Yuki Noguchi http://kunm.org en Online Sales Taxes Shift Consumer Behavior, Study Shows http://kunm.org/post/online-sales-taxes-shift-consumer-behavior-study-shows Technically, consumers are supposed to pay taxes on things they buy online. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 44214 at http://kunm.org Online Sales Taxes Shift Consumer Behavior, Study Shows When Being Pregnant Also Means Being Out Of A Job http://kunm.org/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 21:30:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 44009 at http://kunm.org When Being Pregnant Also Means Being Out Of A Job When Divorce Leads To A Happily Ever After For A Small Business http://kunm.org/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 43966 at http://kunm.org 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://kunm.org/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 43750 at http://kunm.org Can't Ask That? Some Job Interviewers Go To Social Media Instead Stop, Thief! When Colleagues Steal From The Office Fridge http://kunm.org/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 21:54:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 43343 at http://kunm.org Stop, Thief! When Colleagues Steal From The Office Fridge An Intern At 40-Something, And 'Paid In Hugs' http://kunm.org/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 43244 at http://kunm.org An Intern At 40-Something, And 'Paid In Hugs' OK To Vape In The Office? Cities, Feds and Firms Still Deciding http://kunm.org/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 21:03:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 42799 at http://kunm.org OK To Vape In The Office? Cities, Feds and Firms Still Deciding In First Press Conference, New Fed Chair Goes Vague http://kunm.org/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 42688 at http://kunm.org Fannie Mae: Now Free From Debt But Still Under Government's Wing http://kunm.org/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 21:05:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 41622 at http://kunm.org Demographic Shifts Contribute To The Changing Face Of Retail http://kunm.org/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 21:13:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 41441 at http://kunm.org Demographic Shifts Contribute To The Changing Face Of Retail With New Rules, Pot Business Gets A Little Less Hazy For Banks http://kunm.org/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 23:12:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 41355 at http://kunm.org Drug Store Plans To Rid Its Shelves Of Tobacco Products http://kunm.org/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 22:36:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 40972 at http://kunm.org CVS Caremark To Clear Shelves Of Tobacco Products http://kunm.org/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 40942 at http://kunm.org Meet The myRA — Obama's New Retirement Plan http://kunm.org/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 40680 at http://kunm.org The Income Gap: How Much Is Too Much? http://kunm.org/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 40532 at http://kunm.org The Income Gap: How Much Is Too Much? GlaxoSmithKline To Stop Paying Doctors To Promote Its Drugs http://kunm.org/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 21:43:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 39051 at http://kunm.org Economists, Unemployed Fret Over Long-Term Jobless Aid Lapse http://kunm.org/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 39014 at http://kunm.org Economists, Unemployed Fret Over Long-Term Jobless Aid Lapse Twitter Critics Say It's Not Sensitive Enough To Cyberbullying http://kunm.org/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 22:36:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 38904 at http://kunm.org Twitter Critics Say It's Not Sensitive Enough To Cyberbullying Companies Revisit 'Rank And Yank' of 1980s http://kunm.org/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 38364 at http://kunm.org Small Firms May Soon Turn To Crowdfunding To Sell Shares http://kunm.org/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 38139 at http://kunm.org Small Firms May Soon Turn To Crowdfunding To Sell Shares Economic, Political Volatility Cloud Housing Recovery http://kunm.org/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 20:50:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 37054 at http://kunm.org Economic, Political Volatility Cloud Housing Recovery How Should Justice Distribute $4 Billion To Harmed Homeowners? http://kunm.org/post/how-should-justice-distribute-4-billion-harmed-homeowners Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The Justice Department is negotiating a multibillion-dollar settlement with JPMorgan over its handling of mortgage-related securities during the financial crisis. The deal could be announced this week, and it reportedly includes $4 billion set aside for homeowners who lost substantial value on their homes. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 36888 at http://kunm.org Moving In With Manufacturers, Amazon Delivers A New Approach http://kunm.org/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 36843 at http://kunm.org Moving In With Manufacturers, Amazon Delivers A New Approach Enrollments For Health Care Exchanges Trickle In, Slowly http://kunm.org/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 36540 at http://kunm.org When It Comes To Businesses, How Big Is Small? http://kunm.org/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 35391 at http://kunm.org When It Comes To Businesses, How Big Is Small? Some Investors Choosing U.S. Over Emerging Markets http://kunm.org/post/some-investors-choosing-us-over-emerging-markets Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>For a long time, investors aiming for city profits have maintained that the smart money was on emerging markets. Economic growth in Brazil, Russia, India and China, the BRIC countries as they're known, has outstripped opportunities in the U.S. But in recent months, there is evidence that trend is starting to change. NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports investors are turning back to markets in the U.S. and other developed economies.<p>YUKI NOGUCHI, BYLINE: Until recently, emerging markets seemed like a great bet. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 21:13:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 33791 at http://kunm.org Beyond .Com: Some See Confusion In Internet Domain Expansion http://kunm.org/post/beyond-com-some-see-confusion-internet-domain-expansion Starting this fall, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or <a href="http://www.icann.org/">ICANN</a>, will begin rolling out 20 new suffixes, or top-level domains, every week. This will create new entrepreneurial opportunities, says ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade.<p>"Diversity to the domain name system is coming," he says.<p>On the Internet today, there are just 22 Web suffixes, including .org, .biz, and, of course, .com. Thu, 01 Aug 2013 07:00:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 32962 at http://kunm.org Beyond .Com: Some See Confusion In Internet Domain Expansion GDP Report Is Better Than Economists Expected http://kunm.org/post/gdp-report-better-economists-expected Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>NPR's business news starts begins with some surprising economic growth.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>GREENE: The U.S. Commerce Department says the economy grew at an unexpectedly swift pace during the second quarter of the year. The Gross Domestic Product, or GDP, grew at an annual rate of 1.7 percent. That compares to the first quarter, when it grew at 1.1 percent. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:41:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 32938 at http://kunm.org D.C. Wage Rift Puts Spotlight On Wal-Mart's Urban Push http://kunm.org/post/dc-wage-rift-puts-spotlight-wal-marts-urban-push Wal-Mart's long-standing plans to come to Washington, D.C., are now up in the air. The City Council passed <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=201553211">a living wage law</a> that would require the world's largest retailer to pay $12.50 an hour, more than the city's current $8.25 minimum wage.<p>So Wal-Mart is saying it will abandon three of the six stores it planned to build in the District and is evaluating whether to forge ahead with the remaining stores currently under construction. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 21:03:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 32261 at http://kunm.org D.C. Wage Rift Puts Spotlight On Wal-Mart's Urban Push As Mortgage Rates Rise, Homebuyers Face New Dilemma http://kunm.org/post/mortgage-rates-rise-homebuyers-face-new-dilemma A recent spike in mortgage rates has created a new predicament for potential homebuyers: Forge ahead and try to lock in now? Or hold off?<p>Dhruv Gupta was quoted a 3.5 percent rate in May while searching for a place to buy in the San Francisco area. Less than two months later, he's looking at 5.2 percent for the same loan. But this trend has not deterred Gupta.<p>"It's a fact of life," he says. "I mean I can't control them, so what do you do?"<p>Over the weekend, Gupta bit the bullet and put a down payment on a two-bedroom condo in Oakland. Tue, 02 Jul 2013 21:51:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 31613 at http://kunm.org As Mortgage Rates Rise, Homebuyers Face New Dilemma