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IRS rules target common deferral arrangement

The IRS has issued proposed regulations regarding disguised payments for services by partnerships. While the proposed rules are focused on a common practice used by private equity funds, they have important implications for all partnerships that make payments to their ...

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Employer optimism puts spotlight on job skills gap

Optimism about Rochester’s near-term outlook appears to be rising, according to M&T Bank’s latest survey of companies with annual sales of $10 million to $500 million. Among Rochester-area “middle market” firms polled in July and August, fully one-third (33 percent) ...

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Big data’s power can also be a double-edged sword

What are the biggest potential areas of risk for your organization? Can today’s emerging data technologies help you consider how to minimize or otherwise prepare for these risks? Have other organizations begun to leverage data for that purpose? In this ...

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Let’s get to work with a powerful business voice

Since Rochester Business Alliance made its July announcement of the plan to rebrand as Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce next year, many people have asked me why. The main reason is to avoid confusion about what RBA does. Rochester Business ...

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Think NLRB rules don’t apply to you? Think again

Would you terminate an employee who posted a profanity-laden comment about his supervisor on Facebook? Would you discipline employees for using email for union-related conduct during working hours? Does your employee handbook have a policy directing employees to be respectful ...

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N.Y. legal liability system ranks average among states

New York State’s legal liability system is 21st best in the nation, according to a report released Sept. 10 by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey, conducted by the Harris Poll, collected responses from a nationwide ...

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Non-Profit Report: The Landmark Society of Western New York Inc.

The Landmark Society of Western New York Inc. was organized in 1937, when Helen Ellwanger led a group of volunteers in founding an organization to protect and preserve the Campbell-Whittlesey Mansion. Built on this modest foundation, the Landmark Society has ...

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Northeast outspends other regions on housing in 2014

Consumers in the Northeast spent an average of 35.5 percent of their 2014 expenditures on housing—more than their counterparts in other regions, data released Sept. 3 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show. But transportation accounted for only 15.7 ...

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Non-Profit Report: Literacy Volunteers of Rochester Inc.

Non-Profit Report: Literacy Volunteers of Rochester Inc. promotes literacy and provides adult literacy services in Monroe County. Founded in 1964, the organization is a member of ProLiteracy Worldwide. LVR trains volunteers to offer one-to-one tutoring or small-group instruction in English ...

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Closing out with hope as the fight continues

This will be the last article I write as president of the area and local AFL-CIO. I will be concentrating on completing my last term for the Postal Workers Union and soon to retire at my full Social Security age. ...

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Leasing equipment can be a smart move for financial health

The fourth quarter is a popular time for companies to take a hard look at their performance over the last 12 months and begin planning for the coming year. Besides profits, losses and sales projections, it’s important to keep in ...

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