Monday, May 22, 2017, I will have the privilege of sharing my personal story of overcoming obstacles with mothers who could use an encouraging word. If you know a mother (any kind of mother - single mom, teen mom, working mom, stay at home mom, etc.) who needs a little uplifting, have her download the free Mom Life app and join the discussion.
Next Friday, April 21st, Katie King and I will do a presentation on the Art of Negotiation for Female Entrepreneurs at the monthly luncheon for Women Mean Business at the Marriott Downtown. RSVP here to join us for a presentation you won't want to miss!
In honor of Help4TNDay, several legal clinics are being held in the Chattanooga area over the next few weeks to provide legal services to individuals who could otherwise not afford them. Click here for the exact dates and times of the clinics.
Over the last few weeks, I have worked with several new business owners who have fallen victim to companies who are charging them to obtain their Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS. These business owners have paid as much as $130 to companies online to apply for the EIN and, ultimately, the business owners never receive their EIN. Not only are those business owners losing the money they paid for the EIN, the business owners are also providing those companies with their personal information (including their social security number). The IRS does not charge a fee to obtain an EIN. As such, business owners can either apply for their EIN themselves or pay a reputable accountant or attorney a small fee to apply for the EIN on their behalf.
For the last six months, millions of workers and employers alike have been preparing for the new overtime rule set to go into effect on December 1, 2016. At its core, this rule would have required employers to pay overtime pay to salaried employees making up to $47,476; thereby, doubling the original overtime pay threshold amount.
Yesterday, this rule came to a screeching halt when a federal judge, in Texas, sided with 21 states and temporarily suspended the rule pending further review. U.S. District Court Judge Amos Mazzant determined that the Department of Labor does not have the authority to expand the overtime rule in the manner it has attempted to do so. Although the Judge’s suspension of the rule is not final, the Judge has already stated that the 21 states who oppose the rule are likely to win at the final hearing on this matter.
Read the Judge’s order in its entirety here.