States are cutting benefits for seasonal workers

Unemployment compensation is money paid to people who have lost a job through no fault of their own. It is temporary income meant to help make ends meet while people look for work. Persons’ eligible for unemployment compensation receive benefits biweekly for a limited number of weeks. Typically, the individual will be paid about half of what the original full-time income was before becoming unemployed.  The individual must be able and ready to return to work, either to their old job or a new job to claim unemployment benefits. For claims with an effective date of January 1, 2012 or later, the individual have to actively seek work during each week the individual claim unemployment compensation benefits.

            Seasonal workers are defined as a worker who finds work only in certain seasons. A seasonal job is a short-term position designed to fill a temporary need, usually related to the time of the year. The basic premise of a seasonal job is that employers hire seasonal staff to fill a particular need that is not expected to last more than a few weeks or months. The timeline is usually set out at the beginning so that employees are not surprised when the work ends. Until recently most states allowed seasonal employees to collect unemployment benefits during the months when they were unemployed. For example, school bus drivers, cafeteria workers, janitors, and many other school employees know they will be unemployed during the summer months. Other examples of seasonal workers include construction, hospitality, and tourists industries. Cities and communities often contract out for work like snow plowing, lawn watering, and beach lifeguarding on a seasonal basis, as these are jobs that, in most places, can only be done during certain times of the year. People who take these jobs frequently have other sources of employment, and often pick up tasks on a part-time or as needed basis.

            Federal law prohibits professional athletes from collecting unemployment benefits between seasons, and teachers from collecting unemployment benefits during the summer. Is it fair to cut unemployment for seasonal workers? Unemployment benefits are more or less a safety net; it exists to help people through tough times when they lose their jobs. Taxpayers concerns that seasonal workers who receive unemployment benefits will increase a debt burden onto them. However, individuals don’t pay unemployment insurance taxes, employers and the federal government pays into the unemployment system, and the states handle the distributions. The other factor at play into the concerns is that many of seasonal workers aren’t unemployed in the traditional sense, some are simply on hiatus. Many of these workers have jobs they will be returning to in a few months, and don’t have any incentive to find work while they are receiving unemployment benefits. This make is easy for many people to use unemployment compensation benefits as an income supplement subsidized by the federal government.

            There are currently 15 states that limit unemployment benefits to seasonal workers, and several more states have legislation in work to …

Counting the Cost: Keeping the Sabbath Holy

The Messiah said, “The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”   Mathew 13:44, 45

altLike a pearl of great price, following truth will cost a person everything.

This short, often over-looked parable was specifically given for those living at the very end of time.  It illustrates the conflict that all will face.  Each person in his or her own way is a merchantman looking for truth; each truth is a jewel.  Much that is untrue must be cast aside; worthless counterfeits must be recognized for what they are.  Sometimes it takes a lifetime of looking, but anyone truly devoted to finding the most precious, very costly Pearl of Truth will be led to it and understand it. 

The problem is, it costs a very high price.  The final test over observing the true Sabbath is the judgment of the living.  Each person passes judgment upon himself.  This is the necessary cleansing of the soul-sanctuary that must take place before the Saviour returns.  Yahushua said the merchantman had to sell all that he had in order to obtain the pearl of great price.  It will require all who would be saved of the final generation to surrender all in order to pass the judgment of the living.

Consider what surrendering “all” might have entailed in Bible times.  Suppose this merchantman quickly ran to his home and told his wife to give him her dowry money and all her jewelry, then take the children with only the clothes they were wearing and go to her father’s house for awhile because he was going to sell their home and lands, their donkey and cow, their household furnishings and food, their clothes, and her dowry.

Do you think she said, “Of course, dear.  Here you are, we’ll see you when you come for us”?  More likely she cried, shouted, pleaded, and then threatened: “If I have to go to my father’s house with nothing, not even my dowry, don’t bother coming for us.  I never want to see you again!”

The merchantman was faced with the choice: lose the costly pearl forever or give up all that he had.

In a special way that costly pearl of great price is the truth about  the ancient  lunar Sabbath.  Worship on a false day is false worship.  Only those who are willing to give up their all in order to worship the Creator on His true Sabbath will receive His seal in their foreheads.  Only those who surrender everything will be free from the mark of the Beast that is Satan worship.  Only those who love their Redeemer enough to lose all will gain all, including eternal life.  Only those who have already been looking at the many jewels of truth contained in the Bible, will be able to recognize the extremely high value of the pearl of true Sabbath worship.

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Bookkeeping: A Backbone for Small Business

Most new businessmen would hardly believe in the magic of two essential processes – accounting and bookkeeping – which can make a great difference in their business practices. They prefer handling these tasks on their own so as to stay away from any additional cost. But they overlook the consequences which can take place in the future if critical issues in accounting are not addressed carefully. In such situations, an accountant can ensure that accounting and bookkeeping practices are carried out with the utmost care and accuracy.

Small businesses have much more growth potential if they work closely with an experienced accounting firm. An accountant can make their business practices clearer and more transparent which can further help business owners take appropriate action towards the growth of their business. In addition, an expert accountant can also help them draw a profitable and highly productive business plan that can add new aspects to their existing business model. Bookkeeping in Calgary can evaluate a business model and provide required changes.

By definition, a bookkeeping service is the procedure of maintaining financial transactions of a company. It is said to be the foremost stage in accounting processes.

With regard to its significance for a business, an accountant can manage cash flow by systemizing invoices, payments, wages, and others. Furthermore, an accountant can also maintain your track records and documents so as to meet your tax obligations.

In Calgary, there are so many accounting firms who can bring you reliable and accurate accounting services. They also utilize advanced accounting tools to provide very accurate and genuine bookkeeping. But, you cannot select an accountant randomly for your business, as your business might require different types of accounting services. You should check all the key requirements for your business before selecting a particular accounting firm.

First of all, you should have a complete detail of what kind of services you are looking for. In addition, go through the nature of your business and evaluate who can help you get your finances optimized.

Secondly, select an accounting firm and scrutinize its credentials and make sure that the firm can meet your requirements. You should never forget to look inside its working procedures, as your accountant should have advanced and highly productive accounting tools to make everything quick and easy.

Last but not least, you should make sure that the accounting firm that you have selected is not confined to accounting and bookkeeping only. There are some accounting companies in Calgary where they extend their services by adding more services such as financial management, business planning, tax consulting, and many more.…