House Committee Considers Ideas To Boost Participation In Retirement Plans

Simplifying the employer-sponsored retirement system would give small business owners more incentive to sponsor a retirement plan, and educating workers about the tax breaks of saving and investing would motivate more workers to sign up, experts said at a House committee hearing last week. There also exists a perception gap between the 56 percent of workers… Read more »

Orioles’ Chris Davis picked as team’s nominee for Hank Aaron Award

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has been named the club’s nominee for the annual Hank Aaron Award. Davis, who led the major leagues with a franchise-record 53 home runs and also led the majors with 138 RBIs and 96 extra-base hits, is one of 30 finalists — one from each team — announced Monday. Major… Read more »

House votes to keep government open, defund ObamaCare

The House voted Friday to keep the government open through mid-December but only if Congress strips funding from ObamaCare. The vote was 230 to 189, and largely expected. Current funding for the government is set to expire at the end of the month, and lawmakers must approve the stopgap bill in order to keep Washington… Read more »

CA approves wellness concept for downtown fitness club

The Columbia Association Board of Directors approved Thursday the mind-body wellness concept for its downtown fitness club, which is scheduled to open in the Rouse Company building next September. The concept, which consultants presented to the board in May, will offer customers a place to “relax, retreat and rejuvenate,” and was selected based on the… Read more »

The Maryland Seafood Festival

The Maryland Seafood Festival is a rich tradition in the State and has been held annually for 45 years, with the most recent 30 years being held the weekend after Labor Day at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, Maryland. That tradition has been built around a safe, family friendly environment showcasing the great seafood… Read more »

The History of Labor Day

Labor Day: How it Came About; What it Means Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our… Read more »

Businesses claim Obamacare has forced them to cut employee hours

Employers around the country, from fast-food franchises to colleges, have told NBC News that they will be cutting workers’ hours below 30 a week because they can’t afford to offer the health insurance mandated by the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. “To tell somebody that you’ve got to decrease their hours because of… Read more »

Fridays After Five Patio Party

This summer, the Maryland Science Center will liven up its harbor terrace with tunes and treats at its all-new Patio Party series. Patio Parties will occur rain or shine on select Fridays alongside the discounted admission for Fridays After Five in July and August. Science Center admission is not required to participate in the party. These summertime celebrations feature live, family-friendly music, good food, beer,… Read more »

Maryland Releases Health Insurance Rates

Information Provided by:  http://www.webmd.com/health-insurance/md/20130801/maryland-releases-rates Maryland has published the rates for health insurance available through its Marketplace, the Maryland Health Connection, starting Oct. 1. The prices vary depending upon your age, geographic location, whether you’re a smoker, and the level of plan you choose. Of the four levels — bronze, silver, gold, and platinum — bronze-level… Read more »