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More than 400 city employees impacted by furloughs, job cuts

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren

Nearly 400 city of Rochester employees will endure furloughs or a reduction in hours, and an additional 17 positions were eliminated, as Mayor Lovely Warren seeks solutions to the financial ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic. The payroll reductions will result ...

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Riots, escapes and pepper spray: Virus hits juvenile centers


Nicole Hingle wasn’t surprised when the call came. Frustrations had been building inside juvenile detention centers nationwide as the number of coronavirus cases continued to climb. Now, her 17-year-old son Jace, was on the phone telling her around 40 kids ...

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Remote working during COVID-19: Improve your mindset


Working remotely in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic isn’t easy. In fact, it can be incredibly stressful, in part because there are a lot of things about the current situation that are simply beyond our control. The good news ...

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Real Estate Law: Coronavirus triggers rent abatement negotiations in commercial leasing

Kristin Zimar

Several weeks into the nationwide shutdown resulting from governmental regulations enacted in response to the coronavirus pandemic, commercial leasing continues to suffer the consequences. Commercial tenants anticipated the financial impact of having to close their doors for a still-unknown period ...

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Companies seek to limit legal liability for virus infections

An employee restocks at a Wal-Mart in Burbank, California, on Nov. 22, 2016. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Patrick T. Fallon.

As companies start planning their reopenings, business groups are pushing Congress to limit liability from potential lawsuits filed by workers and customers infected by the coronavirus. They appear to have the White House’s ear. President Donald Trump has floated shielding ...

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Federal inmates battle mixed messages on home confinement

Michael Cohen, former attorney to President Donald Trump, testifies before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Matt McClain.

WASHINGTON — She never thought her husband’s punishment for selling drugs would be a death sentence. But as the new coronavirus rips through the U.S. prison system and into the facility where he is serving eight years, she fears it ...

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Judge sides with tribes, limits distribution of virus relief


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A judge has ruled in favor of tribal nations in their bid to keep Alaska Native corporations from getting a share of $8 billion in coronavirus relief funding — at least for now. In a decision ...

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A flood of business bankruptcies likely in coming months


NEW YORK — The billions of dollars in coronavirus relief targeted at small businesses may not prevent many of them from ending up in bankruptcy court. Business filings under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy law rose sharply in March, ...

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Judge rules Virginia gun range can open amid virus closures


FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A Virginia gun range must be allowed to open to customers despite a statewide executive order requiring nonessential businesses to close to slow the spread of the coronavirus, a judge ruled Monday. The order issued ...

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Legal battles loom as businesses hit by virus sue insurers

A customer enters the Billy Goat Tavern under Chicago's Michigan Ave in 2005.  The once-busy diner is suing its insurance company after their claim to recoup revenue lost as a result of state-mandated closures was rejected. (AP file photo)

CHICAGO — A once-bustling bar and grill tucked below a Michigan Avenue overpass famously inspired a “Saturday Night Live” skit starring John Belushi and Bill Murray. But the money the Billy Goat Tavern is losing during the coronavirus outbreak is ...

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Sizing up Trump’s green-card halt: Is it just temporary?

President Trump speaks with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro during a joint news conference at the White House last month. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Jabin Botsford

SAN DIEGO — Pamela Austin, a recruiter at Adventist Health Bakersfield in California, made seven job offers to foreign nurses in February and just finished a first round of interviews with 12 more candidates. They are from all over the ...

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