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NY bakery leads the charge to hire workers others deem unemployable

Alvin Wilson works on the production line at Greyston Bakery in Yonkers Sept. 25, 2020. Wilson was hired as part of the open hiring practices at the bakery five years ago after being released from 12 and a half years in prison. Tania Savayan/The Journal News

Alvin Wilson started his first full-time job at age 60. He’d spent his youth dealing drugs and getting into trouble; he spent 12 years in prison. Now Wilson finally has a steady paycheck, his own place and has reconnected with his 33-year-old ...

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This restaurant’s revenue is better than last year: Here’s how owners can survive even in COVID-19 winter


In a year when thousands of restaurants have closed and many more are struggling to hang on, Bar Bombón in Philadelphia has been enjoying sales 5% to 10% above last year’s levels. It’s a far cry from March when the mayor said ...

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To weather the COVID-19 drought, small businesses need to expand credit now


Right now, every small business owner needs every dollar they can get their hands on. Whether you currently need money or not, it’s time to improve your credit score and increase your credit limits. Let’s be realistic. COVID-19 didn’t magically disappear with warmer weather and infections are once again ...

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Must employers ensure a safe workplace? A Q&A on workers’ rights

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The coronavirus pandemic has claimed more than 85,000 lives so far in the U.S. with no vaccine or cure in sight. Nevertheless, with stay-at-home orders lifting across the nation and businesses reopening, many employees will be returning to the workplace ...

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Be smart and safe about reopening your small business

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When you will be able to reopen, of course, depends on a variety of factors: your locale's rules; the impact of the coronavirus in your are;a and, not insignificantly, the willingness of your customers to head out and into stores and businesses again.

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Companies slammed by coronavirus look to cut contributions to their employees’ 401(k)s

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More corporations are looking to temporarily halt 401(k) contributions, trying to cut costs as the coronavirus crisis hits their revenue and profits, labor attorneys said. It’s another way companies are trying to contain mounting losses, along with millions of layoffs ...

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Have to work from home? 5 quick things you can do to prepare your space

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So you’ve just been told to work at home, and now you’re wondering how to get it done. Thanks to advancements in technology, it’s never been easier. But where to start? We’ve got a few ideas. Here’s what you need ...

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