In a survey of 400 advertising and marketing executives and 400 office workers commissioned by The Creative Group earlier this year, 39 percent of executives said they believed productivity would increase if employees had unlimited time off.

WorkZone: How does unlimited vacation sound? Some companies are trying it out

LinkedIn is among the companies offering employees as much time off as they’d like, with the understanding they still get their work done.

about 19 hours ago

 Mike Mitrisin, supervisor of workforce development for Duquesne Light, talks about the Duquesne Light Woods Run training center while workers practice safety and rescue operations behind him at the Beaver Avenue facility in late October.

With microgrid experiment, Duquesne Light and Pitt try to change century-old system

A microgrid is a localized power system that feeds a single building or neighborhoods with its own source of generation.

about 19 hours ago

 Bob Mock, an instructor for Ice & Blades Figure Skating, gives a lesson to R.J. Springer of Raccoon and Jessica Wasik of Aliquippa at the Alpha Ice Complex in Harmar.

Pittsburgh loves ice skating, but how many rinks might prove too many?

In a region already supporting about 30 ice rinks, some industry insiders are wondering if the market is reaching oversaturation.

about 19 hours ago

Len Boselovic’s Heard off the Street: A dose of direct-to-consumer drug ads not what the doctor ordered

Suffering with the heartbreak of psoriasis? Call your doctor in the morning and tell him what to prescribe.

about 19 hours ago

Your Office Coach: Avoid extremes, seek common ground

An adversarial relationship could bring a career to a sudden end.

about 19 hours ago

 Some visitors to Target’s site today, Cyber Monday, were greeted with the message: “Please hold tight. So sorry, but high traffic’s causing delays.”

Target site stumbles on Cyber Monday, locking out some users

Some visitors to Target’s site were greeted with the message: “Please hold tight. So sorry, but high traffic’s causing delays.”

about 7 hours ago

Obituary: David A. Murdoch / Attorney was honorary German consul

Mr. Murdoch, a K&L partner, had a lifelong attachment to global affairs. He witnessed the Berlin Wall rise as a student, and fall in 1989.

about 13 hours ago

Pa. Supreme Court: For Highmark Medicare Advantage members, UPMC facilities, docs will remain in-network

Ruling will allow 182,000 seniors to avoid paying heftier out-of-network rates.

about 2 hours ago

EPA boosts amount of ethanol in gasoline supply

The EPA on Monday issued a final rule designed to increase production of ethanol to be blended with gasoline through 2016.

about 4 hours ago

 The app in Pennsylvania came partly in response to a series of cases in which the ACLU alleged retaliation by Philadelphia police officers against those who watch or record police activity.

Mobile app allows recordings of police interactions in Pennsylvania

Smartphone users can use the app to record a video and send it to the American Civil Liberties Union.

about 19 hours ago

 Darshan Sharma.

People on the move: 11/29/2015


about 19 hours ago

Don Lindich's Sound Advice: Hunting for high-end headphones

Spending $500 does not get you the best, but it’s close.

about 19 hours ago

 Sasha and Chris Heinz in 2009.

Pittsburgh's charms attract another young professional: Christopher Heinz

Praising the “sense of community that’s more meaningful in Pittsburgh,” Mr. Heinz is coming to town. Let the political speculation begin.

1 day ago

 Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto chats Saturday with Michelle Lancet, left, co-owner of Spool Fabric Shop at her store in Allentown.

Rising Allentown shines on Small Business Saturday

Mayor Bill Peduto was on hand for an event to showcase the development of the business district in the Hilltop area.

1 day ago

 Steve Shelton from the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh stands in front of paneling of reused woods built by his students.

Project RE uses reclaimed materials to restore lives

Collaboration brings construction trade trainees and CMU architecture students together for social enterprise.

1 day ago

Stocks inch higher in quiet trading, but Disney falters

Stocks didn’t have much momentum in a week of light trading. U.S. markets were closed Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday, and closed at

2 days ago

 Las Vegas-based discount carrier Allegiant Air shows up on the naughty list this year with most consumers unhappy with heavy fees.

Consumer Reports rounds up the good and the bad in annual review of company behavior

Santa’s not the only one keeping tabs on misbehavior this holiday season.

