In personal experience, many programs notionally or popularly perceived to be aimed or benefiting primarily minorities end up making me (white dude) better off as well, e.g. Section 8 housing assistance. I'm trying to identify data and research sources that either support or diminish this claim. [more inside]
After some time away from my regular career (5 years), I am jumping back in. I have been spending time thinking what kind of perks I might look to negotiate in a job. It seems like more people are doing this than 5 years ago; certainly more of my friends have. So what is common? [more inside]
I'm looking for evidence-based information about the health effects of coffee. [more inside]
My American husband's brand new job offers health insurance for the entire family. We (me and our child) are here in the US with him but we are Canadian and our present status is as B2 visitor (we are working on the paperwork for immigration). Are we covered by his plan, can we see a doctor here? More detailed questions inside. [more inside]
How should I decide when I became unemployed (...or who should I ask?) [more inside]
The company I work for is being bought. My current company has lower pay, about the top of the lower quartile. But, it has extremely good vacation benefits, about double most other companies in the region. I realize the answer varies a great deal from person to person, but... In any negotiations, how should I value my vacation? [more inside]
I am an only child in my early 30s; my mom is in her late 50s. I have a good income, while she does not really make a living wage and has no retirement savings or pension. I am committed to taking care of her, and I want to try thinking about our finances in a unified way. [more inside]
I got married recently. Now we're working through the Life Event Change processes of our respective companies. Here's the puzzler: If I'm reading this right, at my company, Medical is $90/month for myself, $300 for myself+spouse. At my wife's company, it's almost the same. This implies that it would be cheaper for both of us to be insured separately than together. What am I missing here?
I am starting maternity leave in a few weeks. My company believes I will be back about 12 weeks after that. I, however, know I am not coming back to this position afterwards. I'm trying to figure out when I should tell my employer in order to still receive full maternity benefits (both from my employer and from the state of California) but also not be a jerk. [more inside]
I took a day off from my library to offer a workshop at a different library. I was paid by that library, so my employer says I don't get to use paid personal leave. Is this true? [more inside]
Specifically, what's it like to work for the state (PA) but through a "vendor"? I have a job offer to work for the State of Pennsylvania, but I would technically be working for what they're calling a "vendor" which I gather is sort of like a staffing agency. My understanding is that I would be employed by the vendor and "placed" at the state agency. Does anyone have any experience with this specifically or a similar working for the government, but technically for someone else arrangement? [more inside]
Hello. I'm looking for projects that extend benefits to people who contribute in a meaningful way. For example, Muckrock allows people to file a few free FOIA requests if people do one of these tasks on their assignment desk. Do you know of any other projects like this?
Are there any Mefites that have worked in the US (as a US citizen) for a Canadian company? How does it work with taxes, benefits, etc? This is going to become a very relevant issue for my wife tomorrow, and Google has not been a lot of help in finding authoritative information. [more inside]
Got laid off yesterday and filed for unemployment. Agency rejected my claim because I'm still eligible for a claim I opened a year prior in a different state for a different job. [more inside]
I travel quite a bit for my profession; about 50% of the time, on my dime, reimbursed. I know of flyertalk along with reddit/r/churning - what I'm really looking for is a "start here" method. I have several travels coming up, including one in the middle east, and I want to be able to maximize whatever benefits I can get. Someone has done this before, right? [more inside]
I highly doubt the President of the United States signs an employment agreement (Does s/he?), but is there any written documentation on the salary, benefits, expense accounts, etc for the job? [more inside]
If my employer forces me to relocate out of town and I refuse, thereby losing my job, would I qualify for unemployment benefits in Texas? [more inside]
This question is about maternity leave benefits (employment insurance) in Canada. Please know I have read everything online that I can and called Service Canada several times, but their recording says that there is such a high volume of calls they can't even put me on hold to talk to a human, it only gives me the option to listen to the recording or hang up. My question is regarding unpaid vacation time that is owed to me but I might not have time to take all of before starting maternity leave. Questions below. [more inside]
How common is it for American workers to deliberately get fired in order to collect on unemployment insurance?
