Oh, The Times They are A…Changin’

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While the authorities in southwestern China apparently thought their Cultural Revolution-style “shaming” was still effective, they found out how it backfired in the current economy and environment. As officials paraded eight workers through the streets, who had demanded back wages, the public turned the tables on officials and instead called for deadbeat bosses to be… Read more »

A new retirement plan in the works for California

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Lawmakers in California are considering a state-run 401K program to help private-sector employees that don’t get a retirement savings plan from their employer. Questions: 1. What types of workers is the plan targeting? 2. How many Californians does this include? 3. How much is the expected contribution by workers? 4. Can the plan be transferred… Read more »

Cheap Rent in San Francisco

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According to the Washington Post, Peter Berkowitz and his roommates came up with an innovative way to find affordable housing in San Francisco. Questions: 1. Why is the cost of living so high in San Francisco? 2. What are some of the other housing alternatives mentioned in the article? 3. How does the median rent… Read more »

Credit Card Chips

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Did you ever wonder why so many retailers have chip-readable machines for credit cards, but tell you to swipe your card anyway? This article explains this frustrating issue for retailers. Questions: 1. Merchants have spent incredible amounts of money to get new chip-reading machines, so what is the reason for not using them? 2. Since… Read more »

Sick Leave? How does it hurt business?

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Many people go to work even when they are sick. But should this happen in the restaurant industry? As Chipotle found out outbreaks of norovirus, E. coli and salmonella can devastate business. This article discusses the lack of sick leave in the restaurant business and how food workers are the source of about 70% of… Read more »

The Bottom Line

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More than 250,000 of Corinthian Colleges’ victims will be able to get out from under massive and fraudulent student loan debts, Education Secretary John King will announce Friday in Boston. Questions: 1. What is the big asterisk that the article refers to? 2. How many schools and how many states are involved in this scam?… Read more »

Is a new retirement savings plan part of your future?

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If you make a list of the most hated words or phrases in politics today, “employer mandate” has to be in the top 10. However, in this era of retirement security crisis, mandatory retirement savings program is gaining more support in Washington. Questions: 1. Who are pushing the idea politically? 2. Why will the Congress… Read more »

A deeply ill-conceived way to address student debt?

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Members of Congress have introduced bipartisan bills that would give a tax break to the growing number of companies that offer to help pay off their employees’ student loans. Questions: 1. What are the reasons that the article presents for this idea as being a deeply ill-conceived way to address student debt? Do you agree… Read more »

A crummy $56?????

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Drivers who worked for the “taxi” service known as Lyft, (in California) during the past four years, would have been entitled to an estimated $126 million in expense reimbursements had they been employees rather than independent contractors. Questions: 1. How much would Lyft drivers have recouped under a standard rate for mileage reimbursement set by… Read more »

Investigating Integrity

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A U.S. watchdog agency is preparing to investigate the Federal Reserve and other regulators in order to determine whether they are too lenient on the banks they are meant to police. Questions: 1. What is the strategy to be used in this investigation? 2. Explain the “revolving door” concept that the article mentions. 3. What… Read more »