I remember starting my second job in journalism – as a news editor for Fairchild Publications, publisher of Women’s Wear Daily and other fashion business pubs. I started the gig on Jan. 3 because I was going in for a root canal the day before.

It wasn’t until much later that HR told me I wasn’t eligible for my 401(k) match that year because I hadn’t started my job at the beginning of year. My new editor hadn’t mentioned it to me – he probably didn’t even know. One of their little rules. Except that Fairchild was owned by Cap Cities, which later was acquired by ABC in a deal that made a lot of Fairchild employees wealthy. Me not so much. Because of one of their little rules.

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