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Redlining history linked to COVID-19 prevalence

Rochester redlining maps. (Provided)

Less than a century ago, the Home Owners Loan Corp., a now-defunct federal agency, went into neighborhoods nationwide to map them in order to inform the government on the default risk for loans they wanted to purchase from banks. The ...

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Trump adds new restrictions to H-1B visas, limiting immigration of skilled workers


The Trump Administration has again changed rules making H-1B visas harder to obtain, prompting pushback from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and at least a dozen other parties, including the University of Rochester. On Oct. ...

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Excellus provides funding to domestic violence organizations

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield will provide $50,000 in funding to domestic violence prevention organizations across Upstate New York as part of its response to COVID-19. In Rochester, funding will be provided to RESOLVE of Greater Rochester and Willow Domestic Violence Center. ...

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Racial Equity Challenge coming to Finger Lakes


Businesses and organizations in the Finger Lakes Region will have an opportunity to improve racial equity through a new initiative convened by the United Way of Greater Rochester Inc. Greater Rochester’s 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge will begin Oct. 23 and ...

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Michael Blanchard replaces Farnsworth as COO of Woods Oviatt


Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP has tapped an industry veteran as its next chief operating officer, replacing Paul Farnsworth, who will retire after more than a quarter of a century with the Rochester firm. Michael Blanchard joins Woods Oviatt following a ...

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Legal experts weigh in on hiring issues post-pandemic


As hiring begins post-COVID crisis, employers in some areas of the world are contemplating a new way to help those who have recovered from the virus or who have antibodies gain employment. In the U.K., Health and Social Care Secretary ...

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ITT Tech, PEAKS Trust reach $330M settlement agreement for wronged students


Former ITT Tech students across the state will receive part of a $330 million nationwide settlement with PEAKS Trust, a private loan program run by the now defunct college and affiliated with Deutsche Bank entities. Some $5 million has been ...

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Hurlbut files lawsuit against DOH, Commissioner of Health


A Brighton nursing home has struck back against allegations it violated a law concerning a requirement that nursing homes isolate residents when a home’s infection control program determines that isolation is needed to prevent the spread of infection. The Law ...

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New NLRB test makes employee discipline easier

Stephanie Caffera

The National Labor Relations Board has made it easier for employers to discipline employees who swear or make derogatory statements to their supervisors. In recent years it has become increasingly more difficult for employers to discipline or fire employees, even ...

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