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What could you do with your tax refund?

About 70 percent of taxpayers receive sizable refunds from the Internal Revenue Service. Just how sizable? The average refund totals about $2,800.

New nursing home regulations affect care

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a “broad revision” to regulations that affect the care of more than 1.4 million nursing home residents across the country including over 16,000 people in skilled nursing facilities in Washington State according to SkilledNursingFacilities.org. 

Prepare for changes to the state law regarding sick leave

Most employers are aware that the voters passed Initiative 1433 in November, increasing Washington state’s minimum wage, effective Jan. 1, 2017, to $11 an hour and establishing additional graduated minimum wage increases each year. 

Shaping up to lead others

I realized today that there are significant similarities between the tools of a good personal trainer in a fitness club and a manager or supervisor in a business.

What happens in the ‘other’ Washington matters, too

Last month, two dozen business leaders from Washington state headed to the “other” Washington to meet with our state’s congressional delegation and hear from key insiders about what to expect on everything from trade and health care to environmental and immigration policy.

New law addresses financial abuse of seniors

With more baby boomers aging into their later years, many are likely to show the effects aging. Two of the most common effects are less mobility and declining cognitive functions. This reduction in physical and mental ability make seniors more susceptible to abuse. 

A new horizon for Washington’s minimum wage

On Nov. 8, Washington voters passed Initiative 1433, which set, among other things, a new minimum wage for Washington employees of $11 per hour effective Jan. 1, 2017. 

Court restricts use of exempt wells

A recent Washington State Supreme Court ruling impacts the responsibilities of counties within the state to review permit-exempt (household) wells in connection with building permits and subdivision applications. 

The same retirement planning mistakes again and again

Much has been written about the classic financial mistakes that plague start-ups, family businesses, corporations and charities. Aside from these blunders, there are also some classic financial missteps that plague retirees. Calling them “mistakes” may be a bit harsh, as not all of them represent errors in judgment. Yet whether they result from ignorance or fate, we need to be aware of them as we plan for and enter retirement. 

Wineman’s Toast | Katy Perry’s experienced road to Tildio

Katy Perry, the winemaker and not the rock star, although many think of her a rock star among winemakers, was heading towards a career in paleontology before thinking she needed something more lively in her life than fossils and introverted scientists.

New rules complicate seasonal hiring

The holidays are fast approaching and retailers are already far along in their planning. That means trying to predict which items will be popular, what kind of deals will entice shoppers — and how many seasonal workers to hire this year.

Wineman’s Toast | Bottling last year’s wine before the new grapes are picked

I've been frantically blending and bottling last year's wine to make room for the new grape crop that will likely be ready to harvest by the time you read this. Yes, I could have — and should have — done this months ago. But why do now what you can put off until later? Later came early in September when last year's wine had to finally be bottled to free up space and carboys for the new wine.