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No clearcut answer on employee, contractor question

“For years, our small company has hired an ‘independent contractor’ to help us with very specialized work that members of our staff don’t have the expertise or the training to do. His hours are variable and he works from his ...

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Switzer’s marathon run changed the world of sports

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Kathrine Switzer prepped for one of the most famous moments in sports history by training with the Syracuse University men’s cross country team in late 1966, early 1967. A 19-year-old junior journalism student at the time, Switzer gladly would have ...

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District contains high percentage of college graduates

Some 48 percent of residents of the 25th Congressional District, centered on the city of Rochester, have some form of college degree, including an associate’s degree, according to a U.S. Census report released on April 21 that organizes 2014 data ...

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Non-Profit Report: Rochester Oratorio Society Inc.

Rochester Oratorio Society Inc., founded in 1945 and celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2015, is a choral/orchestral ensemble in the Rochester region. Comprising some 145 auditioned adult members, the society presents two to four performances annually of masterworks for chorus ...

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Engagement brings vitality to business and life alike

In April 2016, Gallup, the research and consulting organization, announced that U.S. employee engagement hit 34.1 percent in March 2016, the highest level since Gallup began tracking U.S. workplace engagement daily in January 2011. Engagement had not topped 33 percent ...

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Fast Start: Renaissance millennials

The city of Rochester is on the rise, and we owe much to millennials for the transition. Rochester Downtown Development Corp. is recognizing and celebrating the area’s millennials on May 10 at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center. ...

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Payroll survey data should be interpreted with caution

Close observers of the Rochester economy have struggled with conflicting signals about the health of the local labor market since the release of “re-benchmarked” jobs data several weeks ago. Two key statistical series produced by federal and state agencies—known colloquially ...

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Smartphone updates from Apple, Samsung add intriguing features

What did you think about “March Madness”? No, I’m not talking to those whose brackets were busted by Michigan State; I’m talking about the latest in smartphones and tablets from Samsung and Apple. If you don’t want to be left ...

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Non-Profit Report: Isaiah House Inc.

Isaiah House Inc. in Rochester is a home for the dying that serves those with a prognosis of less than three months. Its mission is to care for those with the greatest need and fewest options. Some 80 volunteers and occasionally ...

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Improving website should be an ongoing process

If your company is currently going through the torturous exercise of developing a new website, this message may be too late. If you haven’t yet traveled too far down the road of developing a new site, you should read this ...

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Old-timers earned a pittance by today’s standards

I recently stumbled upon a list of the highest-paid baseball players. The king of the hill is Los Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who is scheduled to make a record $34.5 million this season. The three-time Cy Young Award winner’s salary ...

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Rochester, other upstate cities, see drop in jobless rates

After a typical seasonal increase during January and February, the Rochester metropolitan area unemployment rate fell to 4.9 percent in March, according to figures released by the New York State Department of Labor on Tuesday. March unemployment rates for local ...

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N.Y., most area states see decrease in imports

Fueled by a 41 percent drop in petroleum-related imports, total U.S. imports for January and February 2016 dropped by $7.8 billion, or 2.3 percent, not seasonally adjusted, compared with the first two months of the prior year, according to a ...

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Non-Profit Report: One World Goods Inc.

One World Goods Inc. is a fair-trade gift shop that sells home decor items, jewelry, clothing, personal accessories, toys, musical instruments and other goods made by artisans in more than 40 countries. Its mission is to enhance the social and ...

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