Day: July 2, 2020

Posted in Business

MA Gyms Work To Make Customers Comfortable For Reopening

BRAINTREE, MA — Gyms in Massachusetts can reopen Monday as phase three of the state’s reopening plan begins amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Gym owners across the state expressed excitement to get back to business, but acknowledged things will not look the same as before they were forced to close in March.

Among those changes, gyms will be required to keep occupancy below 40 percent capacity and sanitize equipment after use. All customers will have to be masked, and various social distancing requirements will be in effect.

>>>MA Gyms Work To Make Customers Comfortable For Reopening

Michael Jablonn co-owns a SetPointRX franchise in Braintree. The gym has six locations throughout the state, and Jablonn said though he’s excited for his gym to reopen, there will be some challenges.

Jablonn told Patch he’s hoping to open Monday, but he’s still reviewing the state guidelines. He said SetPoint RX gyms are set up

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Sign a COVID-19 Waiver FAQ

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Even as coronavirus cases climb across the nation, many businesses are trying to reopen, and some are doing so with a new twist—asking customers to sign documents waiving their right to sue in the event that they contract COVID-19 on the premises.

At the same time, some companies are asking employees to sign COVID-19 waivers, hoping to limit their liability if workers catch the virus at work. 

Should you sign such a waiver? Can your employer force you to sign one in order to return to work? And what rights are you giving up if you do?

We put those questions to a range of legal experts to create the following guidelines and recommendations.

First, a few important preliminary points. 

One: The legal and safety implications of COVID-19 waivers are somewhat distinct for these two groups—consumers and workers—and should

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The coronavirus pandemic ‘has undone years of work’ for women, Yahoo Finance survey shows

Women, especially middle-aged ones, have been hit the hardest by the coronavirus pandemic in terms of job loss, fewer options for remote work, and needing more time to recover financially from the crisis, according to a new survey from Harris Poll and Yahoo Finance. 

Nearly all men between the ages of 35 and 44 — 96% — were still working the same job as before the pandemic, only 60% of women the same age were, according to the survey of 2033 Americans. The latest unemployment rate shows 8.9% unemployment for men in that age group and 9.4% in June.

Read more: Here’s how to navigate changes in your career

A similar discrepancy shows up between men and women who are 45 to 54.  More than three-quarters of men that age have the same job, but just under 6 in 10 women do, the survey found.

That difference, among others found

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Posted in Insurance

Why the 2020 Tax-Filing Season Will Be Tougher Than Usual

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In March, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced that the tax filing and payment deadline would be extended to July 15 — but just because Americans have more time to file their taxes this year, it doesn’t mean the process will be any easier. If filing income taxes were easy then professional tax preparers wouldn’t charge customers an average of $188 to file even the most basic returns. That price moves much higher when taxpayers itemize, report multiple streams of income or start a business.

Filing taxes is rarely simple, and for many taxpayers it will get even more complicated this year. So that you can safely file your taxes, know what the problems could be this year.

Last updated: July 2, 2020

Poor Customer Service at the IRS

Budget cuts at the IRS have led to staff reductions and fewer Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TACs), making it

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Unemployment money was a coronavirus lifeline. Scammers grabbed $900K in NC cases.

Federal authorities in Charlotte said Thursday they had seized $80,000 held in bank accounts that they say scammers used to steal unemployment benefits meant to help people survive the coronavirus pandemic.

It was the second such case U.S. Attorney Andrew Murray’s office announced this week. More than $48,000 was seized in that case, authorities said Tuesday.

Court documents say unknown scammers used personal information stolen from identity theft victims in North Carolina’s Western District to apply online for state and federal unemployment benefits, Murray and Reginald DeMatteis, special agent in charge of the Secret Service in Charlotte, said in Thursday’s announcement.

The fraudsters then directed bank account holders to make financial transactions with the money or transfer it to other bank accounts, often overseas. Many of the account holders, referred to in court documents as “money mules,” were involved in online romances with the scammers and didn’t know they were

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College Roommates Launch Program to Help Essential Workers in Need: ‘Make a Meaningful Impact’

A group of students at Dartmouth College are doing their part to ensure that no frontline worker struggles to obtain essential items during the coronavirus pandemic — one donor match at a time.

