Category Archives: LW Tip

Talk Directly to the IRS at Midwinter

As a result of the passage of the CROmnibus (2015 federal budget) where the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was hit with a $300 million cut for forms and distribution, services to libraries will be changing.  Before final decisions are made, IRS representatives are interested in hearing what librarians think the priorities should be.  An IRS representative will attend the ALA 2015 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago on Sunday, February 1, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm in McCormick Place Convention Center, Room … Read the rest

Are There Benefits to Being Told ‘No’?

We have all heard the word no in our careers —from not getting a job or promotion we thought we were qualified for to not being permitted to work on a special project that we feel could be beneficial for our employers.  As discouraging as it can be, hearing No can be turned into a positive opportunity.  Attend a session entitled, ‘The Power of No’ Sunday, February 1, 2:00 – 3:00 pm in the ALA JobLIST Placement Center (McCormick Place … Read the rest

Free Webinar to Address Creating Resilient, Safe Workplaces – January 27

Research indicates that welcoming and safe workplaces that offer work-life balance and take precautions against violent behavior are beneficial to employers’ bottom lines through increased employee productivity, health and engagement. On January 27, 2015 from 3:00-4:30 pm (EST), the U.S. Office of Disability and Employment Policy’s (ODEP’s) Employer Technical Assistance Center, in coordination with the Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma, will host a webinar titled Creating Resilient Workplaces: Safe Space Leads to Engaged, Productive Workers. This webinar … Read the rest

Save the dates for these special events during ALA’s 2015 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago

Saturday, January 31, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00pm
ALA-APA’s Networking Reception, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, Plaza B
Come out and enjoy wine and good conversations with colleagues in a social atmosphere. Tickets cost $50 each. To register for the event online, visit: http://alamw15.ala.org/ticketed-events#ALA . You may also send a check to:  ALA-APA, c/o Networking Reception, 50 East Huron, Chicago, IL 60611.

Sunday, February 1, 2015, 11:30am – 1:30pm
ALA JobLIST Placement Center’s Etiquette Luncheon at McCormick Place – W185d  
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“$2.2 Billion Reasons to Pay Attention to WIOA” Webinar archive available

District Dispatch reports that American Library Association’s (ALA) interactive webinar “$2.2 Billion Reasons to Pay Attention to WIOA,” which focused on ways that public libraries can receive funding for employment skills training and job search assistance from the recently-passed Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is now available.… Read the rest

Employer Assistance and Resource Network Publishes Resource on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) has published a resource for employers on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). It provides an overview of the law as well as links to information on the WIOA pages of the Department of Labor and the Department of Education websites.

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2014 Standard Mileage Rates

The Internal Revenue Service issued the 2014 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2014, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:

  • 56 cents per mile for business miles driven
  • 23.5 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations

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401(k) Abuse: Know the Signs

Is your 401(k) account statement issued irregularly? Does the account balance appear inaccurate? Has your employer failed to transmit your contribution to the plan? Are there unauthorized investments listed on your statement? These are a few red flags that might indicate that your employer is abusing your 401(k) contributions. Read more at Work in Progress, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Labor.… Read the rest

ALA-APA Networking Reception Coming Soon

If you’re planning to attend the ALA 2014 Midwinter Meeting this coming January in Philadelphia, then you should plan to join colleagues at the ALA – APA Networking Reception. This will be an opportunity to engage in a social atmosphere that is sure to provide fun, live entertainment and refreshments on Saturday, January 25, 2014. Take this time to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones at this networking fundraiser. Proceeds from the event support the ALA – … Read the rest

EBSA Offers Retirement Toolkit, with Resources in English and Spanish

The Department of Labor‘s Employee Benefits Security Administration has compiled a toolkit for workers preparing for retirement. The intuitively-named “Retirement Toolkit” provides a timeline for retirement, as well as links to resources on health benefits, 401(k)s and government pensions. Most resources are available in both English and Spanish. … Read the rest