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Help my mom not get screwed out of her pension

My mom worked for a county agency for over ten years. Now that she'd like to retire, she's noticed that random months of her pension's retirement credits are missing from the agency's records (for months she did in fact work) - these credits total almost a year of retirement. The agency claims that the records from that long ago have been destroyed, and they can't help her show that she actually did work these months. What government agency could help her solve this problem so she doesn't get screwed out of her retirement? Is there anyone who keeps monthly records of employees' work hours? [more inside]
posted by leitmotif on Jul 10, 2014 - 23 answers

My paycheck shrunk about 10% from last time because of withholding. Why?

I originally got paid for a one week interval and 22% of my paycheck was deducted for taxes. Now, I'm getting paid in two-week intervals and 31% of my paycheck is being deducted. The money is disappearing into withholding. Why did my paycheck shrink, even though my pay rate hasn't? I have not changed my withholding allowances. [more inside]
posted by WCF on May 15, 2014 - 7 answers

Employer reveals they've been inadvertently underpaying me for years

Due to an accounting error, my employer has not been paying me my full salary for the last several years. I'm in sales, and I get paid on commission, so my paycheck fluctuates month to month - I never even noticed my paycheck was always secretly slightly less than what it should have been. My employer just discovered their error and told me immediately. Which I hugely respect. We have a good employment relationship and we'd all like it to continue. They're saying they now owe me about $145k plus interest, and are prepared to write me a check, but they know this raises some tax issues for me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 17, 2014 - 20 answers

Getting It Gone. Paying Off Student Loan?

I have somewhere around $60,000.00 of student loan debt. Its all one loan consolidated with the US government but managed by a private company called Ed Financial. I would like to try negotiating a pay off for less than what is due. Details and further questions inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 25, 2014 - 13 answers

My New Strategy: Advice on a relatively small student loan?

I have always paid for my school out of pocket. I need to pay for about $3,000 in school fees so I can try and finish my BA. I did the FAFSA, but my school has me on financial aid cancellation because I haven’t made ‘significant progress’ and completed my degree in the time allotted. How do I find a good, reasonable loan so I can get to the finish line and not have much debt? [more inside]
posted by Driven on Jan 23, 2014 - 18 answers

Writing an "as told by" article, should I divide my compensation?

Asking for a friend. Friend interviewing a source for an article and wanted to publish it as an interview. He pitched it to a paper and the paper wants him to right a story in the form of "as told by." So the article reads like a narrative by the source but is written by my friend. He has never written anything like this before and wonders whether or not he should pay some of what he's paid for the article to the source?
posted by melissam on Jan 17, 2014 - 2 answers

not playing around

How do I pay taxes on the game show winnings I received? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 5, 2014 - 17 answers

Tell me how to ask my work whether I get paid during holiday

Just shy about it and want to minimize awkwardness [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Dec 16, 2013 - 29 answers

What Salary.com IT job category am I, really?

So my annual review will be coming up in a few months. My job title is "Software Support Engineer." I'm making something in the 30-40k range, which is a good amount for someone with as little experience as I've got (I just started in IT about 2 years ago.) Prepping for my annual review, I bought one of those Salary.com employer salary survey reports. Median pay listed for a "Software Support Engineer I" is $63k! Am I underpaid, or am I really a "Technical Support Representative II" or whatever, and just have a cool job-title? [more inside]
posted by UrbanEye on Dec 8, 2013 - 16 answers

How much to charge for part-time film lecturer position?

[HowMuchShouldIChargeFilter]: I've recently been asked to teach a filmmaking course in New York on a part-time basis by a private start-up. What to charge? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by war wrath of wraith on Nov 30, 2013 - 8 answers

What is the best way to ask for pay when my employer takes vacation?

(Posting on behalf of a friend and sending them a link to the thread. I can relay updates as needed). I am a nanny caring for a three-year old in the Boston area. The family I currently work for is leaving for two weeks during Christmas vacation. I expect that I won't work during that time and I won't get paid. I would've requested the first week off anyway because I am traveling with my family. but the second week I would have chosen to work had they been here. Is it fair for me to ask for compensation for the second week? If so, can you recommend how I can word this request so it doesn't sound like a demand? I've been writing it down and talking it out and I can't seem to come up with the right words.
posted by carpographer on Nov 27, 2013 - 20 answers

School bus drivers workday pay.

