Utah Workers’ Compensation: The Important Distinction Between Accident and Disease

January 2015 What is an industrial accident? The answer to this question is of paramount importance to both employers and injured workers in Utah. The amount of benefits available to an injured worker, and potentially owed by an employer, are directly impacted by whether an industrial injury is classified as an “industrial accident” under the Utah Workers’ Compensation Act, or an “occupational disease” under the Utah Occupational… Read more »

The New and Improved Utah LLC

RBMN For many years the limited liability company (“LLC”) has been the entity of choice for entrepreneurs and small businesses. However, in the intermountain region the Wyoming and Nevada LLCs have been widely regarded as being more business friendly and having better asset protection characteristics than the Utah LLC. With the enactment of the Utah… Read more »

Compliance with Immigration Law and the Value of an Independent Form I-9 Audit

February 2013 Over the last year, the national news has been populated with headlines addressing the fierce debate over immigration reform. Many may not realize that even before the 2012 presidential election, federal law enforcement agencies had begun paying increased attention to businesses’ compliance with immigration laws and regulations. In 2011 alone there were approximately… Read more »

The “Gang of 8” Senators Release the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013

April 2013 After months of debate, negotiations and speculation, the “Gang of 8,” made up of eight Republican and Democratic senators charged with the task of composing an immigration reform bill, has released its much-anticipated proposal. On Wednesday, April 17, the 844-page bill (titled the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013“)… Read more »

Avoiding Common Pitfalls of Estate Planning

September 2014 Estate planning is a process—not an event—often wrought with common and routine mistakes, the most common of which include the following: no planning at all; failure to coordinate insurance/retirement assets with an estate plan; adding individuals to bank accounts; transferring family home in joint tenancy with an adult child; and no planning for… Read more »

Restoring Public Access to Public Waters

September 2014 Utahns have a rich history of using their public waters (i.e., waters flowing in or impounded on rivers and streams) in place for a wide variety of purposes.  Prior to the arrival of Mormon pioneers in 1847, Native Americans, mountain men and other intrepid souls fished Utah’s waters for sustenance and, at times,… Read more »