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Four tips to get the best price with Florida’s hurricane prep sales tax holiday

Florida’s sales tax holiday for hurricane supplies starts Friday and runs through Sunday, June 6. Before you go to the store though, you should be aware of a number of caveats and exceptions on what you can buy and not pay sales tax on.  Let’s examine four tips to make you a more savvy shopper. Tip one: It’s not carte blanche  Florida’s sales tax holiday is not offered carte blanche. Only certain items are allowed to be sold without sales tax as determined by the State of Florida. What qualifies isn’t up to the store’s discretion, and it’s not up to...

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Labor shortage crisis cripples some SWFL businesses

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – A labor shortage crisis is crippling some businesses in Southwest Florida. Simply put, there are more jobs than workers. Some people are blaming that on the $1,200 a month in federal unemployment that is set to end. The job placement firm Career Source warns that ending unemployment funds won’t solve the labor shortage. Employment experts reveal the problem is much more complex. The worker shortage crisis is affecting more than just businesses. It’s affecting employees too.   Bubba’s Roadhouse and Saloon employees like many in the industry are working...

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Important things to know before the stock market opens Wednesday

Here’s a list of the most important news, trends and analysis that investors need to start their trading day: 1. Dow could rebound after breaking three-day winning streak Stock futures for the United States increased on Wednesday after the Dow broke a three-day winning streak. The 30-stock average closed down 81 points on Tuesday as the market struggled for direction ahead of Memorial Day weekend. It was up more than 100 points at session highs. 2. Bitcoin makes some progress, but the recent collapse has strengthened gold prices Prices for the popular cryptocurrency “Bitcoin”...

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Companies could legally require employees to get vaccinated

FORT MYERS, Fla. — More and more people are getting vaccinated from the coronavirus every single day. That means getting life back to normal, and for many, back to work.  But can your employer ask if you got your vaccine? Or even more, can your work require you to get a shot?  “Yes,” says Attorney Lance Dunford, a partner at the Law Firm of Scott T. Moorey. “The simple answer is yes.” Employers can even go as far as to see your vaccine card, despite Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order against vaccine passports.  “What’s on this vaccination card does not give any...

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36,000 faux AirPods seized by US Customs

CINCINNATI, Oh. / CNN — US Customs and Border Protection officers have seized 36,000 headphones that resembled Apple AirPods. CBP in Cincinnati said that the headphones, which arrived in three shipments from China, were in violation of “trademark and copyright codes,” according to a news release. The wireless headphones violated trademarks that “protected Apple configuration” recorded with CBP, the release said. “Counterfeit products can be deceiving at first glance,” Cincinnati Port Director Richard Gillespie said in a statement. “They’re...

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Hyundai & Kia spend $7 billion in US electric car push

Hyundai and Kia are pouring billions of dollars into the United States, where they plan to start building electric cars and invest more in futuristic technologies. The South Korean carmakers announced Thursday that they would invest $7.4 billion in the country over the next four years, CNN reports. The funding will help the companies gradually expand manufacturing, though they said in a statement that exact plans have yet to be finalized. Hyundai aims to kick off electric vehicle production in the United States next year. The move bolsters the automaker’s presence stateside, where it...

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McDonald’s is raising wages at company-owned restaurants

McDonald’s is the latest restaurant to say it’s raising wages in a bid to attract workers. The company is increasing hourly employees’ pay by about 10 percent, it announced Thursday — but the change applies only to a small percentage of staff. Entry-level employees will earn at least $11 to $17 an hour, the company said in a statement. Shift managers will earn at least $15 to $20 an hour, CNN reports. The company has already started implementing the increases and will continue to roll them out in the months ahead. Hourly wages should reach $15 on average at the restaurants...

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Chick-fil-A faces sauce shortage

Chick-fil-A is limiting the number of sauces it’s giving out to customers as the chain faces a shortage. The chicken chain said the shortage is due to industry-wide supply chain issues. At many of its 2,600 US locations, Chick-fil-A will only be giving customers one or two dipping sauces per item ordered. “We are actively working to make adjustments to solve this issue quickly and apologize to our guests for any inconvenience,” the company said in a statement. Fast food chains have been hit especially hard in recent months with both a labor shortage and supply chain issues....

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Target to launch its own line of plant-based food

Target is launching its own line of plant-based foods as demand continues to rise for meat and dairy alternatives. More than 30 foods including vegan spreads, almondmilk creamer, oat milk, plant-based dips and meat and chicken alternatives are included in the new assortment. The company described the collection as “on-trend, flavorful, high-quality options at incredible value,” with items priced under $8, reported CNN. The food was developed and tested in-house and is using the “Good & Gather” branding, which is its flagship food brand that launched two years ago....

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