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Bread-and-butter loans bust refinancing booms

It’s not that local mortgage powerhouses did not appreciate the refinance boom that hit in the first quarter of this year. First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Rochester tagged its first quarter’s 36.5 percent net-income hike to the phenomenon ...

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Online trades net more followers as comfort level rises

Industry analysts expect that number to at least double in the next two years. Macedon investor Donald Bay recently became part of that trend. Sitting in front of his home computer, he purchases stocks online via several private brokerage accounts. ...

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Brokers aim strategies to tap burgeoning women’s market

–By 2005, the U.S. Census Bureau projects, women will account for 62 percent of the work force. In 1992, they made up 45 percent of all workers. –Female-headed households have grown by 240 percent since the 1980s. –Government statistics show ...

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Each of the local urgent-care centers has different hours and procedures. For more information, contact: –Alton B. Corbit Immediate Care Center: 396-6000 1160 Corporate Drive, Farmington –Group Health MedicalCenters: 454-4810 Folsom Medical Center, 1850Brighton-Henrietta Town Line Road Greece Health Center,550 ...

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Centers lift pressure from emergency rooms

As health care costs continue to escalate, hospitals, other health care providers and health insurers are looking for ways to reduce costs. One high-priced target has been inappropriate emergency- room use. To combat this, some hospitals have divided emergency departments ...

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As managed care multiplies, physician burnout escalates

No hard statistics are available, but anecdotal reports locally and to such trade groups as the American Medical Association indicate growing nationwide frustration with managed care. Burnout is nothing new, and managed care alone is not to blame. But physicians ...

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Office-based studies add to core medical research

Community practitioners in pediatrics and AIDS research are among those who contribute to medical knowledge by enrolling their patients in clinical trials. Local pediatricians, in particular, have a long history in pioneering research in the prevention and treatment of childhood ...

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Job-sharing teams give bosses a dynamic duo

Today, both work as training-design consultants, and still try to job share whenever possible, such as with the yearlong stint they just completed at Johnson & Johnson Clinical Diagnostics. Job sharers agree that having complementary work styles is a must. ...

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Tuition coverage a reciprocal perk

She also has another role with the company–that of student. Curcio is studying for a bachelor’s degree in business administration at St. John Fisher College in a company-sponsored tuition-reimbursement program. Xerox will pay at least $30,000 for her education by ...

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Childless workers find benefits equity a stretch

When Xerox Corp. last year announced its new life-cycle assistance plan, employees cheered and worker advocates held up the company as a champion of diversity and flexibility. Progressive even for Xerox, the plan entitles each employee to a lifetime benefit ...

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Safety concerns rise as OSHA budget cuts loom

Yet, says Lyn Parsons, executive director of the Rochester Council on Occupational Safety & Health, regional and national regulatory budgets have already been slashed by 15 percent this past year, and additional cuts are looming. As a result, workplace inspections ...

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Flexibility, speed come to fore in factory design

The factory reflects several trends in industrial plant design, including a movement away from large, automated assembly lines to smaller, more flexible units. “We installed more modular assembly lines. These will provide a greater level of flexibility and greater return ...

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Teams can help bridge gulf
between engineering, sales

They live on different planets. On the planet Dilbert, engineers check everything twice, and try to foresee all problems. They take time to check for design flaws. They will move no product before its time. On the planet Let’s Make ...

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In holding boards liable, reputations at risk

Increasingly, however, courts have become involved with business decisions, questioning executives’ motives and imposing the court’s own business judgment. For corporate and non-profit boards alike, liability risks should not be taken lightly. And financial liability is not the only possible ...

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Employer, beware: Caution crucial when firing an employee

The suggested solution? Sit tight and cool off. “We suggest a cooling-off period of a day or two in order to save a long- term employee,” says Christopher Wiest, director of human-resource information for the Industrial Management Council, which operates ...

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