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    Management Decisions - Learning from Prince and His Estate Planning Mistakes
by Alex Menassa and Tim Muma - Jun, 2016
The death of Prince drew tons of attention to his work as a musician and artist, including the number of pieces he had never released. Like many people across the U.S., Prince made some costly mistakes with his estate that will create a burden for his family and his legacy. Alex Menassa, senior financial planner for Szarka Financial, gives Tim Muma insight into how we can learn from Prince's poor planning, and what we should b...
 
    Management Decisions - New Consumer Protection Laws...But Investors Beware
by Les Szarka and Tim Muma - May, 2016
While a certain regulations may be created to protect people, it can create other potential problems for those who aren't aware of all the details. A recent change could have that exact effect, and investors need to be cautious. Les Szarka, founder, co-owner and CEO of Szarka Financial, talks with Tim Muma about the ins and outs of the new rule. Though it certainly is a benefit to investors and their best interests, Les explai...
 
    Management Decisions - Understanding the Value of 529s
by Mark Stratis and Tim Muma - Apr, 2016
There are a variety of ways you can look to save money for yourself and others, particularly if you're interested in helping fund your children's college education. Mark Stratis, senior financial planner for Szarka Financial, joins Tim Muma to discuss the details and benefits of a 529. Mark explains how this goes beyond your traditional savings and the bevy of options it gives you from start to finish. On Management Decisio...
 
    Employment Notebook - The Impact of Procrastinating With Your Retirement Planning
by Rick Martin and Tim Muma - Aug, 2015
Many people put off retirement planning until they see the horizon, which often puts them in a bad spot when the time comes to leave the workforce. Rick Martin, senior financial planner for Szarka Financial, breaks down the ways that delaying your retirement planning can harm you down the road. He explains to Tim Muma how each year of waiting decreases value and increases the chances you'll need to work well past retirement ag...
 
  Ask Deb: Trying To Get A Training Grant
by Debra Wheatman - Jun, 2016
Dear Deb: I have been unemployed for three months. I recently applied for a grant for additional training via my state’s department of labor. In addition to requiring me to track all of my job applications, they are also requiring me to inform my counselor every time I have an interview, so that the counselor can follow up with the person with whom I interviewed in order to verify that I actually had an interview! They are...
 
  ACA Predictions Are Proved False - No Increase in Part-Time Employment
by Alexandra Levit - May, 2016
When the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, first passed, many speculated that there would be an increase in part-time employment. By reducing the work hours of existing full-time employees, or by increasing the number of part-time employees hired, employers could avoid ACA’s mandate that they must offer health insurance to all full-time employees. To briefly recap, the Affordable Care Act provision for employer...
 
  Unethical Employers - Deceptive Practices
by Georgia Adamson - May, 2016
Ever had a company hire you for a job that sounded just right for you–and turned out to be all wrong? It’s possible you didn’t do enough due diligence ahead of time, but on many occasions the fact is that the company was simply unethical in its approach to hiring. Unfortunately, you didn’t find that out until you went to work there. Unethical Hiring Approaches & Deceptive Practices Some common elements seem to be part of...
 
  Women In Business
by Mi'Shon Landry - Feb, 2016
There has been remarkable growth in the number of women of color business owners—and this figure is poised to increase as the women of color population grows. From 1997 to 2013, the number of female-owned firms in the United States grew by 59 %—one-and-a-half times the national average. A closer look at the statistics shows that women of color are the catalyst behind this growth: • African American women-owned businesses gr...
 
  “Shady” Past Hurting Your Job Search?
by Georgia Adamson - Oct, 2015
Career missteps are nothing new–you might even have made one or two yourself. However, if you made a mistake that involved ending up on the wrong side of the law, you’ve probably discovered that it can have a hugely negative impact on your employability–especially in senior-level positions and/or those involving sensitive areas of a company, such as finance. In too many cases, you never have the opportunity to explain the s...
 
  Dealing with Unexpected Job Loss (Part 3)
by Kalindi Garvin - Dec, 2014
First Things First The shock of losing your job can be overwhelming. However, the decisions you make during this time are crucial to making a successful transition to a new position. Unemployment Benefits One of the first things to do after being fired is to check into unemployment insurance benefits. If you are fired from a job, you are generally eligible for unemployment compensation unless your employer proves you...
 
  Discrimination: How to Handle It
by Georgia Adamson - Nov, 2012
It’s Illegal—and It Happens Laws have been passed to make employment discrimination based on numerous factors—such as race, religion and age—illegal. Those laws have been around for a while now, and no company can claim ignorance as an excuse. But discrimination happens—sometimes because of poor training, but too often because companies have gotten sophisticated about how they do it. One of the most common concerns rela...
 
  Can your email get you fired?
by Miriam Salpeter - Nov, 2012
News of events related to the scandal involving General David Patraeus and his affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell reminds us that even the powerful and successful succumb to poor professional judgment. What’s one important lesson for “regular people” to learn? It appears as if inappropriate emails created a paper trail that led to this story breaking in the news. Some agencies reported that Patraeus and Broadwell might...
 
  Self-Plagiarism and Other Ethical Grey Areas
by Alexandra Levit - Oct, 2012
I know a very young and successful business book author named Jonah Lehrer. Lehrer has written two bestselling books and is frequently in the news, but last month it was not for a positive reason. Slate – among other outlets – recently reported that Lehrer had been caught stealing…from himself. “Media watcher Jim Romenesko claimed that Jonah, a newly minted New Yorker staff writer, copied his blog post “Why Smart Pe...
 
  The one thing you need to start your new job
by Mary Sherwood Sevinsky - Mar, 2012
One of my hardest working job search clients got a job offer for not only a good job, but THE JOB he told me he wanted at our first or second meeting. Both of us were on top of the world – back to work! We talked on the phone several times to ensure he was completing everything required of the employer for the hiring process: Drug Screen Completed Drug Screen Passed Formal Application Submitted Background Check...
 
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