Monthly Archives: November 2019

More women lawmakers flee politics due to online abuse | Fast Company

Last week, U.S. Congresswoman Katie Hill’s resignation speech detailed the abuse that drove her out of office. “I am leaving because of the thousands of vile threatening emails, calls and texts that made me fear for my life and the lives of the people that I care about.” She feared the “hundreds more photos and text messages that they would release bit by bit until they broke me down to nothing.”

This week, abuse is behind the decisions of many of the 18 female members of U.K. Parliament to not run for re-election, reports the New York Times.

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IRS Announces Higher 2020 Retirement Plan Contribution Limits For 401(k)s And More | Forbes

How much can you save for retirement in 2020? The Treasury Department has announced inflation-adjusted figures for retirement account savings for 2020: 401(k) contribution limits are up; traditional IRA contribution limits stay the same; almost all the other numbers are up.

The amount you can contribute to your 401(k) or similar workplace retirement plan goes up from $19,000 in 2019 to $19,500 in 2020. The 401(k) catch-up contribution limit—if you’re 50 or older in 2020—will be $6,500 for workplace plans, up from $6,000. But the amount you can contribute to an Individual Retirement Account stays the same for 2020: $6,000, with a $1,000 catch-up limit if you’re 50 or older.

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Top 9 Hiring Tips for Small Business Owners | AllBusiness.com

Hiring a new employee can result in a variety of overlooked costs, so it’s important to make each new hire count. Attracting and retaining top talent is a major advantage for your business, while keeping subpar employees puts you behind the competition.

Improving your hiring practices is one of the best changes you can make for your business, leading to lower turnover and more productivity. This article will cover the most important things small business owners should keep in mind throughout the hiring process.

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Providing and Paying for Healthcare Major Challenge for Small Business | Small Business Trends

Small Business Healthcare Statistics

Some 79% of small and midsize business owners say health insurance costs risk eating up their profitability. The healthcare industry is experiencing the biggest impact, while retail, professional and financial services report the least concern. Health insurance is a top-two expense, next to payroll that businesses generally don’t have a lot of control over.

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Thinking of hosting your own webinars? Here are 7 things you must consider | Management Consulting Connection

This past Friday, I hosted my fifth Practice Development INSIDER webinar. I was a complete newbie when I began investigating what I needed to know for the first one. So while having five webinars under my belt isn’t all that many, I can see the patterns and repetitions developing for what needs to be done.

Here are seven things you must consider before launching your webinars.

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Can Decentralization Solve Businesses’ Trust Problems? | Business

As the internet has evolved, so have problems in general. In recent years, we’ve woken up to the fact that our personal data is one of the most valuable assets in the world right now. It’s also increasingly apparent that we don’t control that data.

Edward Snowden may be a controversial figure, but he was among the first to expose the stark reality of this problem back in 2014. When we discovered that the NSA had been using Google data to spy on citizens in the name of national security, it seemed like it could be a watershed moment.

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The Oral-B Genius X is an AI-Powered Toothbrush With a High Price Tag | Digital Trends

Brushing your teeth is one of the most important things you do every day. There’s nothing like cleaning the gunk off your teeth after a long night of particularly deep sleep, but studies indicate that many people don’t use proper technique when it comes to brushing. If you don’t brush long enough or skimp on certain areas, it can cause serious problems down the line. Oral-B’s new Geniux X electric toothbrush can help combat negligent oral hygiene with the help of onboard A.I.

It sounds complicated, but its operation is simple. The toothbrush connects to your phone via Bluetooth and activates a timer when you start brushing. It reminds you when to change positions and suggests where you should brush next. An array of sensors warn you if you’re using too much pressure and then awards an overall rating for how well you brushed.

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Surviving an IRS Audit: What You Need to Know | The Startup Magazine

Finding out that you are going to be audited by the IRS can be a little bit scary. However, with the right preparation, anyone can get through it. Here’s what you need to know to survive your IRS audit.

Don’t Ignore The Notice

Once you receive your IRS audit notice, you will usually have 30 days to respond to it; the precise time period will be specified in the notice. You should never ignore any correspondence from the IRS, claiming to not have received the letter won’t hold water in a courtroom. You can’t simply feign ignorance on the basis of not having received the letter.

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McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook fired after dating employee | BBC News

McDonald’s has fired its chief executive Steve Easterbrook after he had a relationship with an employee.

The US fast food giant said it had been consensual, but Mr Easterbrook had “violated company policy” and shown “poor judgement”.

In an email to staff, the British businessman acknowledged the relationship and said it was a mistake.

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Why Thousands of Companies Are Turning Their Backs on a Business Doctrine That’s Been Accepted for Decades | Inc.com

At the B Lab Champions Retreat in Los Angeles in September, nearly 700 attendees representing the B’s–the tip of a global movement numbering 60,000 companies–are gathered to honor great performers. And to declare victory.

The B’s are B Corporations, companies that have been certified by B Lab, a nonprofit dedicated to the concept that business must be a force for good, rather than profit alone, and allies working toward that goal. That concept had clearly become mainstream when, in August, the Business Roundtable, which represents the nation’s leading corporations, rejected “shareholder primacy” as the sole purpose of business in favor of stakeholder considerations. By doing so, the business titans at the very least acknowledged that business must have a purpose beyond making money–that companies must serve their customers, their employees, and their communities as well as their investors.

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