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CapShare 910 delivers
new breed of scanner

Is your expense report filled with hotel fax charges? Do you spend more time calling Federal Express from your hotel room than calling home? In a world of “information at our fingertips” we still have to deal with a lot ...

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Non-Profit Report:
Council of Adoptive Parents Inc.

In 1969, the objective of the Council of Adoptive Parents Inc.–a Rochester-based adoptive-parents group–had been to find adoptive homes for 80 children languishing in institutions or caught in the foster care cycle. That mission remains much the same today, under ...

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Companies must focus on
building brand loyalty

In the song “Mrs. Robinson” from the movie “The Graduate,” the lyrics pose the question, “Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio?” The same question can be asked of brand loyalty as we move into the 21st century. When I started ...

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Single standard for health
plans must be created

Recent reports about substantial increases in health insurance premiums in the local area serve as a reminder that various legislative and regulatory mandates governing the procedures of health maintenance organizations and insurers are not cost-free. While substantial portions of the ...

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ADA laws could cover
independent contractors

Employers appreciate independent contractors because independent contractors rarely receive benefits and are easier to hire and fire. When it comes to dismissing an independent contractor, employers traditionally have not faced the sorts of lawsuits typically filed by employees. However, an ...

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You must continue to
motivate older employees

“I’ve got a staffer who’s a year or two away from retirement and thinks he’s there already. He spends a lot of his time by the coffee pot, schmoozing and telling tales of how the company operated in the past. ...

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Congress must address
the real welfare problem

The costs to all of us of the real welfare chiselers has been exposed in detail–for possibly the first time–in what is generally considered the mainstream corporate media, Time magazine. In the Nov. 9 issue, investigative journalists Donald Barlett and ...

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Manager’s
bookshelf

American Association of Retired Persons has resources for employers who want to maximize their use of older workers. You can contact the organization at: AARP, 601 E St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20049, (202) 434-2277, or at its Web site at ...

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Non-Profit Report:
Geva Theatre

Celebrating its 26th performance season, Geva Theatre presents productions created in and for Rochester. Last season, more than 140,000 people attended Geva shows, which draw upon talented actors, directors, designers and writers from around the country. Geva was founded in ...

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Incentives can include
a phantom stock plan

While the transfer of stock to employees through direct sales, non-qualified options or qualified incentive stock options are popular, they are not for everyone. Many corporations choose not to use them because they do not want to increase the number ...

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Non-Profit Report:
Friends of School of the Arts

Formed in 1992, Friends of School of the Arts was created to promote the academic, artistic and humanistic success of students enrolled in Rochester’s arts magnet school. The School of the Arts–which boasts an average attendance rate of 90 percent–motivates ...

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Non-Profit Report:
United Nations Association of Rochester

Less than a year after the charter that created the United Nations was ratified in 1945, a group of Rochesterians–including Joseph C. Wilson, Georgianna Sibley, Howard Hanson, Rabbi Philip Bernstein and noted historian Dexter Perkins–met to form the Rochester Association ...

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Integrating repatriates
can present challenges

“There’s a new person joining my team soon who’s returning from an overseas position. For the last several years, he’s been on an exciting assignment jetting around Europe for the company. I think he kind of looks down his nose ...

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Going once, going twice,
sold at the Net auction

At this time of the year, we traditionally send our crack staff out to get holiday gift ideas for friends of computer lovers everywhere. Unfortunately, our crack staff was too busy trying to get great deals at Internet auctions. It ...

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Words should be chosen carefully

Managerial statements that an employee “is getting old” or that the company “needs new blood” or has too many “old fogies” mean different things to different people. To the employer defending an Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) case, these ...

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