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DemocratandChronicle .com Sunday,October18,2015 Page3E JEFF GILBERT Company: Rochester Magnet. New job: Director of sales and marketing. Previous job: Merlin Digital Printing Solutions. Home: Pittsford. ALEX WIATER Company: Innovative Solutions. New job: Systems administrator. Previous job: Fusion Productions. Home: Fairport. ANTHONY CICOTTA Company: Davie Kaplan, CPA P.C. New job: Auditing manager. Previous job: Audit and accounting senior. Home: Rochester. MARC HASCHAK Company: Herrick-Saylor Engineers P.C. New job: Structural engineer . Pr evious job: RKW Engineering P.C. Home: Rochester. KEN FOWLER Company: AJL Manufacturing Inc. New job: Quality assurance manager. Previous job: Dayton Rogers. Home: Hamlin. ELISA F. BAILEY Company: The Goddard School. New job: Lead teacher and special programs/events coordinator . Pr evious job: Lead teacher. Home: Rochester. On the move To submit your new hires or promotions, use our form at http://on.rocne.ws/OTMove Agrandma who poisoned a relative with a ham. An employee stuck under a bed. Someone else who broke an arm while reaching for a sandwich. The excuses for calling in sick to work are endless and often outrageous. After all, who pokes themselves in the eye while combing their hair? Nearly 40 percent of employees called in sick when feeling well in the past year, up from 28 percent a year earlier, according to Career- Builder’s annual study on the most absurd excuses for calling in sick. CareerBuilder is a partner of the Democrat and Chronicle Media Group. And gee, some of excuses do sound silly. How about needing time to go dumpster-diving for personal belongings thrown away after a spouse caught someone cheating, or helping to free a cat stuck inside the dashboard of a car? Both appeared on the survey conducted by the Harris Poll earlier this year of more than 5,600 workers, hiring managers and human resource professionals. Another lame excuse reported on the survey? Having to go to the beach for more vitamin D — doctor’s orders. “I don’t know if I have ever heard anything that far-fetched, but I have heard a grandmother story before and, ironically, you learn later that their grandmother has already passed,” said Kara Palumbo, director of HR services for ER Associates, a Penfield-based career and staffing placement service firm. “Maybe somebody wakes up in the morning and they just don’t really want to go to work. We have all had those days.” Some workers calling in sick, of course, actually don’t feel well (27 percent). But the same percentage of people said they didn’t feel like going to work. Others said they needed time to relax, catch up on sleep or blamed bad weather for not making it to work. “I called in to let my boss know I would be late because I was going to the ER to see if I needed stitches from opening my car and hitting my head,” said Melisa Beauchesne, aRochester resident. “I made it to work, but my boss didn’t believe the reason why I was late. He asked if I needed to talk to our employee assistance program.” Midnight Janitorial owner Angella Luyk has heard several different excuses over the years, i ncluding the time a worker called i n sick after a fight with a boyfriend. There also was a call about a hamster that wouldn’t eat. Lame excuses for calling in sick can prove costly TODD CLAUSEN WORK LIFE SeeLAME,Page4E Business ConNextions Success stories and solutions for small business A nother change in ownership of a nearly 100-year-old manufac- t urer has the company again thinking it can further its global p osition with the help of a small Genesee County town. M anagement of Lapp Insulators, which employs about 130 people in L e Roy and is the third-largest supplier of high-voltage insulators in the world, said the company will become stronger with its recent acquisition by Pfisterer, a Germany-based firm. Financial terms were n ot disclosed. “We like that the additional products that they bring to us help complement our strong market presence in the U.S., a nd as a result, can mean very positive things for our employees here in New York,” said Rob Johnson, managing director and chief operating officer of Lapp. Pfisterer officials do not expect big changes in Le Roy as a result of the ac- q uisition, which was announced earlier t his month. “With specific regard to Le Roy, no major changes are planned in the fore- s eeable future,” said Andreas Martin, a spokesman for the company. Pfisterer said purchasing Lapp and its Genesee County manufacturing site will allow the company to jump into the g rowing American electrical utility business with a complete supply of products for the overhead power line market and other related areas. Currently, Lapp makes high-voltage electric insulators used in transmission lines, power plants and power substa- t ions. “ Investment in the U.S. power grid has been growing over the past years, and our product set serves that core CARLOS ORTIZ STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERCARLOS ORTIZ/@CFORTIZ_DANDC/STAFF FILE PHOTO Group leader Ed Hodgdon of Warsaw stamps line posts at LAPP Insulators in LeRoy in 2011. Lapp Insulators has been bought by Pfisterer, a Germany-based firm, with the goal of the helping it grow even more quickly. Pfisterer buys L app Insulators f irm in Le Roy TODD CLAUSEN @TODDJCLAUSEN “We like that the additional products that they bring to us help complement our strong market presence in the U.S., and as a result, can mean very positive things for our employees here in New York.” ROB JOHNSON MANAGING DIRECTOR AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER OF LAPP SeeLAPP,Page5E The right support for growing a successful business. esl.org > 585.336.1000 > 20 branches BUSINESS BANKING Mike Bechtold, ESL customer and president of OptiPro Systems, with his chief ﬁnancial oﬃcer, Tim Ansaldi. Hear his story and others at esl.org/ESLMoments. Membership subject to eligibility. ESL is a registered service mark of ESL Federal Credit Union.