If you have lost your job and are seeing an end to unemployment benefits in your near future, you may be in for some good news. The U.S. of Representatives this week approved a 13-week extension of unemployment benefits. The catch is that the extension applies specifically to states with 8.5% or higher unemployment rate, making it applicable to 27 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
Mint, vanilla, cinnamon, orange, lime... these may sound like stand-up selections for gum, candy, or cereal but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is putting its foot down to using the flavors in tobacco cigarettes. The FDA has banned the flavor use in cigarettes as part of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, effective September 22, 2009.
The efforts are part of a multi-pronged initiative to steer children and youth away from cigarettes. FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg pointed to the statistic that 90% of adult smokers started as teenagers as support for the national ban. And considering the stigma that is attached with cigarette-smoking, it is no wonder that the tobacco industry is trying to re-brand itself in new flavors for the changing consumer.
If you have been looking to enter the housing market by now, realtors, friends, family, and colleagues have probably already alerted you about the $8,000 first time home buyer tax credit. You've heard about it, but how does it work? And what are the requirements? Below is the information you need to take advantage of the program.
The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) protects the jobs of certain employees who take time off for medical reasons, birth, adoption, or caring for a family member who has a serious health condition. If you are an employee, don't wait until you need to use FMLA to find out what it's all about, here are the basic FMLA rules.