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Aug 20, 2015

Advice for employers, employees about social media

As an employer, what avenues of social media can be used to learn about job applicants? Is an employee’s online comment (made on personal time from his home computer) about an employer protected under the National Labor Relations Act? How are post-employment references handled in a world where LinkedIn may contradict an employer’s evaluation? “A […]

Aug 18, 2015

Proposed legislation would help small businesses expand

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was in Greece Tuesday to announce new legislation to help small businesses expand their advanced manufacturing operations and create and keep high-paying, high skilled manufacturing jobs in the United States.   Speaking at Intrinsiq Materials, she introduced the Scale-Up Manufacturing Investment Company Act of 2015, a bill that would increase capital for […]

Aug 14, 2015

Landed your first job? Tips for managing your money

NEW YORK — Landing that first job out of college calls for a celebration. But when the party is over, it’s time to sit down and figure out how to make your money work for you. “First jobs give you the opportunity to set yourself up for financial security,” says Kelley Long, a Chicago-based certified […]

Aug 14, 2015

Will your boss match Netflix’s yearlong paid leave?

  Netflix stirred envy in sleep-deprived parents nationwide by saying it will give its employees up to a year of paid leave following the birth or adoption of a child. But outside of hypercompetitive Silicon Valley, don’t hold your breath for your boss to match it. However, more companies are thinking about offering at least […]

Aug 11, 2015

Higher wage push ignites worry about enforcement

NEW YORK — As a campaign to raise the minimum wage as high as $15 has achieved victories in such places as Seattle, Los Angeles and New York, it has bumped up against a harsh reality: Plenty of scofflaw businesses don’t pay the legal minimum now and probably won’t pay the new, higher wages either. […]

Aug 11, 2015

US small business adds 59,000 jobs

Employment at U.S. small businesses increased by about 59,000 jobs in July, according to the latest report from ADP. The smallest businesses, those with one to 19 employees added 26,000 jobs last month, while those with 20 to 49 employees added 34,000 jobs. Goods-producing businesses gained 2,000 jobs while service-providing firms increased by 56,000 jobs. […]

Aug 10, 2015

NY reached record employment last year

New York’s employment topped nine million jobs last year, a record with 538,000 added since the recession, the state comptroller reported Monday. The report showed 143,000 jobs added in 2014, capping four years of steady gains. But growth was uneven statewide, with New York City gaining three-fourths of the total, while four upstate regions lost […]

Jul 17, 2015

SMALL BIZ: Overtime proposal may force hard choices

NEW YORK — A proposal to give millions of U.S. workers a raise is forcing restaurant owner Michelle Shriver to make some hard choices. The Obama administration’s proposed change in overtime regulations could lead Shriver to put salaried managers on shifts, limiting their hours and making it more difficult to run her six Tropical Smoothie […]

Jul 16, 2015

Unemployment lowest in 7 years

In June, New York state’s private sector job count climbed by 24,200, or 0.3 percent to 7.8 million, a new record high, according to preliminary figures released Thursday by the state Department of Labor. Over the past two months, the state has added 67,800 private sector jobs. This is the state’s largest two-month jobs gain […]

Jul 15, 2015

Harris adding 100 Rochester jobs

Newly merged Harris-Excelis Corp. has agreed to bring 100 new, good-paying jobs to Rochester over the next 12 months, U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer announced Wednesday. There is also the potential to later add 50 jobs, for a total of up to 150 new jobs. The announcement comes after Schumer urged CEO Bill Brown to […]

Jul 6, 2015

Lawyers reinvent careers with virtual law firms

Attorney Nakia Gray’s website greets visitors with a simple message: “Welcome to my digital world.” But unlike many lawyers, Gray’s online presence is the home base of her firm rather than simply an extension of her physical office. Burned out from seven years of logging billable hours as a litigator in a mid-size suburban firm, […]

Jan 26, 2015

Survey: Firms optimistic on hiring, wages in 1Q

WASHINGTON — Rising sales helped boost hiring at U.S. businesses in the last three months of 2014, and companies are optimistic that continued improvement in business conditions will bring increased employment and wages in the current quarter, a new survey shows. And many businesses expect the steep drop in oil prices in recent months to […]

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