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Ask John Dame: Boundaries and expectations must be clear during acquisitions

Q: Our company made a major acquisition a year ago. The owner of the company we purchased stayed as president of his company. Additionally, he decided not to sell 100 percent of his company, and now has some ownership in the larger combined company and serves as a board member. He reports to me directly. The problem is that, over a year later, he is putting up roadblocks and fighting the integration process we agreed upon at the time of the purchase of his company. This is a big problem and is getting more costly by the minute. What can I do?

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Training can reinforce inclusive workplace policies

Not every company offers diversity training, but in today’s changing economic and political climate every business can benefit from it. While laws ban discriminatory hiring practices based on race, age or gender, workplace diversity or sensitivity training is a proactive step designed to create an environment where everyone feels comfortable and accepted. Feeling safe at ...

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Hershey in talks to acquire NC nutrition bar maker

The Hershey Co. expects to close on a $395 million deal by the end of the year with a Charlotte, North Carolina, nutrition bar manufacturer. One Brands LLC, a nutrition bar company with an emphasis on low-sugar and high-protein snacks has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by the Derry Township-based Hershey Co. ...

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A shortage of construction workers is posing challenges for the industry, raising costs and stressing workers

The nationwide shortage of construction workers is posing challenges for the industry, including making it harder to meet deadlines, raising costs to complete projects, and forcing firms to ask their skilled laborers to do more work. There's no easy solutions in sight, but those in the field are making efforts to tackle the problem.

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Guest view: Don’t overlook the adult learner

As career transiency becomes the norm, more “adult learners” and “non-traditional” students enter — or re-enter — the higher education space. And, due to life experience, family demands and other characteristics, the traditional model for higher education doesn’t necessarily work for this growing part of the student population.

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