report by security reporter Brian Krebs highlights the potential role of one of the retailer’s subcontractors, Fazio Mechanical Services, an HVAC company that provides heating and ventilation services.Read More »
Put cultural bias aside for safety
In February 2011, the company I work for, Seattle-based DeaMor, experienced the first serious accident in its 27-year history.
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Lawsuit could affect sub bids for Vikings stadium
A lawsuit pending before the Minnesota Supreme Court that challenges the constitutionality of the planned bond sale for the Vikings stadium project could affect remaining subcontractor bids for the $975 million project, according to the chairwoman of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority.
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Employers revising health plans to avoid ‘Cadillac Tax’
While most of the attention on the Obama administration’s health care law has been on health insurance exchanges and Medicaid expansion, employer-sponsored health plans also are beginning to slowly feel the effects.Read More »
Residential construction took off in November
November was the largest single month for housing starts nationally since February 2008, according to a report released by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Low bidder emerges for St. Croix Crossing work in Wis.
A Fennimore company is the apparent low bidder to build the first section of approach work on the Wisconsin side of the river for the estimated $626 million St. Croix Crossing.Read More »
Employers face liability when other employers discriminate
Can an employer be held liable for acts of employment discrimination carried out by another employer? The quick, lawyerly answer is ... it depends.
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