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Gettin fired for the dole

How common is it for American workers to deliberately get fired in order to collect on unemployment insurance?
posted by willie11 on Jul 23, 2014 - 27 answers

I want to be a part-time lover

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]
posted by woodman on Jul 6, 2014 - 13 answers

Gay Tax

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]
posted by latkes on Jun 12, 2014 - 14 answers

Interviewing for current job but new boss. How to make a good decision?

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]
posted by vickyverky on Jun 3, 2014 - 5 answers

My employer increased my hours but is not giving me benefits

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]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2014 - 13 answers

Help with negotiation

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]
posted by anonymous on May 14, 2014 - 12 answers

HRA for self-employed spouse, good idea or not?

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]
posted by diode on Feb 28, 2014 - 0 answers

Getting reimbursed for taxes from job-related tuition benefits

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]
posted by ancient star on Jan 22, 2014 - 14 answers

Help me become a temp

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]
posted by pullayup on Nov 5, 2013 - 24 answers

Benefits, my ass.

Is there ANY way I can cash in my "commuter benefits" debit card? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu on Aug 9, 2013 - 35 answers

Giant hint or am I looking too much into things?

I can be very clueless sometimes, so I need your help: was my friend hinting at me or just making conversation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 15, 2013 - 31 answers

Need info on benefits for newly unemployed, disabled Chicagoan

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]
posted by sldownard on Jun 12, 2013 - 7 answers

How do most married, dual-income couples deal with health insurance?

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.
posted by emily37 on May 17, 2013 - 17 answers

Which retirement plan should I choose?

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?
posted by anonymous on May 8, 2013 - 4 answers

What do you think of these work benefits? And tips for negotiation?

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]
posted by bluelight on Apr 25, 2013 - 7 answers

Job Negotiation 101: State University Edition

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]
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2013 - 8 answers

(Very) small business, how best to offer benefits to first employees?

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]
posted by malphigian on Apr 1, 2013 - 9 answers

do I have to be covered by health insurance when claims are submitted?

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]
posted by scarylarry on Mar 13, 2013 - 8 answers

Questions to ask before an acquisition?

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]
posted by anonymous on Feb 13, 2013 - 15 answers

Lifetime Learning Credit or Similar?

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?
posted by sunshine37 on Jan 26, 2013 - 9 answers

salary advice for entry-level architect just graduating from Harvard

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]
posted by cmp4Meta on Dec 29, 2012 - 14 answers

College Costs

How much of the budget for the average American college or university is allocated to salaries & benefits? [more inside]
posted by chara on Oct 22, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me make sense of my EI entitlements

Can someone explain the EI benefits period to me? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke on Oct 17, 2012 - 3 answers

Help me find this management company for Independent Contractors

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?
posted by Jase on Aug 27, 2012 - 8 answers

Negotiating on benefits: Sure, you can supplement my take-home pay with chocolate.

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]
posted by embrangled on Aug 16, 2012 - 7 answers

Career vs Maybe Baby

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]
posted by anonymous on Jul 4, 2012 - 14 answers

Retirement fund fun!

My 401(k) has changed - any financial gurus able to explain how I am going to be affected? [more inside]
posted by erstwhile on Jun 15, 2012 - 9 answers

I've achieved the perfect FWB situation. Except for that I can't stand him..

I've achieved the absolutely perfect FWB situation. Absolutely perfect aside from the fact that I can't stand him. [more inside]
posted by ad4pt on Jun 4, 2012 - 32 answers

How do we get out of paying for employer insurance during FMLA?

FMLA-Filter: What counts as officially "returned" to work after the 12 week FMLA for maternity leave? [more inside]
posted by amazingstill on Apr 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Maybe they have granted my every wish

Is it ever ok not to negotiate? [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity on Apr 26, 2012 - 24 answers

He's actually very nice.

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]
posted by Madamina on Mar 20, 2012 - 13 answers

How do single income families afford health insurance?

How do single income families afford health insurance? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple on Feb 24, 2012 - 26 answers

Money money money...or benefits?

I'm expecting a formal job offer soon, but the salary is well below market. What "soft" benefits should I ask for instead? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 23, 2012 - 10 answers

Do I have to give the money back?

Can my employer force me to pay back tuition reimbursement if I leave before the required time is up? [more inside]
posted by p. kitty on Feb 9, 2012 - 18 answers

Inclusion of benefits in employment contract?

Should health benefits and who will pay those health benefits be included in an employment contract? [more inside]
posted by Diplodocus on Dec 13, 2011 - 8 answers

More training? But what was this Master's degree for then?

I have questions about the amount of training a professional should get, and how the training and the time spent on training is compensated. [more inside]
posted by garlic on Nov 7, 2011 - 10 answers

The serial monogamist's revenge

Here is one requiring some detailed knowledge of social security benefits. How many ex-spouses can I make eligible for spousal benefits? [more inside]
posted by megatherium on Nov 5, 2011 - 4 answers

Can I use my remaining WIC benefits after I got a new job, before my next certification?

Lost my job (boo!). Got WIC checks for my small children (thanks, America!). Got a new job starting shortly (yay!) What happens with the rest of the WIC checks? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 23, 2011 - 11 answers

Where is Flo when I need her cheery optimism???

I'm in the open enrollment period (also newly married) and am considering switching health insurance -- for the first time ever. I understand the fill-out-the-forms part, but I can't wrap my head around what that means logistically. What's the process? What should I look out for? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Oct 20, 2011 - 6 answers

Double the benefit, double the fun

I can insure my spouse through my employer. My spouse can insure me through his employer. Right now we are just going with the better of the two plans. Is there any reason we would want to sign up for both? [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman on Sep 16, 2011 - 18 answers

I have awful healthcare - can I get domestic partner benefits with my GIRLFRIEND? I'm a boy.

I'm a guy. Can I get domestic partner benefits in California with my girlfriend? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Aug 10, 2011 - 12 answers

The question I dare not ask HR.

Do you lose your health insurance the instant you leave your job? [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess on Aug 9, 2011 - 23 answers

New employer misrepresented vacation in job offer - now what?

My new employer misrepresented my vacation time in my offer. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 30, 2011 - 9 answers

Where do I send this form?

What is the mailing address for VA burial benefits forms? [more inside]
posted by rahnefan on Jul 19, 2011 - 5 answers

Marketing position salary - entry level?

I was recently offered an entry-level job at small marketing firm. What is the going rate for salary and benefits? [more inside]
posted by Jade_bug on May 14, 2011 - 9 answers

Who provides benefits for small businesses?

Our small business (2 principals) is looking to grow by bringing on our first employees and we need to get a benefits package together and we're looking for advice. Looking for recommendations for benefits providers for small businesses. Would like a one stop shop (broker?) if that makes sense. But any advice on hiring your first salaried employee appreciated. [more inside]
posted by bitdamaged on May 4, 2011 - 6 answers

Unemployment Post-Staffing Agency

Am I likely to get unemployment from a staffing agency? [more inside]
posted by brynnwood on Mar 23, 2011 - 7 answers

What are the benefits (to the donor) of a platelet/plasma donation?

What are the benefits (to the donor) of a platelet/plasma donation? [more inside]
posted by MrBCID on Mar 6, 2011 - 14 answers

Best education benefits in the DC area?

What DC and Metro area companies offer the best education benefits for the software engineer/physicist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 2, 2011 - 4 answers

How to go about getting foodstamps

Asking for a friend: can you still get food stamps if you work under the table? Her bf no longer qualifies, but she still needs them. [more inside]
posted by Betty_effn_White on Feb 9, 2011 - 25 answers

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