Does your son or daughter work during the summer or school year? A part-time job can be a great way for your child to learn about financial responsibility. It can also teach a valuable lesson about owing taxes. In addition to explaining why the government takes money from kids’ paychecks, parents may need to help… Continue reading

First the old news: Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), employers with at least 50 employees (or full-time equivalents) are required to provide health benefits and pay for a good portion of the cost. And many smaller employers that aren’t required to offer health coverage do so anyway. Why? They may do it to compete… Continue reading

For many couples, summer is the quintessential time to tie the knot. The weather is warm, the flowers are blooming, and nature offers plentiful backdrops for photos. But there’s more than the ceremony to consider when a couple merges their lives, including taxes and other financial issues. Though finances aren’t necessarily a romantic topic, some… Continue reading

The so-called “gig economy” challenges conventional practices between companies and the people who perform the work. A key question is: Are these workers independent contractors or employees? The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently published a new wage and hour opinion letter, spelling out its position with respect to a specific virtual marketplace company (VMC).… Continue reading

“Many families are uninformed about the cost of attending college,” claims a recent study by the National Center for Education Statistics, part of the U.S. Department of Education’s research division. Only 11% of high school freshmen could accurately estimate the cost of college tuition in their state. Of those that gave the wrong answer, 57%… Continue reading

Despite record-breaking low unemployment rates, “age discrimination remains a significant and costly problem for workers, their families and our economy,” says a report from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). More than 50 years after the passage of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), employers still wrestle with these issues. The EEOC report highlights… Continue reading

It’s almost Tax Day! But don’t despair; there still may be time to make some moves that will save taxes for your 2018 tax year. Here are five tax-saving ideas to consider. 1. Choose to Deduct State and Local Sales Taxes  If you live in a jurisdiction with low or no personal income tax or… Continue reading

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) recently finished several investigations aimed at employers. The agency announced that seven different employers had violated federal laws involving minimum wages, overtime calculations, family and medical leave, the tip credit and work visas. Here are brief descriptions of the cases. 1. Minimum wage violations. A… Continue reading