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Seattle office provides financial education for staff

“People aren’t necessarily financially literate,” says Ann S. Callahan, human resources manager for Helsell Fetterman, a 30-staff, 30-attorney firm in Seattle. Personal finance “is not something they learn in school.”
As an HR person and a long-time administrator of 401k plans, Callahan has seen “a wide range of ways people use their plans and how they don’t use them.” She has seen, too, that people don’t understand how to make the most of financial planning.
So Callahan began a series of education programs for both attorneys and staff where speakers come in to explain…

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Electronic cigarettes: why your firm needs a “vaping” policy now

Your employment policies address cigarettes, and so you think you have the smoking issue covered. Well, think again. Electronic cigarettes have created new challenges for employers.
Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, first became available in the United States in 2006 and have grown in popularity. Designed to look like cigarettes, they are battery-powered devices, usually made of plastic or metal, that convert liquid nicotine into a mist, or vapor that the user inhales. The liquid nicotine is often flavored and the vapor produced resembles smoke.
How popular are e-cigarettes? Popular enough to spawn the terms “vaper,” for a smoker, and “vaping,” for the act of…

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