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More companies planning holiday parties, survey says

November 30, 2012
Scott Olson
A new survey shows 83 percent of companies polled plan to host holiday parties this year, up from 68 percent a year ago.
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Indiana employers desperate to improve workers' personal habitsRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
J.K. Wall
Skyrocketing health care costs prompt search for new ways to improve lifestyle choices.
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Glass factory's safety under state's lens yet againRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
Dan Human
Union leaders say working conditions are improving at the Pilkington glass factory in Shelbyville, but an employee’s injury in October has led to another visit from state safety officials and possibly more fines.
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IU: Growth of Indiana’s labor force slowing rapidly

November 13, 2012
Scott Olson
The Indiana Business Research Center attributes the predicted slowdown during the next 30 years to an increasing number of baby boomers entering retirement and a cresting of the decades-long rise in female labor force participation.
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Farm fatalities fall in Indiana; no children die

November 8, 2012
Associated Press
A new Purdue University report says farm-related deaths in Indiana fell to 16 last year and none involved children for the first time in 13 years.
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Money for counties key to Indiana penalty change

October 16, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers are trying to find the money to help counties handle more low-level felons in work release and other local programs rather than send them to state prison.
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Six Sigma guru scours city budget for savingsRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Efficiency expert Manny Mendez, who has saved the city $4.9 million since 2008 through Six Sigma practices, is now scouring government operations in search of $15 million more.
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Lawrence public smoking restrictions start Monday

September 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
A new ordinance in Lawrence will ban smoking in restaurants, bowling alleys, hotels and most bars beginning Monday.
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Indiana workplace deaths up slightly last year

September 24, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A new report says the number of people dying on the job rose slightly in Indiana last year, to 122, the Indiana Department of Labor said Monday.
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Lawsuit tests Indiana's 'take your gun to work' law

September 22, 2012
Associated Press
New provisions of Indiana gun laws that allow people to keep guns in their cars at work and prohibit employers from asking about gun possession will get their first test in a lawsuit filed by an Indianapolis man.
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Indy hotel to pay $355,000 to settle race lawsuit

September 21, 2012
Associated Press
The operators of an Indianapolis hotel have agreed to pay $355,000 to settle allegations they underpaid and fired African-American housekeepers because of their race.
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Mayor signs off on domestic-partner ordinance

August 23, 2012
The ordinance covering city employees offers insurance coverage to both same-sex and heterosexual unmarried couples. The mayor also signed the "Complete Streets" proposal.
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AT&T technicians file lawsuit over lunch policy

August 17, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Eleven AT&T technicians have filed a federal lawsuit seeking class-action status to collect unpaid wages and overtime, alleging the company compels them to work during unpaid lunch breaks. The suit seeks to represent 1,300 AT&T technicians in Indiana.
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Indianapolis law firms ratchet up marketing to womenRestricted Content

August 11, 2012
It’s out with sporting events and in with fashion shows as firms try to make female clients feel more welcome.
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Indiana agencies drawing right-to-work rulesRestricted Content

August 11, 2012
The new law is only the latest to hit unions with broadsides.
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Multi-employer health clinic to open downtownRestricted Content

July 28, 2012
J.K. Wall
NoviaCare Clinics LLC will open a multi-employer health clinic in downtown Indianapolis this fall, opening the door for smaller employers to add the service to their health benefits.
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MILLER: Morale, productivity affected by benefits frustrationRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
Robert L. Miller / Special to IBJ
Have employees reached the tipping point where rising health care costs have forced them to think seriously about jumping ship?
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Co-working spaces multiply, giving independent workers options

June 30, 2012
Ellen Kobe
Co-working sites—shared office spaces designed to give entrepreneurs, free-lancers and consultants the tools they need to get the job done as well as the chance to interact with other professionals, sans cubicle—are gaining popularity nationally and, finally, in Indianapolis.
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Indianapolis area needs more black engineers, architectsRestricted Content

