Trends and Business News

Wingsuit Test Pilot Has Thrills Galore, No Prospects for Life Insurance

WSJ Careers - Mon, 12/05/2016 - 23:53
Former Marine Scotty Bob Morgan jumps off mountains and out of helicopters in experimental nylon suits that allow daredevils to maneuver in the air; ‘you don’t want to be the error.’ ​

Huawei's Culture Drives Growth, Demands Sacrifice

WSJ Careers - Mon, 12/05/2016 - 09:47
Founder Ren Zhengfei’s intense style looms large at world’s No. 3 smartphone maker, where employees are rewarded for things like forgoing vacations and overtime.

Small-Business Lament: Too Few Mexicans in U.S.

WSJ Careers - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 21:56
As the U.S. labor market tightens and the population of undocumented immigrants shrinks, employers in industries such as hospitality, construction and agriculture are scrambling to fill jobs they say Americans don’t want.

Majority of Delta Pilots Approve New Labor Contract

WSJ Careers - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 14:53
Pilots at Delta Air Lines ratified a new four-year labor contract that contains big raises and retains the aviators’ lucrative profit-sharing formula, reversing widespread rejection of an earlier proposed pact in 2015.

Out of Office: Workers Try a Year on the Road

WSJ Careers - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 21:20
The Remote Year program that plucks employees from their work environment and sends them on a round-the-world trip, as they work remotely for jobs based thousands of miles away.

CEO Shadows Workers to Learn 'Nitty-Gritty' Details

WSJ Careers - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 13:35
Joshua Reeves, CEO of Gusto, has begun shadowing employees to learn nitty-gritty details of all the work that goes on at the company. He learns about the job, helps with some tasks, and brainstorms new approaches.

Five Myths About Landing a Good Job Later in Life

WSJ Careers - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 08:32
The conventional wisdom says it’s impossible. The facts say otherwise.

How Amazon Gets Its Holiday Hires Up to Speed in Two Days

WSJ Careers - Mon, 11/28/2016 - 22:14
To prepare for the flood of holiday orders just under way, has been using technology ranging from touch screens to robots to shrink the time it takes to train new hires at its warehouses to as little as two days.

Cravath Doesn't Change Bonuses

WSJ Careers - Mon, 11/28/2016 - 18:27
Elite law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP told its junior lawyers Monday that year-end bonuses will be the same as last year’s, a sign that law firms continue to tread somewhat carefully in the postrecession world.

Local Governments Arrive on Schedule to Help Part-Time Workers

WSJ Careers - Mon, 11/28/2016 - 10:48
Laws requiring employers to give workers more predictable and remunerative schedules are sprouting across the nation, drawing the ire of some employers as local governments wade into the debate over inequality.

Tech Giants Are Poaching Universities' AI Talent

WSJ Careers - Fri, 11/25/2016 - 10:02
Google, Baidu, Facebook and others pursuing artificial intelligence are draining universities of top computer scientists who might otherwise be cultivating the next generation of AI researchers, say experts.

GE Appliance Workers Reject Contract Offer From Chinese Owner

WSJ Careers - Fri, 11/25/2016 - 00:32
Workers at the former appliance division of General Electric rejected a new contract this week, spurning an attempt by its new Chinese owners to cut costs at a massive factory complex in Louisville, Ky.

Retail Workers Clock In for Thanksgiving Holiday

WSJ Careers - Thu, 11/24/2016 - 21:13
The J.C. Penney store at the Mall at Bay Plaza in the Bronx usually closes at 9 p.m. but will be open for more than 24 hours, until 10 p.m. Friday, to ring in the holiday season.

Federal Judge Issues Nationwide Injunction Putting Overtime-Pay Regulation on Hold

WSJ Careers - Wed, 11/23/2016 - 14:27
A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction blocking a sweeping regulation set to qualify millions more Americans for overtime pay Dec. 1, delivering a blow to one of President Barack Obama’s signature workplace rules.

Who's Working in the 'Gig Economy'?

WSJ Careers - Wed, 11/23/2016 - 13:00
In the “gig economy,” workers run the gamut from independent contractors to moonlighters.

Court Halts Overtime Rule, Leaving Employers in Limbo

WSJ Careers - Wed, 11/23/2016 - 09:30
U.S. employers have spent months adjusting employee schedules, job duties and pay ahead of a new overtime rule set to take effect next week. But an order from a federal judge on Tuesday puts the fate of the rule into question.

Legal Marijuana Becomes Headache for Employee Drug Testing

WSJ Careers - Tue, 11/22/2016 - 23:08
A raft of new state marijuana legalization laws presents employers with hazy challenges when it comes to workplace drug testing.

How to Cope When Your Sponsor Leaves the Company

WSJ Careers - Tue, 11/22/2016 - 13:23
A good sponsor can turbocharge her protégés’ careers by staking her professional reputation on helping them succeed. But what happens when that sponsor leaves the company?

Crisis Consultant Writes Novels to Recharge

WSJ Careers - Tue, 11/22/2016 - 12:00
Crisis consultant Eric Dezenhall copes with his high-pressure job in an unusual way: He writes novels during his spare time.

Valuation Experts Will Be Held to a New Standard

WSJ Careers - Tue, 11/22/2016 - 10:42
The financial pros who specialize in assigning a valuation to intangible corporate assets, such as patents and trademarks, don’t have a credential that attests to their experience and training. That’s about to change.