Trends and Business News

Can You Sue the Boss for Making You Answer Late-Night Email?

WSJ Careers - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 12:38
Company-issued smartphones have obliterated the line between the workday and off hours. For employers and workers, 8 p.m. emails from the boss aren’t just disrupting home life, they’re raising legal questions, too.

Who Is Your Uber Driver (and What Does He Want?)

WSJ Careers - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 13:34
A study sheds light on the universe of on-demand workers.

Europe Struggles to Foster Startups

WSJ Careers - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:04
Valuing prudence over risk-taking has made it tough for European countries to develop rivals to U.S. technology giants.

Use Stress to Your Advantage

WSJ Careers - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 23:43
To perform under pressure, research finds that welcoming anxiety is more helpful than calming down.

Rent a Desk, or Bathroom, in New York City With an App

WSJ Careers - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 20:54
A slew of innovative app-based services help New Yorkers instantly book short stints at the smallest of city spaces—a bathroom, a living room, an office. Need a pit stop? Try Airpnp.

At 102, Woman to Get Doctorate After Nazi Injustice

WSJ Careers - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 12:25
Ingeborg Rapoport will become the world’s oldest recipient of a doctorate after a Nazi injustice of almost eight decades ago is righted.

Percentage of African-American Police Officers Flat Since 2007

WSJ Careers - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 10:32
The percentage of African-Americans in U.S. police departments has remained flat since before the recession, even as police hiring of other minorities has increased, according to a new survey.

Firms Tell Gay Couples: Wed or Lose Your Benefits

WSJ Careers - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:08
With same-sex unions legal in 37 states and the District of Columbia, some employers are telling gay workers they must marry to maintain health coverage for their partners.

Facebook Presses More Pay for Janitors, Cooks

WSJ Careers - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 13:41
Facebook is pushing its vendors to improve pay and benefits for their workers, including wages of at least $15 an hour.

Employees Pay a Price to Retain Right to Sue

WSJ Careers - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 09:54
The U.S. arm of German pharmaceuticals firm Boehringer Ingelheim barred employees from receiving sales commissions if they didn't agree to pursue complaints against it in arbitration, rather than in court.

Independent Truckers Try New Mobile Apps

WSJ Careers - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 19:23
U.S. trucking business has remained stubbornly low-tech—but this may be starting to change.

College Majors Figure Big in Earnings

WSJ Careers - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 12:52
A study finds that while college pays, some majors pay much more, with median annual earnings in engineering three times that for education.

J.P. Morgan's Barista-Turned-Banker Sees Good Things Brewing

WSJ Careers - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 22:48
Ivette Agosto’s years of serving coffee to J.P. Morgan bankers got the Starbucks worker noticed—and hired.

When Your Best Mentor Is ... Mom

WSJ Careers - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 00:03
More women take on the role of professional mentor to their daughters.

The New Bookkeeper Is a Robot

WSJ Careers - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 13:59
Robots—basically software—are taking over corporate finance departments, replacing armies of people. Jobs vulnerable to automation include accounts-payable and accounts-receivable clerks and analysts.

New Job Program for New York City's Youth

WSJ Careers - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 08:13
The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City plans to introduce an initiative to connect 100,000 young New Yorkers with internships, mentorships and summer jobs by 2020.

Why Coding Is Your Child's Key to Unlocking the Future

WSJ Careers - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 23:36
Computer programing is a skill uniquely suited to training children how to solve problems and to express themselves, and many educators think it should be part of the basic curriculum, even for grade schoolers.

Workers' Comp Perils for Cirque Artists

WSJ Careers - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 00:33
Cirque du Soleil artists put themselves at risk to entertain but don’t get to keep their salaries if they suffer severe injuries.

Match Game: Companies Push Training to Close Skills Gap

WSJ Careers - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 00:35
Chevron Phillips Chemical is one of many companies around the country pushing programs to help close a skills gap that is weighing on the middle class and entrenching a growing income inequality.

The Trouble With Grading Employees

WSJ Careers - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 10:04
Employee-performance ratings such as ”meets expectations” sap morale, but many companies, including Intel, aren’t sure they can do without them.