Category Archives: Salaries

The Student Loan Pause Extended

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) announced an extension of the pause on student loan repayment, interest, and collections through August 31, 2022. The extension will provide additional time for borrowers to plan for the resumption of payments, reducing the risk of delinquency and defaults after the restart. During the extension, the Department will continue to assess the financial impacts of the pandemic on student loan borrowers and prepare to transition borrowers smoothly back into repayment. This Read the rest

Mississippi Passed an Equal Pay Bill; Advocates Worried

The Equal Pay Act of 1963 is a U.S. law that prohibits employers from paying different wages to men and women who work under similar conditions and whose jobs require the same level of skill, effort, and responsibility. The jobs do not have to be identical, but they must be substantially equal. Job content (not job titles) determines whether jobs are substantially equal. Mississippi is the last state in the nation to not have either an equal pay law or Read the rest

Equal Pay Day

By Sian Brannon

“Equal Pay Day” is a date noted each year that symbolizes the time during the year when women will have finally earned the same as white men from the previous year. Typically in spring, it takes approximately 15 months for a (white) woman to earn as much as a white man earned in 12 months. The first Equal Pay Day was recognized by the National Pay Inequity Awareness Day proclamation by President Bill Clinton on April 11, Read the rest

Thinking about Retiring in 2022? Reasons to Reconsider

Anyone older than 50 has probably thought about what it will be like to retire. Most people work hard all their adult lives and look forward to retirement. Given the last two years of dealing with uncertainty brought on by various aspects of life — the pandemic, economic instability, social unrest, political upheaval, stress, etc. — it’s not surprising that more people may be looking to retire sooner rather than later. Some may even be in count-down mode. If you’re Read the rest

Public Service Loan Forgiveness

In October, the U.S. Department of Education announced an overhaul of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program that it will implement over the next year to make the program live up to its promise. This article explains that “when the loan forgiveness program started in 2007, its goal was to encourage workers to pursue careers in public service. After ten years of public service work, applicants – teachers, nurses, first responders, child welfare workers, librarians, mental health professionals, Read the rest

More Equal Pay Days: Native American Women and Latinas

Can you believe that it is already the middle of October? Where did the time go? For some people, it may feel as though the year flew past in a blur. For others, the time may have dragged on. This feeling may be particularly true if you are a Latina or Native American woman coping with financial struggles, trying to make ends meet. October 21st is the last Equal Pay Day of the year—and it belongs to Latinas. Equal Read the rest

Equal Pay Day for African American Women Came this Month

August 3 was Black Women’s Equal Pay Day for this year: African American women had to work all of 2020 and this far into 2021 to catch up with what White men earned in 2020 alone. On average, African American women make 37% less than White men and 20% less than White women, even when they worked in similar jobs and had similar qualifications. According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, “if changes in the earnings ratio for Read the rest

Top 10 Retirement Tips for Today

What do you envision for your life when you retire? Do you see yourself traveling to foreign countries each year? Do you see yourself with family and friends on tropical beaches? Do you have a vision? Or do you feel that with the money you’re making now, you’ll never be able to save enough to retire? Perhaps you feel like you’re just trying to make it from one paycheck to the next, so you can’t even think about saving for Read the rest

Women Lost $800 Billion in Income Due to COVID-19

By now, most people have heard that nearly 3 million women have left the workforce since the pandemic began due, in many instances, to caregiving duties. It is estimated that women worldwide were hit harder than men in the job market, with 5% of women losing jobs versus 3.9% of men. Have you thought about the financial impact of this exodus? If you are a woman, you’ve probably felt it first-hand. According to this article, women worldwide lost at … Read the rest

Salary Increases Affected by the Pandemic

We know that the pandemic forced many businesses to reduce budgets, lay-off workers, and in some cases, close altogether. Libraries, too, were affected. Those who are still employed probably did not see any pay increases that generally would have come with annual performance reviews. It may be some time—perhaps a year or more—before the economy recovers. How do you move forward with your finances once the economy does recover? Can you ask for and expect larger increases in salaries? The Read the rest