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Non-Profit Report: Birthright of Rochester Inc.

Birthright of Rochester Inc. is part of the oldest pregnancy- support service in the world, staffed almost exclusively by volunteers. There are more than 500 chapters around the world, with headquarters in Toronto, Ontario. The guiding principle of every Birthright ...

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Regulations aggravate
health care’s headaches

A demonstration of the extraordinary complexity of the business of health care is the recent set of regulations implementing the laws limiting referrals to health care entities in which physicians or their family members have financial interests. It took 70 ...

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Princeton in finals?
Not likey, but …

If you’re in the office pool to celebrate March Madness, i.e., the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, you’ve got a real chance to win the pot if you pick schools … –where football is little more than something to do on ...

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Viewing workers’ e-mail legal,
but is it appropriate?

“I think that one of my employees is inappropriately using the company’s internal e-mail to spread gossip and stir up complaints about the company among other employees in my unit. I need to put a stop to that. But to ...

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Unregulated capitalism could cause havoc for all

Eastman Kodak Co. has gotten most of the attention lately when it comes to restructuring and downsizing–euphemisms for terminating thousands of workers. Maybe this negative attention is not fair, as Kodak certainly is not the only large, profitable corporation on ...

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Non-Profit Report: Lifespan of Greater Rochester Inc.

Lifespan of Greater Rochester Inc. is dedicated to serving those in the second half of life. Its mission is to enrich and enhance the quality of life of older persons through direct service and self-help opportunities, and by participating in ...

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Avocations can rekindle
passion for your business

(First person features local business-people relating–in their own words–experiences and lessons that have shaped their professional development.) In the summer of 1994, I discovered something valuable–a great avocation–without even looking for it, one that would bring significant, positive change to ...

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Not all affiliations
must be the same

“Your candle burned out long before, your legend ever will.”–Elton John Unique and frozen in time–two concepts that are common in non-profit affiliations. Every organization believes that it has unique aspects. My family is unique. I have six aunts who ...

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Recent rulings could cause
ERISA lawsuits to rise

Recent federal court decisions involving ERISA (the Employment Retirement Income Security Act) Section 510 suggest that with every job termination or employee reclassification, the threat of an ERISA lawsuit potentially could follow. Employers will want to better understand how to ...

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Non-Profit Report: BOA Editions Ltd.

BOA Editions Ltd. is an independent publishing house that has received national acclaim for its books. Established in 1976, BOA began publication the following year. It was founded by poet, critic and editor A. Poulin Jr., who served as BOA’s ...

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Non-Profit Report: Community Partners for Youth Inc.

Community Partners for Youth Inc., or Big Brothers Big Sisters, is marking 20 years of service to children ages 6 to 16 from all races and religions, from the city and surrounding counties. Hundreds of children are served each year ...

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Tread with care when
pregnant workers involved

“I have to lay off a few workers in my department and I’m in the process of making some tough decisions. We are told to follow certain criteria for the layoff, including specific length-of-service requirements. One of the staffers who ...

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Consumer choice at issue
in local insurance industry

If the reactions of the resident physicians in training at the University of Rochester Medical Center to being assigned to a limited-physician health maintenance organization are any indication, such limited-panel plans will face considerable consumer opposition in this area. In ...

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Non-Profit Report: Center for Dispute Settlement Inc.

Now commemorating a quarter century of service, the Center for Dispute Settlement Inc. works to use and promote peaceful dispute- resolution processes throughout the community. CDS was the first dispute-resolution center in New York State and the third in the ...

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Managers can learn lessons
from lingo in retail catalogs

Business gurus and their disciples could learn a lot from retail-catalog merchandise descriptions about employee motivation. A quick look through Spirit of the West catalog that sells funky, pricey women’s clothing makes the point. On the back page I see ...

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