Yuki Noguchi http://publicradiodelmarva.net en When Being Pregnant Also Means Being Out Of A Job http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/when-being-pregnant-also-means-being-out-job The workplace has become a more understanding place for pregnant women or new moms these days. Many companies now have lactation rooms and offer more liberal maternity and paternity leave policies than in years past.<p>But for some women, pregnancy can still be a career liability.<p>Heather Myers was fresh out of high school and working at a Wal-Mart in Salina, Kan., in 2006 when she found out she was pregnant. She kept a water bottle with her on the sales floor, as her doctor recommended. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:51:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 52739 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net When Being Pregnant Also Means Being Out Of A Job When Divorce Leads To A Happily Ever After For A Small Business http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/when-divorce-leads-happily-ever-after-small-business Married couples in America co-own 3.7 million small businesses, according to the Census Bureau, and the arrangement can be fruitful when both marriage and business are going well. But what happens when it doesn't? Most of the time, when the love dies, the business relationship ends, too.<p>But that's not always the case.<p>Take Rhonda Sanderson and her ex-husband. They divorced the way many do, fighting over money and various other things. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:27:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 52682 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net When Divorce Leads To A Happily Ever After For A Small Business Can't Ask That? Some Job Interviewers Go To Social Media Instead http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/cant-ask-some-job-interviewers-go-social-media-instead Many of Don Kluemper's management students at the University of Illinois at Chicago have had this experience: After going on a job interview, they sometimes receive "friend" requests from their interviewers.<p>It puts the students in a bind, he says. They fear that not accepting the request might hurt their job chances, but they also feel compelled to scrub their profiles before accepting.<p>"They didn't know why they were being friended," Kluemper says. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:31:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 52436 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Can't Ask That? Some Job Interviewers Go To Social Media Instead Stop, Thief! When Colleagues Steal From The Office Fridge http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/stop-thief-when-colleagues-steal-office-fridge As a wedding planner, <a href="http://www.etiquettehell.com/content/eh_misc/news_room/jeannebio1.shtml">Jeanne Hamilton</a> saw her share of very bad manners — people who made her think, "There should be an etiquette hell for people like you."<p>And bingo! That was the beginning of her website, <a href="http://www.etiquettehell.com/">Etiquette Hell</a>, a repository of more than 6,000 firsthand accounts of bad behavior people witness in their fellow peers.<p>And the most frequent complaint? Fridge theft. It's rampant, apparently, in offices all over the world.<p>"It's the No. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 22:24:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 51909 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Stop, Thief! When Colleagues Steal From The Office Fridge An Intern At 40-Something, And 'Paid In Hugs' http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/intern-40-something-and-paid-hugs As the job market improves and people are trying to get back to work, more older workers in their 40s and 50s are signing on for internships. It could pay off, but it can come with some difficult trade-offs.<p>For Renee Killian, 47, it has meant working an unpaid stint alongside fellow interns who are less than half her age. Killian's dayside duties at the Red Cross in Washington, D.C., often involve making sure the response trucks are properly stocked with blankets, water bottles and cleaning kits. At night, she is a volunteer on call. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 07:08:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 51766 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net An Intern At 40-Something, And 'Paid In Hugs' OK To Vape In The Office? Cities, Feds and Firms Still Deciding http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/ok-vape-office-cities-feds-and-firms-still-deciding E-cigarettes aren't yet federally regulated as tobacco products, but many cities and some states are already moving to include the devices in their smoking bans. Such bans are raising a debate about whether e-cigarettes should be permitted to be used in smoke-free workplaces.<p>Gary Nolan was a two-pack-a-day cigarette smoker until he switched to e-cigs. Now Nolan, who hosts a libertarian talk show based in Columbia, Mo., freely puffs — or vapes, as it's come to be called — at work.<p>"I'm in a closed studio," Nolan says. "There are no open windows. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:43:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 51230 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net OK To Vape In The Office? Cities, Feds and Firms Still Deciding In First Press Conference, New Fed Chair Goes Vague http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/first-press-conference-new-fed-chair-goes-vague Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>Federal Reserve policymakers say it's not your imagination, there has been an economic slowdown over the past few months. The pullback was partly due to the harsh winter weather. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:31:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 51091 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Fannie Mae: Now Free From Debt But Still Under Government's Wing http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/fannie-mae-now-free-debt-still-under-governments-wing With another $7.2 billion in payments to the Treasury Department, Fannie Mae is now in the black for the first time since it entered conservatorship in 2008. Yet Fannie's future is as murky as ever. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:21:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 49701 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Demographic Shifts Contribute To The Changing Face Of Retail http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/demographic-shifts-contribute-changing-face-retail So far this year, retail chains have announced some heavy cuts. J.C. Penney said it would <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/16/263048331/j-c-penney-cutting-2-000-jobs-closing-33-stores">close 33 stores</a>. Macy's said it would <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/09/260935269/loehmanns-to-liquidate-macys-cuts-jobs-in-reorganization">lay off 2,500 workers</a>. Sears will close its flagship Chicago store in April.<p>That's creating a glut of excess space. