Prepare W-4 2020, other benefits when you get a new job

Peter Dunn, Special to USA TODAY
Published 11:26 a.m. ET Sept. 20, 2020 | Updated 3:41 p.m. ET Sept. 21, 2020


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Dear Pete,

I’ve been without work income for four months now, but I just received a job offer. I haven’t started a new job for almost twenty years, as I’d been with the same company that entire time. When it comes to starting a new job, have things changed from a benefits and procedural perspective? I want to make sure I don’t make any mistakes.

–  Allison, New Haven, Connecticut

Congratulations. And I hope millions of other Americans are soon able to experience what you’re about to experience.

You’re smart to pause and ensure your onboarding process goes smoothly. It’s incredibly easy to

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Hackers appear to leak personal data of 1,000 Belarusian police officers ahead of rally

Anonymous hackers appeared to have leaked the personal data of more than 1,000 Belarusian police officers in retaliation for a growing crackdown against demonstrators, before thousands gathered in capital Minsk on Sunday to protest against strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko’s rule.

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Distributed on the Telegram messaging app by the opposition news channel NEXTA Live on Saturday, the Google document contained a list of 1,003 names of officers as well as their birthdates, ranks, places of work and hometowns.


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Separately, NEXTA released seven entries contained personal information, including addresses and phone numbers, belonging to members of the special anti-terror unit of the interior ministry.

“If detentions continue, we will continue to publish data on a massive scale,” NEXTA said in a statement, alongside the Telegram message.

NBC News has seen the list, but was unable to verify whether the information contained in the document was

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AlarmHive Alarm Industry Business Management Software From: AlarmHive

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, July 17, 2020 — Over the course of the past 18 months, a company that started with one person’s vision of how work could improve for alarm dealers, was slowly building momentum. AlarmHive is now at the cusp of launching what they believe is an industry-changing business management software that was built from the ground-up for independent alarm dealers. The brainchild behind this movement is Richard Brimhall, Co-Founder of AlarmHive. He has been working tirelessly behind the scenes, along with his business partner, Trent Whatcott, and their founding team of professionals to create AlarmHive. Richard states that as he has worked throughout the industry, he felt dealers’ frustration with the current offering of business management software, and he knew there had to be a better way. He explained it as follows:

“I have worked just about every position within the alarm industry over the course of

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Socialbakers acquired by customer engagement company Astute

Astute, a customer engagement platform headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, is announcing that it has acquired social media marketing company Socialbakers.

The financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Socialbakers CEO Yuval Ben-Itzhak will become president of Socialbakers for the combined company, and he told me via email that the entire Socialbakers team will be joining as well, resulting in a combined organization with more than 600 employees and $100 million in annual recurring revenue.

Socialbakers was one of the last independent players from the first wave of social analytics. Founded in 2008 and based in Prague, the company raised a total of $34 million in funding, according to Crunchbase, from investors including Earlybird Venture Capital and Index Ventures. And it’s used by more than 2,500 brands globally.

Astute, meanwhile, has been around for 25 years, and focuses on unifying customer data. Ben-Itzhak said that by acquiring Socialbakers, Astute will

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100,000 march in Belarus capital on 50th day of protests

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Job-based premiums continue to rise faster than wages, inflation

Annual premiums for job-based family coverage rose to $21,342 on average this year, according to an annual survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

That’s 3.7% higher than the cost of family coverage in 2019. Workers are paying more than a fourth of that tab—$5,588—with their employers picking up the rest. Meanwhile, premiums for individual coverage reached $7,470, an increase of 3.9%, with workers paying about 17% of the share at $1,243.

About 157 million people have employer-sponsored health coverage. Premiums for job-based insurance continue to rise at rates faster than workers’ wages and general inflation, which rose 3.4% and 2.1% year-over-year, respectively, the report showed. Over the last decade, average family premiums soared 55%, while wages grew 27% and inflation increased 19%.

