Yuki Noguchi http://kbia.org en When Being Pregnant Also Means Being Out Of A Job http://kbia.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 21:12:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 51514 at http://kbia.org When Being Pregnant Also Means Being Out Of A Job When Divorce Leads To A Happily Ever After For A Small Business http://kbia.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 51461 at http://kbia.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://kbia.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 20:19:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 51185 at http://kbia.org Can't Ask That? Some Job Interviewers Go To Social Media Instead Stop, Thief! When Colleagues Steal From The Office Fridge http://kbia.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 50677 at http://kbia.org Stop, Thief! When Colleagues Steal From The Office Fridge An Intern At 40-Something, And 'Paid In Hugs' http://kbia.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 50544 at http://kbia.org An Intern At 40-Something, And 'Paid In Hugs' OK To Vape In The Office? Cities, Feds and Firms Still Deciding http://kbia.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 50023 at http://kbia.org OK To Vape In The Office? Cities, Feds and Firms Still Deciding In First Press Conference, New Fed Chair Goes Vague http://kbia.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 20:20:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 49884 at http://kbia.org Fannie Mae: Now Free From Debt But Still Under Government's Wing http://kbia.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 21:37:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 48537 at http://kbia.org Demographic Shifts Contribute To The Changing Face Of Retail http://kbia.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 48290 at http://kbia.org Demographic Shifts Contribute To The Changing Face Of Retail With New Rules, Pot Business Gets A Little Less Hazy For Banks http://kbia.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 23:01:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 48198 at http://kbia.org Drug Store Plans To Rid Its Shelves Of Tobacco Products http://kbia.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 22:16:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 47708 at http://kbia.org CVS Caremark To Clear Shelves Of Tobacco Products http://kbia.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 13:39:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 47675 at http://kbia.org Meet The myRA — Obama's New Retirement Plan http://kbia.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 22:16:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 47375 at http://kbia.org The Income Gap: How Much Is Too Much? http://kbia.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 47179 at http://kbia.org The Income Gap: How Much Is Too Much? GlaxoSmithKline To Stop Paying Doctors To Promote Its Drugs http://kbia.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 21:20:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 45439 at http://kbia.org