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Why some employers play workers to leave

Unless the company pays you to leave.

Some companies are making it easier to part ways, paying unhappy workers to bow out gracefully.

At online retailer Zappos, new hires are offered a month’s salary to leave within three months of starting their position. Amazon offers some workers up to $5,000 once a year to leave.

Why would a company pay somebody to quit? Because it can be in the employer’s best interest, too.

“We want you here because you believe in the vision and the goals of the company and can make a difference,” said Megan Petrini, the director of

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The case for and against gender quotas on corporate boards

In Europe, gender quotas are old news.

In 2003, Norway became the first country in the world to institute a gender quota for boards of directors, requiring listed companies to add female members to make up at least 40% of overall board representation. Other countries followed suit, including Belgium, France and Italy.

But in the United States, companies are loathe to institute gender and diversity requirements for membership, even as representation numbers continue to lag.

Margarethe Wiersema, professor of management at the University of California-Irvine, says the reason behind the hesitancy is very simple: Americans don’t like being

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Moonves’ negotiated exit shows the power of #TimesUp

Months have passed since celebrities first wore Time’s Up pins on the red carpet, but the advocacy organization hasn’t stopped fighting for women facing harassment.

On Sunday, Ronan Farrow published another bombshell investigation in The New Yorker. In his latest story, six new women accused CBS chief executive Leslie Moonves of sexual misconduct.

Moonves, one of America’s highest-paid CEOs, stepped down hours later — but still with hope of an eventual payout from his former employer.

“As of a couple of days ago, they were still talking about potentially letting him leave with a very generous exit package, up

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How to invest in real estate without buying a home

How can I get the benefit of real estate investments without becoming a landlord?

Real estate remains a strong investment, even with prices slowing.

But owning property can be a hassle. A huge amount of capital gets tied up in a handful of properties. And you have to deal with the logistics of holding and managing that home, office or condo.

Investing in real estate is a great way to diversify a portfolio says Jeff Rose, a certified financial planner based in Nashville.

“But you’ll only want to have 5% of your portfolio in real estate,” he says. “Up

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5 things you must do before you retire

If you’re looking forward to retirement, you’re not alone. Countless workers dream of leaving their jobs behind and enjoying the freedom of unstructured days. But before you pull the trigger on retirement, be sure to tackle the following moves so you don’t come to regret your decision later on.

1. Assess your personal savings

Hopefully, you spent much of your working years socking away money in an IRA or 401(k). If you’re thinking of retiring, now’s the time to assess your balance and see what it actually means in terms of usable day-to-day cash. It’s easy enough to look at,

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