Back in March, roommates Amy Guan and Rine Uhm helplessly watched as their spring semester and summer plans crumbled due to the pandemic.

“We ended up losing internships, I lost my in-person graduation, but at the same time, it was hard to be sad about these losses with everything else going around in the world,” Guan, 21, tells PEOPLE. “We would spend a lot of time reading the news and sharing stories that we found interesting about the risks and struggles that essential workers have been facing.”

“The more we read, the more we realized that there was a lack of access to basic necessities that a lot of other people might have lying around their house

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36 rare vintage Corvettes found in a Manhattan garage after they were abandoned for decades will be raffled off for charity

Lost Corvettes
Lost Corvettes

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A historic collection of 36 classic Corvettes saved from dilapidation after being hidden underground in a Manhattan garage for decades will soon be given away in a nationwide sweepstakes. 

Corvette Heroes is hosting The Lost Corvettes sweepstakes that will be giving away the cars that it touts as the “greatest barn find in automotive history.”

The Corvette collection has an unusual backstory: this isn’t the first time all 36 of the Corvettes have been given away together. They were originally a part of a 1989 giveaway that landed the cars in the hands of a Long Island man who then passed the cars along to artist Peter Max. Max, however, left the Corvette collection untouched in multiple Manhattan garages for decades before the current team acquired the fleet and decided to host a new giveaway.

The sweepstakes collection includes a Corvette from every production year

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Posted in Insurance

Gov. Murphy Signs 9 NJ Bills Into Law To Address COVID-19, Police

NEW JERSEY – Gov. Phil Murphy has signed nine New Jersey bills into law to tackle the coronavirus crisis – some of which could provide a boost to businesses struggling amid the pandemic – and also deal with police reform.

New Jersey’s criminal justice system got a big shot in the arm after Murphy gave the thumbs-up to three new laws on Thursday.

Murphy signed three bills, including A744, which give police departments and other law enforcement agencies in New Jersey more power to check into an applicant’s past, including previous disciplinary issues. Read more: Gov. Murphy Signs Laws On Police Hiring, Services For Ex-Inmates

Murphy also signed these bills to deal with the coronavirus.

Boosting bars and restaurants

Murphy signed legislation, S-2346/A-3919, that’s intended to reduce “red tape” requirements for outdoor service for restaurants and bars and to help local business districts regain economic activity.

The legislation amends the

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How online shoppers have lost millions to fraud during the pandemic: ‘You have enormous vulnerability’

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Make online shopping a safe experience for the whole family. (Photo: Getty Images)
Make online shopping a safe experience for the whole family. (Photo: Getty Images)

It’s another Saturday afternoon during the global pandemic, and you’re back on Amazon, filling your cart with household items and groceries. You haven’t been able to make your typical Target and Walmart runs lately, so you’re stocking up virtually instead.

Online shopping: everyone does it so it’s pretty harmless, right? Well, not always. Fraud is a possibility any time you shop online, according to Experian. And during a worldwide pandemic or even the holiday season, you’re especially vulnerable to hackers, phishers, and identity thieves. Covid-related fraud has already robbed a cumulative $13.4 million from unsuspecting Americans, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

That’s

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How to treat head lice effectively with combs and medication

You can get rid of lice with combs, shampoos, creams, or medication.
You can get rid of lice with combs, shampoos, creams, or medication.

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  • To treat head lice, you can physically remove the lice with a special comb for lice treatment. 

  • While combing is effective, it can also be time-consuming, and other medications may also help you get rid of lice fast.

  • For example, there are specific shampoos, topical creams, and oral medications that can also help you treat head lice. 

  • This article was medically reviewed by Sharleen St. Surin-Lord, MD, a board-certified dermatologist at Visage Dermatology and assistant professor of dermatology at Howard University.

  • This story is part of Insider’s complete guide to Bug Bites. 

Head lice can quickly spread through a school, family, or group of friends. Though irritating, lice isn’t harmful to your health, and fortunately, it’s treatable with the right combs, topical treatments, and medications. 

Here’s what you need to know to treat lice effectively. 

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