I live in Boston where public school bus drivers are threatening to strike. They pickup kids and drive them to school and return they home at the end of the day. Are they paid for the down time between runs or are they only paid for actual driving time?
posted by BillyAnne on Nov 4, 2013 - 3 answers

Hourly Pay Reduction in South Carolina

My pay got cut. For the paycheck starting October 13. I sort of just found out today. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2013 - 13 answers

How much will the surgical practice get for doing a procedure?

Negotiating self pay medical bill. I want to have an idea of how much the surgical practice/surgeon would have been paid if the patient had had insurance. How much will they get if they hire a collection agency? Do they get a percentage or just sell the debit for a fixed price? The patient is being billed 1850.00 self pay for the procedure. The procedure was at a major Boston hospital and the patient is being billed self pay due to a temporary lapse in subsidized insurance. The hospital has already written off the bill. The billing date was sometime around the end of March 2013. The patient has been told by the billing organization that represents the surgeon that they have to deal directly with the surgeon or their practice.
posted by flummox on Aug 27, 2013 - 4 answers

How much should an editor of an online publication be paid?

If I want to hire an editor to manage the blog for my ad-driven website, how much should the pay be if it's full-time? What about part-time? Other than creating and managing content, managing writers (and bringing on new ones), and promoting the blog and the site on social media, is there anything else I should list in a online editor's duties? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 20, 2013 - 4 answers

Salary discrimination. Looking for advice to help a coworker negotiate.

The new hire is making more than someone who has been there for years and is still doing most of the work. What should I tell my coworker so that she can negotiate a fair salary? [more inside]
posted by adapt on Aug 3, 2013 - 26 answers

Pay-What-You-Can for Non-Profits

I work with a local non-profit advocacy organization that is working on changing behaviors (promoting walking & biking in town). We charge for membership, but recently someone suggested we expand our membership by making it a pay-what-you-can (or want) sort of system and possibly we would have more cash and volunteers to work with. Can someone point me to articles/books/anything about how has worked for other non-profits or businesses?
posted by katinka-katinka on Jul 27, 2013 - 7 answers

How much should I bill my landlord for maintenance work?

My landlord asked me to stain the deck and paint the front door. I have no handyman qualities, but said I'd do it. They asked how much they should pay me on an hourly basis for doing it. I have no idea. Suggestions?
posted by BradNelson on Jul 18, 2013 - 15 answers

Calculating California state income tax withholding

I feel like this should be really easy, but I'm coming up with a non-sensical result. I am considering taking a job that would involve a pay cut (long story, I promise it's worth it). I am trying to calculate what my actual paycheck would be. I'm using the paycheck calculator at Paycheckcity.com to figure this out. But the number it's giving me for California state income tax doesn't seem right. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2013 - 2 answers

Can companies demand employees sign a severance agreement for last pay?

A good friend left a company I work with under weird circumstances and said he's not allowed to discuss it the terms of his severance, but seems really unhappy and bitter about it. Through the comments of other people at the company, I strongly suspect that the "severance" he had to sign a nondisclosure agreement for is actually only pay he was legally owed - pay for his unused vacation time and reimbursements for authorized expenses while on the job. If this is true, was it legal for them to demand this in exchange for cutting him his last check? Bonus: what is his legal recourse if this happened some time ago? [more inside]
posted by corb on Apr 12, 2013 - 19 answers

How much should estate planning cost?

What would you expect to pay a lawyer for a suite of estate planning/healthcare documents that are more or less standard forms (i.e., no complicated trusts, just everything going to the other spouse)? I'm in Boston, but data points from comparably priced areas are welcome. Also, are there documents I'm forgetting in the list inside? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Mar 28, 2013 - 9 answers

Is it OK to take my kid's money as punishment for cursing?

