- The Washington Times - Monday, August 14, 2000

Business marriage

Two of Virginia's largest business organizations are considering permanently joining forces.
The Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia Manufacturers Association are beginning formal discussions about a merger.
Chamber President Hugh Keogh said the two already work closely and share many of the same members.
VMA Chairman John Adams says by combining forces, Virginia's business community would have a more powerful voice in legislative matters.
There is no timetable set for a decision.

Plain English

The Labor Department is not exactly known for plain speaking. Labor interpretation letters and the thousands of regulations that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have put out can set employers' and employees' heads spinning.
OSHA last week introduced a new poster informing workers of their rights to a safe workplace under President Clinton's and Vice President Gore's "plain language initiative."
Employers are not required to get the new poster, but they do have to post an OSHA notice of employee rights.
The poster can be downloaded from www.osha.gov.

Hotel surfing

Marriott International Inc. has reached an exclusive agreement with STSN Inc. that will enable it to offer its high-speed Internet access service in more than 250 Marriott, Renaissance and Courtyard hotels outside the continental United States.
Installation of the service will begin in the fall and will extend into 2001.
The service, first introduced in the United States 15 months ago, will be available in guest rooms, meeting rooms and business centers and is up to 50 times faster than conventional dial-up access. It allows guests to access the Internet and use the telephone at the same time. STSN has created a revolutionary "plug and play" solution that permits the guest to easily connect to the Internet using an Ethernet or USB cable.

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