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:43:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 49446 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Demographic Shifts Contribute To The Changing Face Of Retail With New Rules, Pot Business Gets A Little Less Hazy For Banks http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/new-rules-pot-business-gets-little-less-hazy-banks Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>The Treasury and Justice Departments today sought to clarify for banks how they might navigate the murky legal waters of the marijuana business. Murky because pot is legal in a growing number of states but remains illegal under federal law. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:32:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 49330 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Job Growth Runs Cold In January http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/job-growth-runs-cold-january Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. And we'll begin the hour with the latest snapshot of the American economy. Once again, the news is mostly disappointing. Employers added a scant 113,000 jobs to payrolls last month. That's the second straight month where hiring fell far below expectations. On the other hand, the unemployment rate fell slightly and a good number of people who've been out of work for a long time found jobs.<p>Taken together, it's a bit of a head scratcher. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 21:50:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 48968 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Drug Store Plans To Rid Its Shelves Of Tobacco Products http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/drug-store-plans-rid-its-shelves-tobacco-products The pharmacy giant CVS plans to eliminate cigarettes and other tobacco products from its stores by October. The company says it made the decision because the drug store business is changing and that selling cigarettes is no longer consistent with its mission. Medical experts and the White House hailed the move. NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 21:42:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 48836 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net CVS Caremark To Clear Shelves Of Tobacco Products http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/cvs-caremark-clear-shelves-tobacco-products Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rene Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>Let's talk about the change coming to the giant pharmacy chain CVS. If you walk into one of those drugstores, you're liable to see cigarettes for sale behind the counter, along with other tobacco products. But according to the company, that's not going to last much longer. The company says it's going to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 12:44:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 48797 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Meet The myRA — Obama's New Retirement Plan http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/meet-myra-obamas-new-retirement-plan Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>President Obama has already made good on one of the promises in his State of the Union speech last night. Today, he directed the Treasury Department to create a new retirement plan called myRA. The idea is to make it easier for people who don't have retirement plans to start putting something away. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:30:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 48447 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net The Income Gap: How Much Is Too Much? http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/study-complicates-debate-over-income-inequality In the debate over income inequality, the right and left seem to agree on one point: The U.S. is more the land of equal opportunity than the land of equal outcomes.<p>But what's the real relationship between the growing income gap and opportunity? <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/01/23/265356290/study-upward-mobility-no-tougher-in-u-s-than-two-decades-ago">A new report out last week</a> has triggered more debate about the haves and the have-nots.<p>The study, led by Raj Chetty of Harvard University, says it's not any harder to achieve economically in the U.S. today than it was 20 years ago. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 17:48:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 48258 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net The Income Gap: How Much Is Too Much? Hackers Go 'Phishing' In The Wake Of Target Data Breach http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/hackers-go-phishing-wake-target-data-breach The retailing giant Target is doing what it can to limit the damage from a massive data breach. But there are signs that other hackers are trying to take advantage of the original data theft with elaborate "phishing" schemes. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 23:26:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 48010 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Tough To Make Ends Meet Even With Unemployment Benefits http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/tough-make-ends-meet-even-unemployment-benefits Congress returns to Washington this week, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has pledged the first item on the agenda will be restoring long-term unemployment benefits. Those benefits expired last week, and an estimated 1.3 million people stopped receiving checks. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 11:26:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 47218 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Rising Home Prices Are Good News For Owners, Not So Much For Buyers http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/rising-home-prices-are-good-news-owners-buyers Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel. And now, the latest in our series Number of the Year. We're taking numbers and exploring what they tell us about the year that was 2013. Today, NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports on the number 13. That is the estimated percentage of how much home prices have risen this year.<p>YUKI NOGUCHI, BYLINE: That 13 percent is lucky or unlucky depending which side of home ownership you're on. Wed, 25 Dec 2013 21:47:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 46743 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net GlaxoSmithKline To Stop Paying Doctors To Promote Its Drugs http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/glaxosmithkline-stop-paying-doctors-promote-its-drugs Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Today, one of the biggest drug companies in the world announced changes to its marketing practices. GlaxoSmithKline says the idea is to be more transparent about how it sells its drugs. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 21:59:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 46389 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Economists, Unemployed Fret Over Long-Term Jobless Aid Lapse http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/economists-unemployed-fret-over-long-term-jobless-aid-lapse Democrats in Congress are promising to try to retroactively extend emergency unemployment benefits after the new year. With the House already in recess, the benefits are expected to expire at the end of the month.<p>The Senate is still in Washington working on a bipartisan budget agreement passed by the House before it left town last week, but the bill does not include a benefits extension.