2 days ago

 Retailers, like those at The Mall at Robinson, above, are offering discounts to attract holiday shoppers to their stores during Black Friday weekend.

Shoppers, retailers navigate sale frenzy

The National Retail Federation estimates that about 135.8 million consumers will be shopping during the four-day weekend.

2 days ago

 Margaret Cerra works on uneven surfaces with the guidance of physical therapist Mike Tardio during her third week of therapy after having hip replacement surgery at AGH.

Home care program aims to cut hospital readmission rates

Communication between hospitals and post-acute care providers is getting new attention as Medicare escalates penalties against hospitals.

3 days ago

 Homewood Suites by Hilton opened in the Strip District Nov. 5.

Concord planning more hotels across Pittsburgh region

In the last two decades, Mark Laport’s company has erected 13 hotels in the Pittsburgh area. And it’s not done.

3 days ago

 A Target shopper uses her iPhone to compare prices at Walmart during Black Friday weekendof  2014 in South Portland, Maine.

More consumers going mobile to do their holiday shopping

Mobile devices could account for more than 40 percent of transactions this holiday season.

3 days ago

 With the Dec. 7 end of the current Medicare open enrollment period looming, many seniors find themselves navigating through plans that are either more expensive than they’d hoped, or too narrow for the medications they need.

Medication costs 'more of an issue' than years past for Pennsylvania seniors

With the Dec. 7 end of the Medicare open enrollment period, many are worried more about drug costs going up than potential hospital costs.

4 days ago

Black Friday retailers pile on discounts to lure shoppers

About 135.8 million Americans are expected to shop in stores or online over the four-day weekend.

4 days ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf signs an executive order restoring a moratorium on new drilling leases involving public lands, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at the Benjamin Rush State Park in Philadelphia. T

Court to hear case on Pa.’s conservation duty

An environmental organization is challenging the practice of opening state forests to drilling and using the windfall to fill budget gaps.

4 days ago

 The 2016 Honda HR-V is a small crossover slightly smaller than the CR-V, and part of a hot new vehicle segment.

Scott Sturgis' Driver's Seat: Honda HR-V is more like big Civic than smaller CR-V

Honda HR-V vs. Mazda CX-3 vs. Kia Soul vs. Buick Encore: Small crossover four-way.

4 days ago

 Audio-Technica AT-LP60 turntable, $99

Seeking gift ideas? Here are a few favorite tech things

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to give an absolutely fantastic technology gift. Here are 10 products under $100.

4 days ago

End of Perkins loans will send students scrambling for college aid

Calling the Perkins loan program costly and overly complicated, the Senate allowed the program to expire Sept. 30.

5 days ago

 Steam and exhaust gases obscure the sun near the power station Lippendorf, south of Leipzig, eastern Germany. German financial group Allianz SE says it will over the next six months decrease investments in companies using coal and boost funding on those focused on wind power. CEO Oliver Baete said Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 that Allianz will no longer invest in companies if more than 30 percent of sales come from coal mining or if they generate more than 30 percent of electricity from coal.

German financial giant Allianz slashes coal investments

Allianz, one of the world’s largest financial asset managers, said it will boost funding for companies focused on wind power.

5 days ago

Indiana Regional Medical Center to partner with MedCare; Alcoa names CEO for split with metals-making business

More news from Michigan, Fiat Chrysler; Comcast; and Consumer confidence.

5 days ago

 The Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance estimates charities collect one-third of their donations in the last quarter of the year.

Donor beware: Fake charities prey on your holiday spirit

As consumers get caught up in the holiday season of giving and goodwill, their defenses go down, according to some experts.

5 days ago

Higher OSHA fines coming for violations at workplaces

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration next year will dole out higher fines for the first time since 1990.

5 days ago

 Karen Stilley grew up in Pittsford, N.Y., and attended Penn State University in a joint bachelor’s and master’s degree program.

Newsmaker you should know / Hempfield mom creates website of kid-friendly activities

My Fun Maven, a website created by Karen Stilley of Hempfield, is attracting about 2,500 visitors looking for activities for children.

