Financial Crisis One Year Later (NY Times)

December 16, 2009

The New York Times site has a special feature that includes articles, video, audio, and interactive files showcasing the financial crisis and related developments over the past year:


Holiday Gift Giving Dilemma: What to Do with Used Electronics

December 14, 2009

A great gift idea often times involves an electronics product. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection encourages the reuse and recycling of electronics in order to protect our environment from toxins contained in most of these items. Recycling centers, located throughout the State, can be found using the map on the FDEP site.

Miami Dade County has several locations  where residents can drop off televisions and computer monitors, personal computers, keyboards, hard drives, printers, VCRs, audio and video equipment, cell phones and hand held radios.

More environmentally friendly information can be found in the Environmental Science and Going Green! LibGuides. These guides provide links to resources about current research on environmental issues, sustainable development, energy use, and the connection between the green/sustainable culture and the Business, Hospitality and Culinary Arts majors offered here at JWU.

May Your Holidays be Happy…and Green!

NPR – Best Books of 2009

December 11, 2009

NPR has a really nice section on their site devoted to books of the year:

IRS Extends Food Industry Tip Reporting Program

December 6, 2009

The Internal Revenue Service announced on December 1st that it is extending the Attributed Tip Income Program (ATIP) to December 31, 2011. The program was scheduled to end as of December 31, 2009.

The program simplifies the recordkeeping required for reporting tip income in the food and beverage industry. Participating employers report the tip income of employees by using a formula that uses a percentage of gross receipts, which are generally allocated among employees, based on the practices of the restaurant. Participating employees do not have to keep a daily tip log or other tip records. The IRS will not initiate a tip examination during the time the employer and employee participate in ATIP.

Employers enroll in the ATIP program by checking a box on IRS Form 8027. Employees of a participating employer need to sign an agreement with their employer to have their tip income computed under the ATIP program and reported as wages.