The COVID-19 pandemic has threatened to disrupt employer-sponsored coverage, as companies lay off workers amid the economic downturn. Though estimates vary, multiple studies concluded that millions have lost

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COVID-19 Accelerates Insurance Digitalization to Meet Customer Demand: World InsurTech Report 2020

Adopting a new mindset, leveraging intelligent processes and collaborating with ecosystem partners will be crucial to meet rising business and customer needs

Insurers must explore new ways to build capabilities to meet the digital needs of customers as BigTechs1 and non-traditional players enter the insurance space, according to the World InsurTech Report 2020 (WITR) published today from Capgemini and Efma.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here:

World InsurTech Report 2020 Infographic (Graphic: Business Wire)

With COVID-19 increasing customer engagement and expectations, the World InsurTech Report 2020 outlines a growing opportunity for InsurTechs, as insurers focus on their digitalization efforts. As BigTechs make their presence felt in insurance, the boundaries between insurance, InsurTechs, BigTechs, and tech partners are blurring. Insurers need to improve on high-impact focus areas including customer centricity, intelligent processes, product agility and an open ecosystem to remain competitive.

“Insurers have to look

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Go-Go Activism, Both Personal and Political, Is Coming Into Its Power in D.C.

In late August, on the night before Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testified before the House of Representatives about service cuts designed to manipulate the upcoming presidential election, ShutDownDC and Long Live GoGo organized a protest in front of his Kalorama apartment building. 

Go-go bounce beat band TOB performed on a flatbed truck in front of a banner that read, “Wait a minute, Mr. Postman.” 

Days later, when President Trump delivered his Republican National Convention acceptance speech on the White House’s South Lawn, TOB played at a “Drown Out Trump” demonstration just a few blocks away. Police would not let them get closer than Constitution Avenue NW, but TOB lead talker “Lil Chris” Proctor is certain that RNC attendees could hear the beat. “Bounce beat has really heavy percussion and drums,” he says. “We were playing real loud.”

And last week, when protestors paid an early morning “No Justice, No Sleep”

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Dhamaka offers! HDFC Bank launches over 3000 deals on shopping, credit cards, business loans, personal, auto and home loans


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As a part of its annual financial services dhamaka, HDFC Bank has launched ‘Festive Treats’! Under these financial services dhamaka offers, customers can avail of special deals on all banking products from loans to bank accounts, with over 1000+ offers from leading players and over 2,000 hyper local offers through tie ups with local merchants across semi urban and rural locations.

“In light of the unprecedented situation due to Covid19, all deals and offers this year can also be availed of digitally from the safety customers’ homes, in addition to over the counter at branches, partner stores and dealerships. On the heels of its Summer Treats festival, the bank expects mobiles, consumer durable, and electronics categories to do well in addition to apparels, jewellery and dining-in due to the festive season,” HDFC Bank said in a statement.

Offers will be available across the entire range

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Ares Capital’s NAV, Dividend, And Valuation Vs. 14 BDC Peers – Part 2 (Includes Q4 2020 Dividend Projection For All Peers) (NASDAQ:ARCC)

Focus of Article:

The focus of this two-part article is a very detailed analysis comparing Ares Capital Corp. (ARCC) to some of the company’s business development company (“BDC”) peers (all sector peers I currently cover). I am writing this two-part article due to the continued requests that such an analysis be specifically performed on ARCC and some of the company’s BDC peers at periodic intervals. For readers who just want the summarized conclusions/results, I would suggest to scroll down to the “Conclusions Drawn” section at the bottom of each part of the article.

PART 1 of this article analyzed ARCC’s recent quarterly results and compared several of the company’s metrics to fourteen BDC peers. PART 1 helps lead to a better understanding of the topics and analysis that will be discussed in PART 2. The link to PART 1’s analysis is provided below:

Ares Capital’s NAV, Dividend, And Valuation Vs.

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