Spokane Journal of Business

Special Report

Public policy can complicate firing at-will workers

The general rule in Washington is that an employee who isn't subject to an express contract of employment can be terminated at any time, without cause. There are, however, several exceptions to that rule. The terms of an employee handbook or specific tre...

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Legal technician profession gains interest

Some Washington state attorneys and educators say their five-year effort to create a new type of legal professional known as a limited license legal technician is beginning to pay off, with some of the program's first graduates opening their own practices...

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Tax law changes expected to reduce charitable giving

As the end of tax season looms, financial experts both here and nationally are predicting provisions in the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act could change how taxpayers plan to contribute to charity this year. Most agree the changes are likely to alter taxpayer...

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New hope at the HUB Sports Center

After more than a decade with an uncertain future, the 67,000-square-foot Liberty Lake-based HUB Sports Center is on stronger financial footing than it’s ever been, contends Phil Champlin, the sport venue’s executive director. The Inland Northwest C...

Adviser: Set realistic retirement funding plan

Saving for retirement can be a daunting and intimidating task. Various formulas abound, are everywhere, and readily provided by financial planners, advisers, and websites. They allow you to plug in your information to account for your goals, time left to ...

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Financial planning for caregivers

According to the Danbury, Conn.-based National Organization for Rare Disorders, 30 million Americans—about 1 in 10—live with a rare disease, which is a disease that affects fewer than 200,000 people. There are about 7,000 known rare diseases, NORD say...

The good, bad, ugly about donating under new rules

The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act takes effect this year, and Americans are hard at work deciphering what the changes mean. One goal of the new tax law was to simplify filing for more taxpayers. Consequently, the standard deduction has nearly doubled, elimina...

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Q&A with Elaine Couture: Consumer-friendly system is a priority

Providence Health Care, the Inland Northwest’s largest provider network, has transitioned effectively with its Renton, Wash.-based parent, Providence Health & Services, which merged with Irvine, Calif.-based St. Joseph Health in 2016, says Elaine Coutur...

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Offering magnetic stimulation to treat depression

Operators of a startup company here that uses technology to treat depression plan to open more clinics in Spokane—and in other parts of the country where what’s known as transcranial magnetic stimulation is seldom used. The young company, TMS Solutio...

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Hip, knee replacements refined at Valley Hospital

Last month, MultiCare’s Valley Hospital announced it had earned the Joint Commission’s gold seal of approval for advanced certification for total hip and total knee replacement, an evaluation that requires impartial evidence of the quality of care, tr...

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