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Author Archives: Kevin Oklobzija

Is COVID-19 surcharge for unvaccinated workers looming?

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As the Delta variant of COVID-19 continues to spread, some employers are growing frustrated over vaccination rates, labor employment lawyers say.  Companies fear employees that are still hesitant or opposed to vaccination not only create workplace safety concerns, but also ...

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Appellate court denies Kappell appeals in suit vs. WHEC

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A state Appellate Court has upheld a lower court ruling that said WHEC-TV management had the right to fire former chief meteorologist Jeremy Kappell over the utterance of an alleged on-air racial slur in 2019. Jeremy Kappell claimed in a ...

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Rochester man sentenced for role in 2020 riot

A Rochester man who participated in a 2020 protest that turned violent in downtown Rochester has been sentenced to serve five months in prison. Shankell Sanks, 27, was convicted of rioting and sentenced this week by U.S. District Judge David ...

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Heavy contractor says Monroe County owes money for road work

A heavy highway and civil construction contractor from Geneva says it is owed nearly $500,000 by Monroe County for road work done in 2019 in Webster. Nardozzi Cos. claims in court papers filed Friday in state Supreme Court in Monroe ...

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Airport customs officers seize nearly $3 million in designer watches

Nearly $3 million in designer watches were seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Rochester Airport Port of Entry due to trademark infringement. The watches were found in July when officers inspected a shipment invoiced as “Used ...

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Tokash recognized for efforts to fight human trafficking

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Meghan A. Tokash, Assistant U.S. Attorney serving in the Western District of New York, has received the Top Prosecutor Award from Women in Federal Law Enforcement. Tokash joined the Western District office in 2019 and is the supervisor of the ...

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Affordable housing likely to become a more attractive investment

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Proposed legislation, a late-2020 law change and a possible bump in the corporate tax rate all should turn out to be beneficial for the affordable housing industry as objectives of the Biden administration play out. When the federal corporate tax rate ...

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Employers must ensure compliance with harassment prevention training

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The failure of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo to acknowledge he took part in sexual harassment prevention training — regulations that he signed into law — underscores the oversight that is necessary by every business to ensure employee compliance. Annual sexual ...

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