Telecommuting: Yahoo Closes Door, Opens Window

Bring up Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer among colleagues or friends, and I dare you to try to have a five-minute conversation. You’ll likely hear jeers, cheers, or both when it comes to Yahoo’s pending ban on full-time and occasional telecommuting. Work-life experts, talk shows, journalists on workplace issues, big and not-so-big bloggers and lots of HR professionals are sounding off. Even celebrity CEOs from Virgin’s Richard Branson (Team Telework) to Donald Trump (Team Marissa) have weighed in. Full-time remote workers …

Meet This $50,000 Retirement Contest Winner

“Learning about retirement planning has never been so much FUN! Fun? Some people might use other “f words. Maybe winning $50,000 would help change your mind. It was a game-changer for one woman (more on her in a minute). For many, retirement planning falls between somewhat intimidating to downright frustrating, or maybe even depressing — especially if you are, or have been, out of work. Those are just a few reasons why AARP’s financial security education team decided to inject some …

Digging Deeper on Changes to the Social Security COLA

No one with any common sense wants to see our politicians take us over the fiscal cliff. And I think most people with common sense also realize that Social Security, and the tougher issue of Medicare, are worth thoughtful debate and discussion so these vital programs can be put on stronger footing for future generations. However, when budget cutters take aim at today’s Social Security recipients, it’s time to ask questions and dig deeper into the fine print. A proposal …

Action Urged to Fight Elder Financial Abuse

The following is a guest post from AARP Money Content Editor John Burgess. | Four decades out from his teen-aged check-forging spree, a lion-maned Frank Abagnale bears little resemblance to Leonardo DiCaprio, who portrayed him in the movie “Catch Me If You Can. But Abagnale still knows a thing or two about fraud. What I did 40 years ago as a teenager is 4,000 times easier to do today due to technology, the reformed con man told the Senate Special …

Reasons to Think Small for Holiday Shopping

You’ve gotten countless flyers in the mail for “Black Friday. But there’s another great way to score shopping deals and do good at the same time: Support local merchants and patronize stores and restaurants in your area on Small Business Saturday, November 24. In addition to finding unique gifts, you’re far more likely to get individual attention from people who know their merchandise inside and out and who want to earn customers for life. Small business owners also tend to …

ISO Great Employers; Deadline Nears for Awards Program

A new co-sponsor for the Best Employers for Workers Over 50 Award has some pull in executive suites when it comes to charting employment policies, and AARP is hoping for a record number of applications for the awards program (due November 12). AARP is pleased that the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management, is a contest co-sponsor. “SHRM and its members have a unique perspective on employer policies around the country, a perspective that will …