Was I wrong to take my son's money as punishment for cursing? [more inside]
posted by shelayna on Jan 10, 2013 - 113 answers

Should I mention how little pay I would work for?

I'm willing to work an internship for little or no pay. Should I mention this fact or would it come off as desperate and unprofessional? [more inside]
posted by WCF on Jan 5, 2013 - 10 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

If you use a coupon at a chain hair salon does the stylist get paid any less?

If you use a coupon at a chain hair salon does the stylist get paid any less? [more inside]
posted by aerotive on Oct 17, 2012 - 1 answer

How should I negotiate?

I have two initial interviews next week at two different companies. Both with the HR person for basically the screening interview. I am very well qualified for both positions and I don’t want to not even get past the first interview because my salary expectations answer is wrong. I am looking for actual scripts on what to say because I don’t know how to phrase this and I want to practice this weekend. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 12, 2012 - 11 answers

To Pay or Not To Pay

Do people usually pay a relative for babysitting? [more inside]
posted by daydreamer on Oct 2, 2012 - 45 answers

Proper etiquette for an unsolicted merit raise

What is proper "thank you" etiquette when given an unsolicited raise based on merit? [more inside]
posted by Fezboy! on Jul 18, 2012 - 22 answers

Revising our dream: how to find work that can be done from anywhere in the US

Work to live. How to find jobs we can do from anywhere in the US (or ideally anywhere in the world). Bonus for attorney jobs. [more inside]
posted by semacd on Jul 13, 2012 - 11 answers

How much should I charge per episode of an online animated show?

An entertainment company is interested in an online animated comedy series I'm creating. How much should I ask per episode? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 31, 2012 - 6 answers

How to handle not getting paid?

The people I work with are great but I've now missed multiple paychecks. Has anyone been in this situation before? What is your advice on how to best deal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 11, 2012 - 33 answers

What is fair compensation at a start-up?

I'm a medical student, taking a year off before residency. During the year, I'm going to be working for a new start up that creates medical apps. I will be creating content for their apps and working on their social media strategy. Does anyone have any ideas about how I can determine what I should be paid, and/or how to negotiate it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 24, 2012 - 3 answers

How Much Should I be paid for Web Content And Marketing Gig?

What should I be paid? My job is essentially a combination of marketing and web content creation. I write blog and page content for the website of a retail company. My writing requires an in-depth and technical knowledge about the general field as well as an intimate knowledge about how to convey this information in an attractive way to the consumer base. I constantly update my own knowledge in order to provide this content. I write consumer friendly technical info for the individual products as well as more elaborate landing pages to bring google ad traffic to. I add in-depth daily blog posts. I am also expected to manage the email marketing and as well as the online Google ads. Since I have begun this work, the readership and web sales have shot up and I expect it to continue to climb. [more inside]
posted by KoiPond on Mar 17, 2012 - 10 answers

Salary Vs experience analysis

Need to do a simple analysis around pay and experience fairness. Example: Two project managers managing exactly same kind of projects and have similar performance levels: PM 1 -> Pay $130,000 ; Experience 15 years; PM2-> Pay $80,000 ; Experience 3 years; I want a mathematical way of analyzing if the person getting paid $80,000 is being under payed. Now I know there are industry standards and charts available. I want to do something that may not be perfect but gives a sense. How much weight should be given to experience and can this be factored in mathematically? Please dont get hung up on accuracy. I want a logical analysis method that does not need to be entirely accurate. Also, where can I find industry charts comparing pay and experience
posted by r2d2 on Mar 3, 2012 - 12 answers

Gender pay disparity in the tech sector?

Looking for current sources about the pay disparity between men and women in the tech world - but specifically overall numbers including everyone from content producers to programmers. [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx on Mar 2, 2012 - 4 answers

How soon should I get paid?

How soon should I be paid for work I have done? [more inside]
posted by marienbad on Feb 18, 2012 - 4 answers

Salaried game artist in CA - what's the law for overtime?

