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Now is the time for post-COVID HR audits (access required)

As companies prepare policies for their post-pandemic workplace, allowing employees to maintain work-from-home arrangements can have major ramifications.

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U.S.-Canadian border could open as soon as mid-August (access required)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday that fully vaccinated U.S. travelers could be allowed to cross the Canadian border as early as mid-August. On July 15, the prime minister’s office released a summary of Trudeau’s 33rd call with Canadian premiers regarding ...

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Local banks strive to make online banking safe, but customers must do their part (access required)

Online and mobile banking has become the dominant way Americans interact with their banks and credit unions in recent years. This uptick in online banking has brought cybersecurity and data protection to the forefront of the banking industry, but local experts say customers ...

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Two Arc chapters merge to serve four counties under one umbrella (access required)

This fall, four Rochester-area counties will be served by a newly merged Arc chapter, Arc GLOW. The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming and Arc of Genesee Orleans on Oct. 1 will finalize a merger that has been many months in the making. ...

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Community spaces a growing priority in senior living facilities (access required)

As several new senior facilities have come online in the Rochester area in the last year or so, having community spaces that keep residents socially engaged and less isolated are a common priority. “We have a philosophy for seniors that ...

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Senior living facilities face staffing challenge (access required)

Senior living and care facilities in Rochester and across the country faced staffing shortage challenges even before COVID-19 arrived, in large part because geriatrics and senior care isn’t a field many choose to enter. Those challenges increased during the pandemic, when the safety of both residents and staff were at risk. The problem isn’t likely ...

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Tips for maximizing COVID-related loan benefits and forgiveness (access required)

It’s no secret that the pandemic has caused disruption to the economic climate, dramatically shifting how business is conducted. On top of existing priorities like day-to-day operations, staffing and management, business owners also have the added layer of navigating COVID-19 related loan benefits and forgiveness programs. With new and ever-changing ...

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‘Extreme optimism’ for small business sector recovery (access required)

Small businesses owners are reporting a more positive outlook as the region emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, with many expecting revenues to increase this year over last. Ted Janicki, Bank of America’s small business banking manager for Upstate New York, ...

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Small businesses pivoted to e-commerce when shuttered during pandemic (access required)

Tanvi Asher admits to being somewhat naïve when her store had to temporarily close in mid-March of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “At first I thought we may be closed two weeks,” says Asher, designer and owner of Peppermint ...

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Residential market booming in downtown Rochester (access required)

When Heidi Zimmer-Meyer looks out of her office window on Chestnut Street, she can see five or six buildings under construction out her window. Zimmer-Meyer, president of the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation, says that since 2000, 5,200 people have moved ...

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COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective (access required)

When the New York State Department of Health asked you to stay home, wear a mask and get vaccinated against COVID-19, you did. When businesses were asked to implement and enforce policies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections, they did. When businesses employees and residents were asked to isolate ...

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