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A Brief History In March 2014, the Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision in U.S. v. Quality Stores, Inc. by holding that severance packages are taxable wages for FICA purposes.  You probably wonder, “What is FICA tax and does it affect my pay?”  After all, many pay stubs have a box labeled “FICA.” To give a FICA definition: This “umbrella” program encompasses Social Security, Medicare, and certain other federal programs.  Do you want to understand the details of your paystub? What is FICA after all?  Learn what FICA stands for and what it is for now in the paragraphs…

A Brief History In August 1935, the chemical synthesis of testosterone from cholesterol was achieved by German biochemist Adolf Butenandt (1903–1995) and G. Hanisch.  Nearly a century later, we ask, “Should you get a testosterone test?” There are many reasons to ensure you have healthy testosterone levels. Did you know that 1 in 4 men over the age of 30 have low testosterone levels?  The scary part is that many men are not aware of their low testosterone levels, as only 1 in 20 men show clinical symptoms that would link to a deficiency.  Therefore, because regular testing can’t always…

A Brief History Twenty years ago, on April 20, 1999, 12 students and one teacher were killed during a school shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. It was one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.  Since then, there have been more than 200 other school shootings that have taken place all across the country. From the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007 to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, school shootings have become all too common over the last two decades. As a result, it is not uncommon to see a classroom door lockdown device…

A Brief History In the sixteenth century, the term “marketing” first appeared in dictionaries, where it referred to the process of buying and selling at a market.  Today, whether you are starting new or want to expand, one thing you will have to do is market your services or products. In today’s world marketing takes even more center place because of the intense competition and new competitors entering the market every day.  It sure seems like an easy task that it just takes financial inputs to create a successful marketing campaign. In fact, nothing can be farther from the truth…

A Brief History In 1822, the birth of leisure cruising began with the formation of the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company.  Today, choosing a cruise line and itinerary can be overwhelming- with so many options and children to consider.  Here is how to plan a cruise to suit everyone!  According to one source, about 20 million people will end up going on a cruise sometime this year.   A cruise can be a great way to spend time with your family and create memories you all will never forget; however, choosing a cruise line and itinerary can be overwhelming- with…