<p>Extending the jobless aid is something the White House pushed. Without a congressional action, those who have been receiving benefits for more than six months will stop receiving checks as of Dec. 28. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 08:17:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 46339 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Economists, Unemployed Fret Over Long-Term Jobless Aid Lapse Twitter Critics Say It's Not Sensitive Enough To Cyberbullying http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/twitter-critics-say-its-not-sensitive-enough-cyberbullying On Thursday, Twitter introduced — and later in the day, withdrew — a change to its "blocking" policy.<p>Thursday afternoon, the microblogging site started allowing users who had been blocked to continue to follow, respond to or retweet posts from people who had blocked them.<p>User response came swiftly. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 23:21:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 46223 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Twitter Critics Say It's Not Sensitive Enough To Cyberbullying Companies Revisit 'Rank And Yank' of 1980s http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/companies-revisit-1980s-rank-and-yank Longtime General Electric CEO and management icon Jack Welch popularized a management style in the 1980s that critics dubbed "rank and yank." The system ranks employees — with under-performers getting yanked from their jobs or the company. This old practice is in the news again. Microsoft recently did away with it. But other companies are embracing it. Mon, 02 Dec 2013 09:50:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 45563 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Small Firms May Soon Turn To Crowdfunding To Sell Shares http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/small-firms-may-soon-turn-crowdfunding-sell-shares Crowdfunding is popular among musicians, filmmakers and artists looking for a way to finance their next project.<p>Now the Securities and Exchange Commission is <a href="http://www.sec.gov/News/PressRelease/Detail/PressRelease/1370540017677#.UpO6n9KshcY">considering rules</a> that, for the first time, would allow small companies to solicit investments over the Internet and sell shares to the general public.<p>For some small firms, these new rules come as welcome news.<p>Shane Emmett, CEO of Health Warrior, which makes a line of nutrition bars made of chia seeds, says his company is looking to Tue, 26 Nov 2013 07:57:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 45283 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Small Firms May Soon Turn To Crowdfunding To Sell Shares Obama Taps Treasury's Bailout Lawyer To Lead Derivatives Watchdog http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/obama-taps-treasurys-bailout-lawyer-lead-derivatives-watchdog Timothy Massad is nominated to head the Commodities Futures Trading Commission. He would replace Gary Gensler, whose four-year tenure was marred by questions of his professional ties to Jon Corzine and the downfall of MF Global. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 22:12:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 44567 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net October Added More Jobs Than Expected, But Are They Good Jobs? http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/october-added-more-jobs-expected-are-they-good-jobs Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block in Washington.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish at NPR West in Culver City, California. This morning many economists were bracing for disappointing numbers from the Labor Department. But in fact, October hiring beat the estimates. Businesses seemed to shrug off last month's government shutdown, although the unemployment rate did tick up slightly to 7.3 percent. NPR's Yuki Noguchi explains.<p>YUKI NOGUCHI, BYLINE: Last month was no ordinary month. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 21:39:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 44380 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Economic, Political Volatility Cloud Housing Recovery http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/economic-political-volatility-cloud-housing-recovery Housing has been one of the bright spots in the economy this year. This week, a report showed that home prices in the top 20 cities continued their robust upward march in August. There are also far fewer foreclosure sales and other signs of distress in the market.<p>But the Federal Reserve expressed concern Wednesday about the slowing housing market. Pending home sales fell far more than expected. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 21:08:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 43912 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Economic, Political Volatility Cloud Housing Recovery Moving In With Manufacturers, Amazon Delivers A New Approach http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/moving-manufacturers-amazon-delivers-new-approach Amazon's business is built on three basic concepts: faster delivery, greater selection, and cheaper prices.<p>In service of that, it has built enormous warehouses staffed <a href="http://youtu.be/kRg_1j-iWFU">largely by robots</a> that shuttle around, pulling goods out of bins at remarkable speed. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 07:42:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 43649 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Moving In With Manufacturers, Amazon Delivers A New Approach Enrollments For Health Care Exchanges Trickle In, Slowly http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/enrollments-health-care-exchanges-trickle-slowly The Obama administration's hopes ran high that millions would flock to enroll for health insurance on state and federal exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act.<p>Those exchanges went online Oct. 1. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 07:03:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 43251 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Shutdown Hits Usually Stable Business: Government Contractors http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/shutdown-hits-usually-stable-business-government-contractors Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>More than 400,000 federal workers remain on furlough. That's the situation even after many Defense Department workers were called back to the office. And then there are federal contractors. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 08:44:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 42675 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net When It Comes To Businesses, How Big Is Small? http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/when-it-comes-businesses-how-big-small <em>First in a series about small businesses in America.</em><p>Small businesses are celebrated and exalted as the hard-working, most deserving members of the political economy. They get tax breaks, and they're touted as the engines of job creation.<p>But a basic question: What <em>is</em> a small business? It turns out there is no one definition.<p><strong>Classifications Of Small</strong><p>Are small businesses made up of just mom and pop shops? Tue, 24 Sep 2013 07:58:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 41695 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net When It Comes To Businesses, How Big Is Small?