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Is It a Good Time to Find Work? Most Say No

Posted on 03/21/2014 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkHow do Americans view today’s job market? Apparently not favorably. In a Gallup poll of 1,048 adults in March, more than two-thirds (68 percent) said now is not a good time to find a quality job. Only about 1 in 4 (28 percent) were positive about the odds of landing a position, the highest measure since the start of the economic downturn in January 2008. Older workers were even more pessimistic. Among those ages 50 to 64, about 3 in …

Employers Shift More Health Care Costs to Workers

Posted on 03/7/2014 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkIt’s not that your paycheck feels smaller. It is smaller, thanks to the bigger portion that health care costs are siphoning from your take-home pay. Employers year after year have shifted more of the burden for health insurance costs to workers. And it’s no different for this year. Employees’ premiums rose by nearly 7 percent to $2,975 for 2014, not counting out-of-pocket costs, according to a survey released this week by Towers Watson and the National Business Group on Health, …

Is Your Employer Shortchanging Your 401k?

Posted on 03/6/2014 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkIf you’re fortunate enough to get a company match in your 401(k) savings plan, you might be feeling lucky. Unless you’re in a plan that’s being shortchanged by your employer. According to a report from the Department of Labor, nearly 73 percent (or 2,677) of the plans it audited last year made the wrong employer match or made some other error. The upshot? A whopping $423.6 million was restored to workers’ 401(k)s last year. Among the more common mistakes: failing to account …

Guess Who’s Working From Home?

Posted on 02/25/2014 by | Money and Work | Comments

WorkIf you think women work from home more than men, maybe helping a child with homework after school or cooking dinner in between phone conferences, you’d be mistaken. More men telework and more women spend time in the office. And of those who work remotely, about 1 in 3 have no children, according to a myth-busting report released this week by the Madison, N.J., consultancy Flex+Strategy Group / Work+Life Fit Inc. The researchers surveyed 556 full-time employees in December to …

Cashing Out Your 401(k) and Living Dangerously

Posted on 02/19/2014 by | Money and Work | Comments

WorkWe all know that 401(k) savings plans are designed to help us sock away money for our old age. Increasingly, workers are tapping those funds for loans or cashing out altogether. Two reports released this month suggest that our retirement security could be undermined by our pattern of using those savings to ease our financial stress today. An estimated $6 billion annually seeps out of U.S. 401(k) plans because loans taken against them were not repaid fully, according to a …

More Boomers Are Becoming Their Own Bosses

Posted on 02/10/2014 by | AARP Executive Vice President | Comments

WorkDo you have a plan to recession-proof your life? A growing number of workers age 50-plus do, and it involves turning interests, hobbies or skills into a small business. Many older workers are using decades of experience and business connections to become their own bosses. These “encore entrepreneurs” bring to the effort a lifetime of knowledge. And their numbers are on the rise. in fact, from 1996 to 2012, Americans ages 55 to 64 had a higher rate of entrepreneurial …