IRS Has New W-4 Coming Next YearRead the rest of this entry »
Big changes are coming to the form employers use to know how much federal income tax to withhold.
Two years ago, when Congress enacted the sweeping changes of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, it eliminated personal and dependent exemptions. Previously, these exemptions were typically reflected on the W-4 workers filled out to tell payroll how much tax to take out of their paycheck.
Now, the IRS has ...
More Jobs For Vets, But Women LagRead the rest of this entry »
This Veteran's Day brings good job news for the nation's veterans. The unemployment rate for veterans of what's called Gulf War Era II -- the period after 9/11 -- has fallen to 3.5%, just slightly over the 3.3% reported for the nation as a whole. For all veterans, the unemployment rate is 3.0%.
Eight years ago the unemployment rate for the Gulf II vets was 15.2%, prompting ...
Fecal Transplants May Be More Effective Than AntibioticsRead the rest of this entry »
One of the unfortunate consequences of a course of antibiotics is that besides killing off the infection for which they were prescribed, they also kill off "good bacteria."
These good bacteria live mostly in the human gut, helping the body metabolize food, fight off bad microbes, produce vitamin K and, researchers are just beginning to discover, can do even more. Studies are finding that gut bacteria may predict susceptibility ...
Why Does Pizza Taste So Good?Read the rest of this entry »
Pizza is arguably America's favorite food. 21% of us would eat only pizza if we had to for the rest of our lives. "Billions and billions" of hamburgers may have been sold, but we gobble down 350 slices of pizza every second and 40% of us eat pizza at least once a week.
What is it about pizza that makes it so addicting? That's what 5 year-old Annika ...
Failure Now Can Mean Success LaterRead the rest of this entry »
So you didn't get into the college you wanted. You didn't get the job. You missed out on the promotion. Don't despair. There's solid evidence that you'll be better off in the long run.
A trio of researchers at Northwestern University found that setbacks early in your career can be just the motivation you need to shine later. Writing in the journal Nature Communications, the team found, "Despite an early ...
Offshoring Legal Work Is a Fast Growing TrendRead the rest of this entry »
Outsourcing legal work has been around for so long now that calling it a trend seems a stretch. Even some of the largest law firms will farm out document review and litigation support.
Offshoring this work is, however, legitimately called a trend.
Outsourcing administrative and routine legal paperwork to paralegals is not an uncommon practice. Nor is outsourcing research and legal analysis. Temp firms with a legal specialty division routinely ...
Liberal Arts Grads Are as Likely to Have Business Careers as AnyoneRead the rest of this entry »
The last time we wrote about the employment prospects of humanities majors, the news was discouraging. A study by the New York Federal Reserve found half of recent English major grads were underemployed.
Our post was tempered by reports that employers were awakening to the advantages an educationally diverse workforce offered.
Now comes "Degrees at Work," a broader, more extensive study than the Fed's, which tells us the ...
Survey Finds Employees Dread Benefits Open EnrollmentRead the rest of this entry »
Who would have thought open enrollment would be so painful that a third of workers would rather talk about their weight than their benefits. Yet that's what a MetLife survey of 1,000 workers found.
In fact, almost half of workers dread the process almost as much as they do asking for a raise and only a little less than renewing their driver's license.
Dreading the process is one thing ...
Majority of Workers Don't Expect to Change JobsRead the rest of this entry »
Tomorrow the government reports its preliminary employment numbers for September. At 125,000 to about 130,000, analysts are predicting the month had one of the smallest increases in new private sector jobs this year.
However their guesses turnout, it will have no effect on the tight labor market. If anything, a report last week from the global consulting firm Gartner suggests hiring is about to get even more difficult ...
Break the 'Hi, How Are You' Conversation DeadendRead the rest of this entry »
Is there anything more conversationally uncomfortable than a co-worker who welcomes you with a "Hi, how are you?" and actually wants an answer? A real one.
The New York Times tells us that with a little planning there's a way to turn the "How are you? Great, how are you?" loop into a real conversation and in the process learn to get comfortable with office small talk.