Navigating Idaho’s new overtime rule

Audra Kershner works at Girls Scouts of Silver Sage Council in Boise as a volunteer development manager — the same as coworker Megan Schuelke, right. Most employees at the office will change how they conduct their day with the new labor rule that requires employers to pay people overtime if their salary is less than about $47,500 a year. Kershner says the changes will be a good thing for her and others overall, but it will take some adjusting. Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

The Girl Scouts may not be an obvious poster child for the national push to pay workers a living wage. But locally, the Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council is one of many employers that must change how they operate to avoid breaking a law that protects employees from being overworked and underpaid.

How to talk to your kids about college costs

In this Oct. 28, 2015, file photo, students walk across the Quad on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana, Ill. College tuition may be daunting, but so are the conversations about how to pay for it. Experts say it pays off for parents talk with children early and often about how to cover higher education costs. (Heather Coit/The News-Gazette via AP)

College tuition may be daunting, but so are the conversations about how to pay for it.

Why it matters: Jobs a key issue in election

This file photo combo of file images shows U.S. presidential candidates Donald Trump, left, and Hillary Clinton. Trump wants to spur more job creation by reducing regulations and cutting taxes to encourage businesses to expand and hire more.
He also says badly negotiated free trade agreements have cost millions of manufacturing jobs. He promises to bring those jobs back by renegotiating the NAFTA agreement with Canada and Mexico, withdrawing from a proposed Pacific trade pact with 11 other nations, and pushing China to let its currency float freely on international markets.
Clinton has promised to spend $275 billion upgrading roads, tunnels and modern infrastructure such as broadband Internet, to create more construction and engineering jobs. Trump has said in interviews he would spend twice as much. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, Chuck Burton, File)

WASHINGTON — Tepid income growth and shrinking opportunities for blue-collar workers have kept many Americans anxious about jobs and the economy, seven years after the Great Recession ended.

Beware of the overpayment scam

John Seabold’s nightmare started with a text message from a supposed customer. As the owner of JLS Painting, Seabold is used to receiving requests for work via calls, text and email. This time, the person was looking for a paint job on a home they were buying in Idaho.

Gymnasts on the bus go round and round

Payson Plocher and Aaron Kelly attempt to swing on the Fun on Wheels bus while coach Mallory Haskett helps Paige Behm kick her feet up in the air at Watersprings Preschool on Wednesday. Haskett taught the kids about Egypt at the beginning of the class, and incorporated what they learned into the moves they were doing. For example, Kelly was swinging over the “Nile River.” Taylor Carpenter /

Longtime gymnastics enthusiasts Kira and Tyler Martin have found a new way to reach budding gymnasts.


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