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The Editorial Board: ‘Benefits Cliff Calculator’ takes a step toward managing an economic hazard
BUFFALO, N.Y. (The Buffalo News) — In facing, head on, the “benefits cliff,” the Buffalo Niagara Partnership is making an important effort to help underemployed individuals who may risk losing benefits by accepting overtime or a promotion, while also assisting business owners overcome staffing problems.
The benefits cliff is a frustrating and pointless circumstance in which a worker loses important assistance by accepting additional income – overtime, a raise or even a new job. Earn even a dollar over the maximum allowed and all benefits may be forfeited. Financial improvement becomes elusive because of rules that hurt the worker, the employer and taxpayers.
As the Partnership’s president and CEO, Dottie Gallagher, pointed out, employees who decline that additional income aren’t being lazy; they’re making a rational economic decision. To help counter that problem, the Partnership is providing a new online tool.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (The Buffalo News) — What to know about the week ahead: The Buffalo Niagara Partnership will host a virtual event from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Roadmap for Cultural Inclusion Assessment.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBFO) — This weekend’s snowstorm is coming off Lake Erie on the eight-year anniversary of Snowvember, but there is one big difference between that storm and this one.
Instead of clogging up the highways to get to work or potentially missing work altogether, tens of thousands of Western New Yorkers can simply Zoom in from home.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (The Buffalo News) —Just when it looked like hiring was starting to pick up across the Buffalo Niagara region, it stalled out again. A Buffalo Niagara Partnership survey this fall found that finding and retaining qualified talent was their biggest concern, trumping rising labor costs, which ranked as the second-biggest challenge.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (The Buffalo News) —When can a raise, a promotion, or more work hours be a bad thing for employees?When it pushes them over the “benefits cliff.”