Jonathan Oosting The Detroit News Published 3:53 PM EST Dec 3, 2018 Lansing — More than 160,000 Michigan small businesses that employ more than 1 million workers would be exempt from providing paid sick leave to their employees under Republican legislation to amend an initiated law that has not yet taken effect. The GOP-led state Senate voted last week to overhaul paid sick leave and minimum wage laws legislators adopted in September to keep them off the Nov. 6 ballot and make them easier to change. Supporters say the Senate plan would fix an “unworkable” paid sick leave law that could cripple Michigan businesses. But critics contend the changes undermine the spirit of the initiative by eliminating the guarantee for workers at companies less likely to provide paid time off for a personal or family illness. With the state House now considering the sick leave and minimum wage amendments, activists gathered Monday at the Michigan Chamber of … [Read more...] about Republicans cut holes in Michigan’s paid sick leave initiative
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By Jerry Reynolds Published 12:00 am CST, Saturday, November 17, 2018 Tax Code Section 179, the special deduction to write off equipment in the year purchased, was extended permanently in 2015. In 2018, this deduction allows businesses to write off up to $1 million worth of depreciable assets the year they are purchased, including machinery, heavy equipment, furniture and fixtures, and certain vehicles, mainly SUVs and pickup trucks. You have to have positive income, not a net loss for the year. You must purchase the vehicle by December 31, 2018 to get the write-off on your 2018 taxes. Bonus Depreciation Bonus Depreciation allows you to deduct a specified percentage of the cost of assets in the year of purchase. This deduction is allowed even if you do not have income, and has no max amount. You can use this for an unlimited number of purchases. The percentage is doubled to 100 percent for assets purchased after September 27, 2017. For assets purchased after then, the … [Read more...] about Self-employed, business owners can take advantage of tax deductions
Kristen Jordan Shamus Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EDT Sep 20, 2018 Cindy Shank was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison. Her three daughters were sentenced to 15 years without a mother. Her husband lost a wife. Cindy missed bedtime stories and kissing boo-boos, carving pumpkins, Easter egg hunts, birthday parties and Christmas mornings. She missed 4-year-old Autumn's first dance recital, baby Annalis' first steps, and 2-year-old Ava's first day of school. Her marriage to Adam Shank was torn to shreds. The fallout from Cindy Shank's 2008 sentencing on drug conspiracy charges was wide-reaching. It changed the trajectory of the life of the woman who went to prison that day as well as the lives of everyone who loved her. All of it is captured in a film directed by her brother Rudy Valdez, who grew up in Lansing and set out to document the lives of Cindy's children so his sister would one day be able to see what … [Read more...] about ‘The Sentence’ reveals who really pays when mom goes to prison
Cleaners working at Kensington and Chelsea town hall are celebrating a promise that they will get a pay rise and will be paid the London Living Wage. The pay increase was agreed after union reps for the United Voices of the World union met council leader Elizabeth Campbell and chief executive Barry Quirk. The meeting on Monday (September 4) came after the 16 shift workers who work for service company Amey staged a three-day strike at the town hall as they called for an increase from their £7.83 an hour wage. Union rep Petros Elia also interrupted a planning meeting to argue for a rise to £10.20 an hour, which is the voluntary London Living Wage. The council said details have to be worked out. A spokesman said: “We had positive talks and we hope the dialogue continues. "The aim is to ensure that everyone gets the London Living Wage who works at the council.” All council employees earn the London Living Wage or above, he said. He said the council would look at ways … [Read more...] about Cleaners earning just £7.83 an hour finally set to get pay rise
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Day Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by Wheels ByJohn R. Quain March 15, 2018 A car wends its way through a line of taxis in the Las Vegas rain, carefully steering around a tangle of sedans vying for passengers. As the black Lincoln MKZ gets closer, the steering wheel saws back and forth, but there’s no one in the front seat. In fact, there’s no one in the car at all. It’s disquieting to be picked up by an empty car, and it’s something of a milestone: Inside most autonomous research vehicles cruising public streets, there’s a minder to keep a watchful eye and take control should things go awry. But with the MKZ, there was no human custodian. At least not one within view. Hundreds of miles away, Ben Shukman, a software engineer for Phantom Auto, was sitting in front of a phalanx of video screens in Mountain View, Calif. Using a … [Read more...] about When Self-Driving Cars Can’t Help Themselves, Who Takes the Wheel?