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Aug 01st


More will be eligible for Earned Income Tax Credits in 2009 tax season

The upcoming tax filing season brings several tax credit changes due to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) that will increase tax refunds for many. A major change for low- to moderate-income families is the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). ARRA legislation increased eligibility for those with three or more eligible children in the household.

Comcast and the National Black Caucus of State Legislators partner to expand broadband adoption among African Americans

The Comcast Foundation announced that it has made a $50,000 grant to the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) to form the NBCSL/Comcast Broadband Legislative Fellowship in order to increase efforts to conduct research and develop solutions regarding broadband adoption among African Americans.

Financial resolutions you can live with

At this time of year, many people pause to reflect on what they’d like to change about their lives going forward – lose a few pounds, take a class, spend more time with the kids. Often, these goals revolve around personal finances.

Choosing the right Medicare drug plan

Prescription drug costs can take a double toll on retirees, who often live on fixed incomes and are also likely to need more – and more costly – medications as they get older. That's why the government created Medicare Part D, a voluntary program that subsidizes prescription drugs for Medicare recipients.

(Plan Your Career) 2010 salaries: Lucky to be working? You should still expect fair pay

Marcus writes:  I have been asked to prepare the 2010 budget for my new purchasing department  - mainly departmental salaries.  I want to research what we should be paying as I suspect we are ALL underpaid because we were all hired during the down economy.  My buyers are asking for more and I, too, feel underpaid.

Mortenson honors firms for workforce diversity

Mortenson Construction recognized 24 subcontractors, who exceeded their workforce diversity goals by hiring minorities and women to build the TCF Bank Stadium and Target Field. A recognition ceremony was held Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at Mortenson Construction’s headquarters in Minneapolis.

(Plan Your Career) Motivate employees when money is tight

One of my favorite recruiting projects was also the most challenging.  I was responsible for providing over 100 accountants to an international firm during a time when, unlike now, no one was looking for work.  When my team seemed close to giving up, I casually initiated the Where’s Waldo trophy.  I took a Waldo figurine from my kid’s happy meal and put it on a file cabinet where it was easily seen by everyone on the team. Each time someone filled a position, they got to keep Waldo at their desk – until someone else filled a position.  This was cheap, easy, fun competition and it was an absurdly effective motivator.  
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