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2020

January

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  • Student debt increased by 107% this decade. At the end of 2009, Americans held roughly $772 billion in student loans. By the end of 2019, that total had spiked to nearly $1.6 trillion — that’s an increase of roughly 107%.
  • Deadline approaching for Equifax settlement. Consumers whose personal information was exposed by the 2017 Equifax data breach are running out of time to receive compensation, though the amount is likely to be far less than many had hoped.  The deadline
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  • Grindr and OkCupid spread personal details, study says. Popular dating services like Grindr, OkCupid and Tinder are spreading user information like dating choices and precise location to advertising and marketing companies in ways that may violate privacy laws, according to a new report
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  • When renting a home beats buying one. There are a lot of reasons someone may choose to rent rather than buy a home. But everyone’s circumstances are different and what works for one person may not work for you. The
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  • For some parents, it's too expensive to work. As Washington D.C.-area parents contend with some of the highest child care costs in the country — annual fees in the District average about $24,000 for infant care and $19,000 for toddler care — some
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  • The gig economy is coming for your job. Uber Works, along with and the NEW GIG Act treat apps as a legal turnstile. Spin through, and the limited certainty and benefits that come with being an employee disappear. There is no intrinsic limit
  • Labor Dept. rule to curb lawsuits by franchise workers. Workers could have more difficulty suing large companies for wrongdoing by contractors or franchisees under a rule announced on Sunday by the Labor Department. Under the rule, which will take effect in March, employees of
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