June 30, 2012
Scott Olson
Among major occupational groups, only farming has a smaller share of African-Americans, government figures show.
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Supreme Court to review rules for supervisor in job-bias suits

June 25, 2012
Bloomberg News
The U.S. Supreme Court will settle a dispute about who can be considered a workplace supervisor for purposes of a federal job-discrimination lawsuit.
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Indianapolis house is retreat and headquarters for designer, sculptor

June 23, 2012
Katie Maurer
It was on a long-ago trip to Hawaii that the couple decided to bring a little bit of vacation into their everyday lives, launching a design and construction process that would result in their dream home.
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For graying generation, startups are booming

May 26, 2012
Mason King
Since the 1990s, the demographic makeup of new entrepreneurs has been steadily shifting toward baby boomers as they seek personal and financial fulfillment. Count Fountain Square Brewing Co.'s Bill Webster among them.
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Bicycle advocacy group urges riding to work Friday

May 14, 2012
Associated Press
Motorists in central Indiana should expect to share the road with a lot of bicyclists during their morning and afternoon commutes Friday.
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Companies adopting unlimited time-off policiesRestricted Content

May 12, 2012
J.K. Wall
Proponents of such policies say they are the future of work—even as they acknowledge that it may take a generation for them to be widely accepted. Some workers, however, are fearful.
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More physicians using social media to find jobsRestricted Content

May 12, 2012
Scott Olson
But major Indianapolis-area hospitals still prefer personal referrals
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  1. Apologies for the wall of text. I promise I had this nicely formatted in paragraphs in Notepad before pasting here.

  2. I believe that is incorrect Sir, the people's tax-dollars are NOT paying for the companies investment. Without the tax-break the company would be paying an ADDITIONAL $11.1 million in taxes ON TOP of their $22.5 Million investment (Building + IT), for a total of $33.6M or a 50% tax rate. Also, the article does not specify what the total taxes were BEFORE the break. Usually such a corporate tax-break is a 'discount' not a 100% wavier of tax obligations. For sake of example lets say the original taxes added up to $30M over 10 years. $12.5M, New Building $10.0M, IT infrastructure $30.0M, Total Taxes (Example Number) == $52.5M ININ's Cost - $1.8M /10 years, Tax Break (Building) - $0.75M /10 years, Tax Break (IT Infrastructure) - $8.6M /2 years, Tax Breaks (against Hiring Commitment: 430 new jobs /2 years) == 11.5M Possible tax breaks. ININ TOTAL COST: $41M Even if you assume a 100% break, change the '30.0M' to '11.5M' and you can see the Company will be paying a minimum of $22.5, out-of-pocket for their capital-investment - NOT the tax-payers. Also note, much of this money is being spent locally in Indiana and it is creating 430 jobs in your city. I admit I'm a little unclear which tax-breaks are allocated to exactly which expenses. Clearly this is all oversimplified but I think we have both made our points! :) Sorry for the long post.

  3. Clearly, there is a lack of a basic understanding of economics. It is not up to the company to decide what to pay its workers. If companies were able to decide how much to pay their workers then why wouldn't they pay everyone minimum wage? Why choose to pay $10 or $14 when they could pay $7? The answer is that companies DO NOT decide how much to pay workers. It is the market that dictates what a worker is worth and how much they should get paid. If Lowe's chooses to pay a call center worker $7 an hour it will not be able to hire anyone for the job, because all those people will work for someone else paying the market rate of $10-$14 an hour. This forces Lowes to pay its workers that much. Not because it wants to pay them that much out of the goodness of their heart, but because it has to pay them that much in order to stay competitive and attract good workers.

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  5. It is sad to see these races not have a full attendance. The Indy Car races are so much more exciting than Nascar. It seems to me the commenters here are still a little upset with Tony George from a move he made 20 years ago. It was his decision to make, not yours. He lost his position over it. But I believe the problem in all pro sports is the escalating price of admission. In todays economy, people have to pay much more for food and gas. The average fan cannot attend many events anymore. It's gotten priced out of most peoples budgets.

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