How Small-Business Owners Can Educate Employees About Public Policy That Affects Them

President/CEO of Joseph’s Premier Real Estate; professor of finance, business, real estate at IRSC; author of Madness, Miracles, Millions.

In November, millions of Americans will cast a vote for either President Trump or his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden. But that’s not the only decision at stake. This election cycle, voters in more than 30 states will decide on more than 100 statewide ballot measures, ranging from marijuana legalization to campaign finance reform and tax policy. In my own state of Florida, a ballot measure would raise the state’s current minimum wage of $8.56 to $15 per hour by 2026, with a jump to $10 an hour as early as next year. This ballot measure is one of many that would affect millions of entrepreneurs and even more employees.

With Election Day around the corner, more small business owners may be considering educating workers about public-policy changes that could

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How employers can support employees whose children have to do remote learning

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — London Lewis’s first-grade teacher in Birmingham City Schools starts the day with a little exercise for her students.

“We’re going to get up and do a little moving to get oxygen to our brain,” the teacher’s voice echoes through the computer speaker.

London Barber participates in a dance break during virtual learning (WIAT Photo)
London Barber participates in a dance break during virtual learning (WIAT Photo)

On cue, 6-year-old London stands up from the chair she has been sitting in at her grandmother’s dining room table, pushes it back and starts swinging her arms to the music.

A video has now replaced the teacher on the computer screen.

As London sways to the fast-paced song with a techno beat, a male voice sings these lyrics to the tune:

The alphabet is filled

with consonants and vowels.

We write them.

We read them.

Each letter makes a sound.

While we start with A-B-C,

 we go all the way to

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A major Japanese bank will let employees work 3-day weeks after the pandemic to give them more time for childcare and education

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  • Japanese lender Mizuho Financial Group is planning to let staff work a shorter week after the COVID-19 pandemic, giving them more time for childcare or education, Bloomberg reported. 
  • Workers who work three days a week will keep 60% of their salary, while employees who work four days will retain 80%, a spokeswoman told Bloomberg. 
  • The lender is in talks with labor unions, and the measure could be introduced as soon as December. 
  • The scheme could be open to 45,000 staff.
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A major Japanese bank plans to offer employees three- or four-day working weeks after the COVID-19 pandemic passes, giving staff more time for childcare, nursing, or education, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. 


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Staff at Mizuho Financial Group who work three days a week will receive 60% of their salary, and those who work four days will keep 80%, the

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Huntington Learning Center Partners With Fortune 500 Companies to Offer Education Support to Employees’ Families

ORADELL, N.J., Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Huntington Learning Center has announced that it will partner with Fortune 500 companies nationwide to provide in-person and virtual academic programs including the recently launched study hall, tutoring and test prep programs, homework help, and academic performance coach program to their employees’ families. This expanded business-to-business offering will allow companies to tap into Huntington’s proven learning methods and provide much-needed support to their employees, many of whom are struggling to manage a full-time workload with family obligations.

“Huntington Learning Center is a family-founded, family-run, and family-focused company. Since the onset of the pandemic, we’ve heard from thousands of parents that they need more resources, and we, like the Fortune 500 companies we’re partnering with, are rising to the occasion to help meet that demand,” said Anne Huntington, President of Huntington Learning Center. “With approximately 300 locations across the nation, we’re uniquely

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Job losses mount for public school employees as pandemic squeezes education sector

The jobs report released Friday indicated employment losses in public education. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) Published Credit: John Moore/Getty Images Published Credit: John Moore/Getty Images

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The pandemic-induced economic downturn is taking a toll on America’s educators. 

Job gains during the month of September, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday, were weaker than expected. One of the main drivers: job losses in public education. 

Employment in local government education, or jobs largely in the K-12 public school system, dropped by 231,000 last month, the BLS reported. Employment in that sector is down by 570,300 from this time last year, according to an analysis of BLS data by Elise Gould, a senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning think tank.  

Employment in state government education, which typically includes jobs at public colleges and universities, fell by 49,000. Jobs in private education fell by

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Three MSU employees recognized by national professional and continuing education association

Contact: Karen Crow

Studio portrait of Athena Owen Nagel
Athena Owen Nagel (Photo by Russ Houston)
Studio portrait of Kiley Forsythe
Kiley Forsythe (Photo by Beth Wynn)
Studio portrait of Mark Jimerson
Mark Jimerson (Photo by Beth Wynn)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—One faculty member in Mississippi State’s Department of Geosciences and two employees in the Center for Distance Education are being honored by the University Professional and Continuing Education Association.

UPCEA is honoring Athena Owen Nagel with this year’s UPCEA South Region Professional, Continuing and Online Educator Award. This award is given to instructors who have distinguished scholarship and notable applied research through outstanding programs and teaching. An MSU faculty member for 11 years, Owen Nagel has taught courses such as geographic information systems and geology online for the length of her tenure. She is also a university recipient of the Center for Distance Education’s 2020 Online Teaching Award.

Kiley Forsythe is the recipient of the UPCEA South Region Emerging Professional, Continuing and Online Education Leader Award, recognizing

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African American State & Local Government Employees Have Higher Concerns About Health and Financial Risks of COVID-19

African American State & Local Government Employees Have Higher Concerns About Health and Financial Risks of COVID-19

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2020

Nearly 40 Percent of African American State & Local Workers Expect to Take on More Debt

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A national poll of state and local employees finds that  African American workers are more concerned than their colleagues about the potential health and economic impacts of COVID-19. Thirty-nine percent of African American state and local employees are worried about contracting the coronavirus at work as compared to 22 percent of all other survey respondents. Twenty-one percent of African American workers are concerned about a reduction in pay, which is nearly twice the level of other state and local employees (11 percent).

(PRNewsfoto/Center for State and Local Gove)
(PRNewsfoto/Center for State and Local Gove)

As the pandemic lingers, 39 percent of African American state and local employees expect to take

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