NEWS

April 21, 2020
  • A $350 billion forgivable loan program designed to ensure that small businesses do not lay off employees
  • A 50% refundable payroll tax credit on worker wages will further incentivize businesses, including ones with fewer than 500 employees, to retain workers
  • Looser net operating loss-reduction rules that will allow businesses to offset more
  • A delay in employer-side payroll taxes for Social Security until 2021 and 2022
  • Sole proprietors and other self-employed workers could be eligible for the expanded unemployment-insurance benefits the bill provides
  • A portion of the $425 billion in funds appropriated for the Federal Reserve’s credit facilities will target small businesses

 

SOURCE: marketwatch.com, 3/26/2020

February 21, 2020

According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, about half of small business employees do not have access to the same quality work-based retirement plans as workers at large employers.

February 21, 2020
February 21, 2020

In 1964, AT&T, the most valuable company in the United States, had 758, 611 employees; Microsoft employs just 144,000. Instagram had just 13 employees when Facebook acquired it for $1 billion in 2012.

 

February 21, 2020

This year’s CES – the consumer tech industry’s biggest annual showcase – revealed the best and “weirdest” of the latest tech products.

 

  • Prinker, a temporary tattoo printer: This new device makes temporary tattoos mobile for spontaneous people who don’t want to commit to forever ink. The handheld printer can apply cosmetic-grade ink to the skin in black or color just by quickly passing it once over the chosen body part. Images are selected from a companion app. While the final product doesn’t smudge or fade much, it does wash off easily with soap...
February 21, 2020
  • Male dung beetles haul 1,100 times their body weight.
  • Elephants have been observed removing tranquilizer darts from friends, or tending to their wounds.

 

SOURCE: New York Times book review of Remarkable Discoveries About Animals and the Revolutionary New Ways to Show Them Compassion by Gene Stone, 1/12/2020

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