Insight News

Oct 09th


Supervisor makes you want to shout?

Supervisor makes you want to shout?A reader writes:  My boss yells about everything.  I’m good at my job, but after he rages at me, it takes a while to get over it.  I feel like Cinderella.  Just when things start going well, he steps on the edge of my dress and it rips.  Then it takes me a while to sew up my self-esteem and get back to the dance.  I try not to personalize it, but it’s tough.

Hennepin residents claim tax benefit

An initiative to promote the earned-income tax credit to county residents is helping more families claim the benefit, according to a recent report provided to the county board.

In 2003 the Hennepin County Board realized that many low-income working families were not taking advantage of a tax credit designed especially for them.  County staff were directed to ensure better use of this program among eligible residents.

A graceful exit

A graceful exitJordynne caught her supervisor walking down the hall after lunch last week.  She asked, “Do you have a minute to talk?”  As they headed toward an open conference room, he said, “This is a bad news walk, isn’t it?”  Jordynne tried to talk, but just nodded instead.  Then she explained that she had been wanting to try a different kind of work, and had found something that felt like the right next step.  It was a tough decision, she said, and it was going to be hard to leave the place she’d worked happily and successfully for two years.

Attorney F. Clayton Tyler receives Criminal Law Specialist Certification

Attorney F. Clayton Tyler receives Criminal Law Specialist CertificationMinneapolis African American attorney receives prestigious recognition for skill and integrity in legal practice

The Minnesota State Bar Association announced the certification of F. Clayton Tyler as an MSBA Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist. This new Certification program is administered by the MSBA and approved by the State Board of Legal Certification.

The MSBA has been accredited as an independent professional organization for certifying attorneys as Criminal Law Specialists, Real Property Law Specialists, Civil Trial Law Specialists and Labor and Employment Law Specialists. This achievement has been earned by fewer than 3% of all licensed Minnesota attorneys.

District exceeds business goals

District exceeds business goalsThe Minneapolis Public Schools Minority, Women and Diverse Business Participation Oversight Committee (MWDB-POC) on March 10 announced the participation of women and diverse business partners for the new MPS Educational Service Center (ESC) surpassed the 25 percent goal by 20 percent, raising participation to nearly half of all business partners.

Minority and Women Business Enterprises (MWBE) proposal evaluations and contract awards are ongoing. Currently, minority- and women-owned businesses account for 45 percent of business partners and approximately $7.1 million of the $15.8 million dollars procured. Minority workers account for 45 percent of the workforce, surpassing the goal by 20 percent; women workers account for five percent of the workforce, achieving the contract goal.

Job routine can bring rewards

Job routine can bring rewardsThis is going to be the most boring article in the paper today.  And worth it. 

Dali has been complaining lately.  She says she is easily distracted, catching herself gazing out the window, taking longer smoke breaks and fighting back the yawns all afternoon.  Dali likes her job – is glad to have it – but some days it’s hard to see past the daily grind to know where her hard work will take her.

IRS offers tax help at Minneapolis Office on Saturday, March 26

The IRS office in Minneapolis located at 250 Marquette Avenue will be open on Saturday, March 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help taxpayers who may not be able to visit an IRS office during weekday business hours.
On Saturday, March 26, the IRS will provide free assistance to taxpayers who need help getting information required to file their tax returns as well as help with account questions, such as a tax balance due or audit issues. In addition, help preparing tax forms will be available for people with incomes of $49,000 or less and on a first-come, first-served basis.
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