I need to figure out if my coworkers and I are owed overtime pay. I'm getting conflicting information everywhere I go, and if I need to refer to a lawyer in the end so be it. Maybe you guys can help though... We're salaried video game artists in California. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 - 18 answers

Should I take a 40% pay cut to change jobs?

Should I take a 40% pay cut to change jobs? The new job is in a different industry where I'll be starting from scratch. It will probably mean longer hours and the pay is terrible compared to what I'm getting now, but I really want to leave my current job. [more inside]
posted by fry on Feb 12, 2012 - 19 answers

Am I being stiffed by the family business?

I need to know if I'm being underpaid. I work for family and I think this actually gets me worse treatment than if I were a stranger. I am a skilled nutritionist with a background in biology. I write nutritional programs for people in the context of a retail nutrition store. I am good at what I do and get results. I am well liked by the customers. I also design much of the advertising for the store, for example small interior signs and large exterior signs. I use Photoshop and I have a background in design and art. Not to toot my own horn, but I am good enough that I've been offered outside work. I also write and do the layout for a monthly scientific newsletter. It takes me about 12 hours to produce. I can write well. (I got A's in college English at a good university). I've been working there for 5 years and I get paid around $29,000. I am beginning to write all of the web content for the website as well. It requires in depth knowledge of science. Thank you in advance. [more inside]
posted by KoiPond on Jan 25, 2012 - 39 answers

What's a reasonable expectation for allowable uncompensated work?

How common (or uncommon) is it for an employer to ask for employees to work extra, uncompensated time? [more inside]
posted by garlic on Jan 5, 2012 - 19 answers

What info does paypal give to a seller

Curious about this question. What information does pay pal give about a buyer to the seller?
posted by conrad101 on Dec 6, 2011 - 7 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

Can a company decide to change your pay going back months?

If an employer makes a change to your compensation, how far back can they deduct money? What is the best way to get what I think I am owed? [more inside]
posted by tryniti on Oct 18, 2011 - 9 answers

ADHDer needs idiot-proof bill pay/reminder program/software

I am 39, single, and a college educated professional. I make decent money, but managing it is a totally different story. I have ADHD. I have been on the hunt for the perfect idiot-proof-pay-my bills software (for a Mac) and I’m at a loss. Help. [more inside]
posted by Amalie-Suzette on Oct 8, 2011 - 22 answers

How do I make school fast and cheap?

So I'm taking the plunge (sort of) and starting grad school to get my Masters' degree. How in the world do I pay for it? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Sep 30, 2011 - 13 answers

Am I being paid too much?

Photographers: reducing your rate – do you or don’t you? [more inside]
posted by mcbeth on Sep 23, 2011 - 24 answers

What should I charge to build a mobile app?

How much should I charge for developing a mobile/web app? And, should I charge hourly, weekly, or ask for a fulltime position? [more inside]
posted by Earl the Polliwog on Sep 20, 2011 - 8 answers

How Much to Charge For an Article

Need help figuring out a complicated "how much to charge for an article" situation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 21, 2011 - 2 answers

Overtime Pay for Exempt Employees

I need the advice of an HR person or labor expert regarding OT pay for exempt employees. I work in Louisiana in an IT field. My company was acquired by another in June 0f 2010. As part of the acquisition process, they changed all employees from non-exempt to exempt (salaried) with the expectation that requirements for overtime were going to be eliminated. Since January 2011, I've logged about 200 hours of OT. I have each item documented in a spreadsheet, and these are legitimate projects that required OT. Am I entitled to any form of compensation? The back pay would be considerable (appr. 10k dollars), but I don't know how to approach the subject with my employer.
posted by murp0837 on Aug 17, 2011 - 9 answers

Why isn't Congress's Salary Paid by the States?

Can anyone explain to me the reason why the pay for members of the United States Congress is paid by the federal government and not their respective states? Was such a system ever considered and rejected and, if so, why? I recognize that the offices are federal, but their ties to their state is the very reason they are there. Wouldn't state legislatures want that control or were they happy to dump the costs onto the federal government? This seems like something that would have been debated very early in our history yet I can't find any info on it. Thanks.
posted by Jamesonian on Jul 7, 2011 - 7 answers

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