Anna Helhoski, NerdWallet Published 7:30 pm CDT, Friday, June 28, 2019 This article was first published on NerdWallet.com. When Collis Robinson attended Berea College in Kentucky, he worked typical campus jobs — cleaning restrooms and setting up events. But he also worked jobs students don’t usually do, including comptroller for the campus activities board and, as a senior, student director of the board. “I led 22 people and had a $70,000 budget to manage,” says Robinson, now the director of student labor at Berea. “I got to gain a lot of transferable skills.” Gaining work experience while getting an education was made even sweeter by the fact that Robinson didn’t pay a dime in tuition. Berea College is called a “work college,” meaning students must work as part of the learning experience toward a degree. There are nine official four-year work colleges, but only three offer free tuition, including Berea. Most … [Read more...] about These Colleges Will Pay Tuition, but You’ll Work for It
Paying national insurance when not working
Carl Lamb, managing director of Almary Green Archant This week, our reader wants to know whether their employer still needs to contribute to their pension if they’ve reached retirement age, and when they should start taking their pension. Carl Lamb of Almary Green responds. MORE: Ask the Expert: I need my pension to top up my income — how do I manage that?Reader question:I’m a bit like the person in last week’s question: I am about to start taking my state pension and am still working part-time earning about £500 a month before tax. My employer is a one-man band and I do all the paperwork including the payroll records. Can you confirm please that I should just stop taking the National Insurance from my pay? Does my employer still have to pay into my work pension now I’ve reached retirement age? I don’t plan to start taking it yet.Almary Green response:There are two halves to this question, so let’s deal with them separately. … [Read more...] about Does my employer still have to contribute to my pension when I’ve reached retirement age?
By: Chris Carter 05/04/2019 Works of art that have been attributed to great artists can fool even the experts, says Chris Carter.Last month, thieves in Italy made off with what they thought was a painting by the Flemish master Pieter Brueghel the Younger from a church in Castelnuovo Magra, Liguria. But the piece they made off with was, in fact, worth almost nothing. The police had switched the paintings having learned in advance of the audacious plot. The robbers can console themselves with knowing that, when it comes to identifying and attributing great works of art, even the experts can get it wrong. In 2016, Jan Six XI, an art dealer in Amsterdam, realised something wasn’t right when he saw a portrait attributed to Rembrandt’s circle going up for auction with Christie’s in London. Six believed that the way in which the subject’s lace collar was painted, and the fact that Rembrandt at the time of the painting didn’t yet have a circle, … [Read more...] about Why it pays to look twice at works of art
Andrew Selsky Associated Press Published 7:27 AM EST Jan 18, 2019 Salem, Ore. – An ailing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worker in Oregon said she can’t learn why her federally paid insurance lapsed months ago or get it reinstated because of the partial government shutdown, leaving her scrambling to find a way to pay for nutrients that keep her alive. Jasmine Tool said she only has enough of the formula that she gets through a feeding tube to last through Friday. “If don’t get more, I will begin to starve,” she told the Associated Press on Thursday. The U.S. government has said employees with active insurance will not experience lapses during the shutdown. Tool’s situation is unusual but shows the unexpected ways the shutdown can affect people. Democratic U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon has pointed to Tool’s plight to call for an end to the four-week-long shutdown. “How can it be that a country as rich and powerful as ours fails … [Read more...] about Ailing US worker: Gov’t needs to reactivate insurance
The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is a government-sponsored system where people are entitled to healthcare without cost at the point of use. Here, author Jennifer Still, an American living in the UK, lays out five reasons why she believes the NHS is “superior” to the healthcare system in the US. When I lived in the US, I rarely went to the doctor. I didn’t have work-provided health insurance and I couldn’t afford any of the plans with exceptionally high premiums offered to individuals on the marketplace. This meant that my “insurance” plan, like many other Americans, was “don’t get sick.” It’s a frightening and somewhat depressing reality to live with, but that reality has shifted greatly since I moved to the UK a few years ago as the partner of a British citizen. The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is alive and, while not completely well, a vital part of the lives of the millions who live here. Here … [Read more...] about As an American living in the UK, here are 5 ways Britain’s National Health Service is superior to US healthcare