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Is telecommuting the answer
for your situation?

“One of my best employees came to me recently and asked me if she could become a ‘telecommuter.’ Her husband has been transferred out of state and she was wondering if it would be possible for her to keep her ...

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New tax rules could cause
more confusion than ever

By now you have heard that the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 reduced the maximum tax rate on long-term capital gains from 28 percent to 20 percent. This reduction, which was trumpeted as one of the major triumphs of the ...

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Deregulation of utilities
could undermine system

The images of devastation left by the ice storm of 1998 will burn in our memory for years to come. As of this writing, utility crews still are working around-the-clock restoring power to the North Country, Canada and Maine. Mother ...

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First Person:
Taking risks essential to successful career planning

It used to be that there were certain understood rules. If you followed them, were patient and played it safe, they would result in long-term prosperity and security. But over the past 10 years, corporate life has become drastically different. ...

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Non-Profit Report:
Agape Counseling Associates Inc.

Agape Counseling Associates Inc. was formed in 1978 with a core of seven volunteer professional counselors who were committed to the philosophy of Christian counseling, which integrates Biblical truths with the healing process. From that foundation Agape has developed into ...

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Picking the right trustee
essential to estate plan

The cornerstone of a well-thought-out succession plan is an estate plan that results in your estate tax being minimized. Frequently, part of your estate plan will leave assets in trust for your spouse or your children. Assets are left in ...

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Managers’
resources

The following Internet sites can provide some help for managers attempting to handle–or workers interested in filing–sexual harassment charges, as well as companies wanting to set a policy: –Law Journal Extra, at www.ljextra.com, contains information on several topics, including benefits, ...

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Harassment complaints
put firms at risk

“A female employee came to me with a complaint. Seems a male co-worker made a couple of inappropriate sexual remarks to her, but she asked me not to report it because she doesn’t want all the grief associated with an ...

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Women are top bananas
for advertising industry

For the first 20 years or so of my married life, I lived with five women: my wife and four daughters. You would think during that period I would have learned something about women. Heaven knows, they all tried hard ...

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Non-Profit Report: Salvation Army–Rochester Area Services

Over the past century, the Salvation Army–Rochester Area Services has evolved to meet the changing needs of its client base, while remaining true to its mission to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in his name ...

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Corporation law changes
will help business owners

Highway signs that welcome roadway travelers to New York State could proclaim: “We are now more business-friendly.” The reason for adding such a proclamation is a series of amendments recently added to the business corporation law. These new amendments were ...

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Managers shouldn’t let
naysayers derail meetings

“I was recently leading a meeting in which one of the people attending kept raising peripheral issues and distracting the group from the main purpose of the meeting. I kept trying to keep the group on course by pointing out ...

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Non-Profit Report: Granger Homestead Society Inc.

The Granger Homestead Society Inc.’s mission is to promote knowledge and understanding of the history of Canandaigua and the surrounding region through its stewardship of the society’s holdings as resources for public education, use and appreciation. The society fulfills this ...

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Groups should consider
outsourcing as an option

“Business is like riding a bicycle–either you keep moving or you fall down.” –Anonymous We have decided to outsource your department’s functions,” the chief financial officer said to my brother, a 22-year veteran at the company. “We think we can ...

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