Like most organizations, my company is very stingy when it comes to giving benefits to part-time workers. I'm looking for the best arguments -- moral, financial, practical, or otherwise -- for granting these important employees paid time off in particular (for illnesses, vacation, holidays, bereavement, etc.) "Best" meaning arguments that would be understood and ideally persuasive to management. [more inside]
I hit the holy grail and have a new position with full benefits, including full coverage for domestic partners. I have a partner who lives with me, but we are still fairly newish and are not ready to get married. I have to enroll us in the benefits very soon, like now. The problem is, the queer tax (I guess now the Not-Legally-Married tax) on my partner's benefits. [more inside]
The company I work for is being bought by another company and I have a phone interview this week with the new bosses, who are interested in keeping me on. This is pretty much my dream job already, so keeping it would be great ... but how? [more inside]
I've been working as a part time employee for awhile but recently my hours have been increased for some special projects. I've been working 30-40 hour weeks. I do not get health insurance or any other benefits because I am not considered a full time employee. Are they required to give me benefits at some point? How should I approach this with them? I'm in the US. [more inside]
I just got a job offer (yay!) and I need help with negotiating benefits. Problem being that this is a very small and informal company while I've always worked at large multinationals with clear guidelines for these things. I have no idea how small companies work. [more inside]
I've had a HRA administration company contact me selling their HRA administration plan. Is this a good idea for a spouse who is self-employed. [more inside]
My husband is completing his masters degree at the university where he also works. He gets tuition benefits, but any tuition benefit he receives over $5250 per year is taxable. The university treats those taxes as part of the tuition bill (they are about 37%) and we pay them out of pocket. According to our university, we should be able to get reimbursed for the taxes that we paid, given that the tuition counts as a job related expense. How do we do this? Bonus: how do we do this... on TurboTax? [more inside]
I'd like to leave my relatively stable (but likely dead-end) job for temp work, with the hope of landing in a position with more potential to be a career--or, at least, the potential for occasional promotions. If you've done this, I'd like to hear what worked well for you, what didn't, and what you wish you'd thought of ahead of time. [more inside]
Is there ANY way I can cash in my "commuter benefits" debit card? [more inside]
I can be very clueless sometimes, so I need your help: was my friend hinting at me or just making conversation? [more inside]
A dear friend of mine has gone through a brain injury which has rendered him unable to work in his field for an uncertain amount of time. I'm trying to run down any benefits he might be eligible for so he can keep it together until he recovers. [more inside]
How do most married, dual-income couples deal with health insurance? Should I drop mine and go on his plan? I am recently married. My husband and I are both healthy and have private sector jobs that are reasonably secure. I work for a small (less than 20 employees) company that has so-so health insurance. Husband works for a larger (500 employee) company that has awesome health insurance. Adding me to his health plan would cost about the same as what I pay for my health plan now. I'm planning on joining his health plan, but open enrollment time is coming up at my job, and I'm wondering if I should keep my insurance or drop it. I can afford the premium, but I don't want to be wasting money where I don't need to. Is it good to be double-insured just in case he loses his job? We have no kids, but are planning on them in the next few years.
I find this comparison really confusing. I'm starting the job in August. I'm an early 30s married woman who would like to become pregnant in the next year. The contract only lasts through the end of 2014. I do want to continue on working there, but I have no idea if additional grant money will become available at that time. Which plan would you choose? Or, failing that, which are the important factors to consider?
Fresh architecture grad getting into the job market. Want to know if you can help break down these job benefits so I can better wrap my head around them and tips you might have for negotiation. [more inside]
I am looking at transferring from a corporate job to working for a state university in Iowa. Help me get the best deal. [more inside]
We're about to hire our first few full time folks, and I want to offer them insurance and potentially retirement. Finding a reliable broker (in NYC) seems daunting, so I'm hoping for some advice! [more inside]
If my medical provider submits a claim for treatment that was received while I was insured, but the claim is submitted after my insurance expires, will insurance still pay? (Asking in the US.) [more inside]
My small company is very likely about to be acquired by a larger corporation. I've been invited to submit any questions I might have regarding the outcome - what should I ask? [more inside]
YANMA. I am working full-time and taking part-time classes at the same University where I work. They provide a full tuition waiver and just require me to pay taxes on the amount over $5250, as required by the IRS. These taxes are taken out of my paycheck over 4 months. Can I claim this amount somehow when I file my taxes?
I am about to graduate from Harvard Architecture School (GSD) with an M.Arch. and am trying to think about what to do in terms of next career steps. I've worked in architectural offices over the summers (some prominent ones) and not been too thrilled with the work and am now trying to decide what to do about my career. A factor in my decision is earning potential and salary. [more inside]
How much of the budget for the average American college or university is allocated to salaries & benefits? [more inside]
Can someone explain the EI benefits period to me? [more inside]
While researching healthcare, I came across a firm that works sort of like a back office for independent contractors. You set your rates, clients, but for a fee the billing goes through them, they take out taxes, offer benefits, etc. I can't find the link or recall their name. Help?
I know how to negotiate on salary. Tell be about negotiating on benefits. What have you asked for and received that really sweetened a job offer for you? [more inside]
Woman navigating career and family planning - stay comfortable in a good job or take the risk in a startup? Apologies, a bit long and ranty inside: [more inside]
My 401(k) has changed - any financial gurus able to explain how I am going to be affected? [more inside]
I've achieved the absolutely perfect FWB situation. Absolutely perfect aside from the fact that I can't stand him. [more inside]
FMLA-Filter: What counts as officially "returned" to work after the 12 week FMLA for maternity leave? [more inside]
Is it ever ok not to negotiate? [more inside]
We have a close friend who needs a job solely for the benefits. The catch: he has been out of the work force for five years and isn't particularly social or skilled. Any thoughts? [more inside]
How do single income families afford health insurance? [more inside]