5 days ago

 The Harrisburg Incinerator on South 19th Street in Harrisburg

Clean Power Plan prompts trash fight in Pennsylvania

The government’s plan to cut the power sector’s carbon emissions has spurred a skirmish between companies who turn waste into energy.

6 days ago

 Dan Harding, an East End medical research coordinator, has developed software that allows people to compare health plans.

Pittsburgh man develops software that aims to become 'Turbo Tax' of health care

Dan Harding has developed software that compares health plans, which could be helpful during the open enrollment periods now underway.

6 days ago

 A 798-space parking garage on the North Shore will be built on the North Shore next to Heinz Field. The garage will cost an estimated $15 million and net 600 new spaces, taking into account those in Lot 1 being lost to the construction.

Another parking garage to go up next to Heinz Field

The stadium authority is giving the Pirates and Steelers another year to start their next development — a 250-unit residential and retail

6 days ago

 Pennsylvania Power and Light power lines weave their way over Bald Eagle Mountain in Williamsport.

State's largest customers ask to do energy efficiency on their own

A bill in the state Senate would let large commercial and industrial customers opt out of Act 129, the state’s energy efficiency law.

6 days ago

 Gladstone Middle School building at 327 Hazelwood Ave.

City school board approves sale of Gladstone Middle School building

The school, which has been vacant for 14 years, is bought by a realty company representing a collaboration of youth-service organizations.

5 days ago

Emails reveal Coke's role in anti-obesity group

Coca-Cola Co. CEO Muhtar Kent said in a statement that “it has become clear to us that there was not a sufficient level of transparency.

6 days ago

 In abandoning a new headquarters at the arena site, U.S. Steel will stay in the 450,000 square feet of space it leases in the building that bears its name on Grant Street.

U.S. Steel's withdrawal from redevelop plan keeps Downtown office market tight

The decision is good news for Downtown landlords, who will be able to keep charging higher rents for their office space.

6 days ago

 CVC, Canada pension plan to buy Petco

COO of Allegheny Health Network to retire; North Versailles cyber cafe ordered to close

More news from MG Development; Alcoa; State DEP; Airmall at Pittsburgh International Airport; TrueCar Inc. and Petco.

6 days ago

 Former H.J. Heinz Co. chief executive officer Anthony J.F. O’Reilly

Former Heinz CEO Anthony J.F. O’Reilly declares bankruptcy

Mr. O’Reilly, who left the Heinz CEO role in 1998 but remained as chairman until 2000, was first reported to be considering bankruptcy in

6 days ago

Temps can sue companies for bias in workplace

Companies contracting with employment agencies can be held liable for temporary employees’ discrimination claims, an appeals court rules.

6 days ago

 The Bruce Mansfield Power Plant, FirstEnergy's largest coal-fired plant, in Shippingport.

What happens when coal plants move from leaders to followers?

With wind and natural gas, the electricity power market has been turned upside down and coal has gone from leader to load follower.

6 days ago

Business workshop: High court gives relief on insurance loophole

A recent decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court closes an insurance loophole for companies sued by injured workers.

6 days ago

 Benjamin Hargraves, 9, gives his grandmother, Mary Robison, a hug.

Stress takes a bite out of 'Sandwich Generation'

Many Pittsburghers are raising children and caring for aging parents while struggling to keep up with expenses and save for retirement.

1 week ago

For Pittsburgh woman, dedication to Publishers Clearing House begat nightmare

A woman living on Social Security was scammed out of $16,000, most of it borrowed, by a Jamaica-based ruse over the telephone.

1 week ago

Illinois plant idled as problems persist for U.S. Steel

Struggling steel producer blames “fluctuating oil prices, reduced rig counts ... depressed steel prices and unfairly traded imports.”

1 week ago

Pittsburgh gasoline prices approach 6-year low ahead of Thanksgiving

A gallon is approaching $2.30, its lowest price since May 2009 in the Pittsburgh region.

1 week ago

Pfizer and Allergan’s $160 billion pharmaceutical merger puts new twist on tax-avoiding inversions

The merger would create the world’s largest drugmaker with high-profile products such as Botox, Lipitor and Viagra.

6 days ago