San Francisco Bay Area cities are cracking down on free food at Facebook and other tech companies

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    Originally Published by Business Insider By Leanna Garfield Jul 25, 2018, 3:37 PM ET It’s no secret that Facebook employees love their office meals. On Instagram, there are countless photos of free meals, from sushi to tacos to coffee waffles, served at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo

Why You Should Never Stop Learning (Especially At Work)

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By Anne Shaw Originally featured on Imagine you have nearly 15 years of experience under your belt and have earned regular promotions throughout your career. Naturally, you’d probably feel that you were up to speed in your field. That’s

Employee Benefits That Increase Productivity

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Originally published on All Business | Your Small Business Advantage By Jayson DeMers “Keeping your employees productive is one of the most important parts of keeping your business profitable. The happier and less stressed your workers are, the more work they’re

The Importance of Working For A Boss That Supports You

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This article first appeared in Forbes Magazine by Sarah Landrum “Employers seek loyalty and dedication from their employees but sometimes fail to return their half of the equation, leaving millennial workers feeling left behind and unsupported. Professional relationships are built on

In This Economy, Quitters Are Winning

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Appeared in the July 5, 2018, print edition as ‘Economy Spurs Job Hopping.’ By David Harrison and Eric Morath July 4, 2018 7:00 a.m. ET   Kimberly Enoch had a stable job working from home managing grants for a Little Rock,

Goodbye, Geoffrey

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This article first appeared on ABC News By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO, AP RETAIL WRITER NEW YORK — Jun 28, 2018, 9:06 AM ET Toys R Us is closing its last U.S. stores by Friday, the end of a chain known to generations

Impact of Financial Stress on Employees

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What confuses us and worries us – distracts us. Having financially literate employees doesn’t just improve the employees’ personal finances, it can affect their relationships, productivity, and even their health. Imagine the boom in productivity if each of your company’s

Reduce Stress with a Sense of Control

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This article first appeared in the Havard Business Review There’s no question or debate that workplace stress levels are at critical levels and are escalating. The American Institute of Stress (AIS) reveals that 80% of us feel stress on the job and

Tax tips for 2018

Tax season is fast approaching, with everyone’s employer due to send their W-2s by the end of January. Now is the time to start getting ready to file your taxes.

It’s helpful to be mindful of your taxes throughout the year, which will help you stay organized and avoid scrambling every year when tax season rolls around. Here are 10 ways to get a jump start on your taxes now, or anytime of year:

Figure out which forms you’ll need

Since everyone’s financial situation is different, there are many different tax forms that suit these different situations. If you’re unsure which tax form to use, visit the IRS’s website or consult a professional.

Keep all receipts in the same place

If you’re someone who itemizes deductions instead of standard ones, you already know how important it is to store all of your receipts together in the same place. If you lose any, it could cost you. Sort and store them throughout the year to avoid a last-minute scramble.

Store all tax returns together

Since we often have to reference the previous year’s return when preparing the current one, it’s a good idea to make sure you store them all in the same place, whether it’s a desk drawer, filing cabinet, or even a shoebox under your bed.

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Consider filing an extension

It might seem counterintuitive to suggest an extension in a list about being prepared. However, if you file an extension and wait until later in the year, accountants will be less busy and you’ll end up filing in less time. This is also helpful for anyone experiencing any kind of stressful life event, such as those who were involved in any of the hurricanes in Texas, Florida, or Puerto Rico this year.

Review/revise your W-4

If you’ve experienced any life changes from the previous year (adding or losing any family members), ask your employer if you can review your W-4. The IRS actually recommends doing this every year.

Do your research

Are you going to prepare your taxes yourself, or are you going to hire an accountant or tax-preparation service? If you plan to do them on your own, make sure you educate yourself about the deductions you’re entitled to. If you plan to hire someone, check around and make sure they’re reputable.

Save your money

Unless you fill out the 1040EZ form and mail it in yourself, it’s going to cost you money to file your taxes. Some people are happy to pay this to ensure that they’ve done it correctly. You may also still owe taxes in addition to what you’ve already paid in. If you’ve saved for it, it shouldn’t be a problem.

Check your deductions

If you’ve had any major life events this year (bought a house, gotten married, had a child, etc.) you may be entitled to some sizable deductions. It’s a good idea to research all possible deductions to avoid overpaying your taxes.

Choose between itemized and standard deductions

Depending on what type of work you do and your financial situation, you may need to do itemized deductions, where you get credits for everything you’ve spent, rather than taking the standard deduction as dictated by your filing status. If you need to know more, consult a professional.

Track all charitable donations

Charitable donations are tax-deductible, so if you have any monthly or one-off donations, make sure to keep track so that you can deduct these expenses from your taxes.

If you’re concerned about your credit, you can check your three credit reports for free once a year. To track your credit more regularly,’s free Credit Report Card is an easy-to-understand breakdown of your credit report information that uses letter grades — plus you get two free credit scores updated each month.

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Over 50 and a woman? Better get saving for retirement

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by Ivana Kottasová   @ivanakottasova Women who hit 50 without any retirement savings may have to stash away half their paychecks if they want their golden years to be comfortable. The average 50-year old single female New Yorker has to start saving

The Pros and Cons of Financing Options

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A 2015 survey found that nearly half of small employers (with fewer than 500 employees) applied for credit in the previous 12 months. Even though the credit market has become friendlier overall, small companies still have a more difficult time

Student Loans Meet Retirement

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by Bondar&Associates The burden of student loans is typically associated with recent college graduates or young professionals, but the number of consumers age 60 and older with student loan debt quadrupled from 2005 to 2015 (see chart). During this period,

Hot Topic: Full Employment: What Happens Now?

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by Bondar&Associates In April 2017, the nation’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.4%, matching a 10-year low last seen in May 2007. To put this in perspective, the last time the unemployment rate fell below 4.4% was in May 2001, the

Uber CEO takes leave of absence amid crises

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by Seth Fiegerman and Sara Ashley O’Brien   @CNNMoney   Uber’s CEO is stepping aside indefinitely. Travis Kalanick, the CEO and cofounder of Uber, told staff Tuesday he will take time off in order to grieve for his mother, who

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