Trends and Business News

Court Weighs Pay for Interns

WSJ Careers - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 10:44
A panel of three judges in New York appeals court will take on the question of unpaid internships on Friday, in hopes of setting a standard for when employers must pay interns, and when companies can hire unpaid labor or offer college credit.

On-Demand Workers: 'We Are Not Robots'

WSJ Careers - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 10:42
Companies that rely on freelance labor describe their workers as micro-entrepreneurs. But lawsuits, protests and forums suggest that many flexible laborers feel less enthusiastic about the new work model.

CFTC's Giancarlo Proposes Swap Personnel Exams

WSJ Careers - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 10:26
CFTC Commissioner J. Christopher Giancarlo is urging the introduction of examinations for swaps traders and brokers, in the latest effort to overhaul opaque derivatives markets that have drawn criticism since the financial crisis.

Don't Sneeze: Office Etiquette for Flu Season

WSJ Careers - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 12:55
Skip a handshake, don’t spray a colleague’s desk and other rules for getting through winter at work.

Australia Debates Minimum Wage

WSJ Careers - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:39
The Outlook: Higher minimum-wage supporters in the U.S. often point to Australia as a low-unemployment country with one of the world’s highest pay floors. Now, joblessness in Australia is rising, and some are calling for a decadelong slowdown in increases to the minimum wage.

Uber Touts Its Employment Opportunities

WSJ Careers - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 00:24
Uber aimed to bolster its image as a positive economic force for cities and a responsible employer by releasing a study on the 160,000 drivers who work under contract for the company in the U.S.

No More Bouts, but the Fight Goes On

WSJ Careers - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 03:31
After losing it all, Iran Barkley is shopping his life story and working with a charity to help other former boxers get back on their feet after life knocks them down.

Memo App Lets Workers Vent Anonymously

WSJ Careers - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 15:59
Need to vent about the boss? Now, there’s an app for that.

Sparking Entrepreneurship in Teens

WSJ Careers - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 15:42
Prominent businesspeople and educators are looking for ways to teach students to be more entrepreneurial.

Can You Quit and Then Decide to Stay?

WSJ Careers - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 18:45
Returning to work with the same bosses and colleagues you were ready to abandon can be a minefield.

Why It Pays to Ask Smart Questions at a Job Interview

WSJ Careers - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 21:05
Job seekers spend all of their time preparing answers, but the questions that they ask can be as revealing to hiring managers.

Test Finds College Graduates Lack Skills for White-Collar Jobs

WSJ Careers - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 23:12
Four in 10 U.S. college students graduate without the complex reasoning skills to manage white-collar work, according to the results of a test of nearly 32,000 students.

How to Look Smarter

WSJ Careers - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 17:50
The tactics people use to project intelligence often backfire, research shows. For instance, using fancy words doesn’t work. Yet glasses do help.

Workers Get Help Climbing the Career Ladder

WSJ Careers - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 22:45
For years, companies have left employees to figure out their careers on their own. Now, a handful of firms are helping workers map out their next steps.

The $140,000-a-Year Welding Job

WSJ Careers - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 20:57
Justin Friend opted for a two-year degree in welding, and it’s paying off for the 24-year-old Texan.

Maine's State Colleges Hit the Skids

WSJ Careers - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 13:20
While many state colleges have started to rebound from the recession, the University of Maine System is in worse shape as enrollment has fallen and population projections remain grim.

Law School's Practical Side

WSJ Careers - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 14:14
A program at the University of New Hampshire School of Law that coaches students on taking depositions, drafting motions and doing legal tasks has succeeded in turning out ready-to-practice lawyers, a study says.

Report Connects Jobs, Transportation Web

WSJ Careers - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 23:41
A new report by the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management at New York University examines the relationships between transit access, income and employment.

New Year, New Job? Read This First

WSJ Careers - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 10:48
After a few bruising years for job seekers, many employers have started hiring again, and several broad surveys indicate companies will pick up the pace in this year.

Bosses Ask: Are You Happy at Work?

WSJ Careers - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 03:32
More bosses use short, frequent workplace polls to get data about how employees feel about work and help catch problems before they fester.