Restaurants turn to on-demand hiring apps during the labor squeeze

Chef Matt Bolus Source: Kelli LaMatia Like many restaurant owners, Matt Bolus, executive chef of The 404 Kitchen in Nashville, had to get creative when the city shut down due to Covid-19 mandates last spring. He kept some of his core staff busy by cooking meals for the local food bank, private dinners and other … Read more

His book looks at the history of money and explains our obsession with cryptocurrency

The Money Plot by Frederick Kaufman Source: Other Press What is money? Why do we need it? These are some of the big questions writer Frederick Kaufman explores in his book “The Money Plot: A History of Currency’s Power to Enchant, Control, and Manipulate,” which was published in the thick of the pandemic. Kaufman, a … Read more

3.7 million Americans set to lose unemployment benefits early as 25 states exit federal programs

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan Chip Somodevilla | Getty Images News | Getty Images Around 3.7 million Americans will be affected by states’ early withdrawal from federal unemployment programs, according to a CNBC analysis of Labor Department data. In the past month, 25 states have announced plans to end pandemic-era benefits ahead of their formal expiration … Read more

Millions of Americans could face eviction as housing protection expires in June

No-Mad | iStock | Getty Images More than 11 million Americans are behind on their rent and many could be pushed from their homes when the national eviction ban expires in June. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s eviction moratorium, which has been in effect since September, will lift on June 30. Although the … Read more

Job searches jumped 5% in states cutting unemployment benefits, analysis finds

Peter Dazeley | The Image Bank | Getty Images The threat of losing unemployment benefits in two dozen states had a modest but short-lived effect on job search activity, according to an analysis published Thursday by job site Indeed. At least 24 states have announced their early withdrawal from pandemic-era unemployment programs since early May. … Read more

Elon Musk impersonators stole more than $2 million in crypto scams, regulator says

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla. Christophe Gateau/picture alliance via Getty Images Elon Musk impersonators have stolen at least $2 million from investors in cryptocurrency scams over the past six months, according to the Federal Trade Commission. The theft is part of a so-called “giveaway scam,” whereby con artists pose as celebrities or known figures … Read more

Small business owners missed out on thousands of dollars in loans when PPP funding ran out early

Masked visitors view art at El Museo del Barrio’s Estamos Bien exhibit. The museo has reopened but at limited capacity. Michael Palma Mir When the Paycheck Protection Program ran out of funding the first week of May – weeks ahead of its May 31 deadline – it was a huge surprise to the staff of … Read more

IRS will start issuing refunds on unemployment insurance taxes—and these taxpayers will get theirs first

The IRS will begin issuing refunds on 2020 unemployment insurance taxes to some taxpayers this week, the agency announced Friday. The refunds will be sent on a rolling basis. Single filers with the “simplest” tax returns will receive their refunds first, including those without children and those who did not claim any refundable tax credits, … Read more

States are ending federal unemployment benefits early. Here’s what to know and what’s at stake

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday that the state would end its participation in federal unemployment programs June 26. Justin Merriman | Getty Images News | Getty Images So, what’s going on? At least 16 states have elected to opt out of federal programs paying unemployment benefits. As of Thursday, they include Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, … Read more

Most Americans have just a few days left to file 2020 taxes. Here’s what to know

bymuratdeniz | iStock | Getty Images If you haven’t filed your 2020 tax return, the clock is ticking. The deadline for 2020 returns is Monday, May 17. In March, the IRS pushed back the date for individual returns due to the coronavirus pandemic, giving most Americans an extra month to file. Even with the additional … Read more