Tag: labor

Americans confront spice cabinets stocked with ancient history and what to know before traveling overseas amid COVID

Hi, MarketWatchers. Don’t miss these top stories. Over 9 million additional Americans will lose enhanced unemployment benefits next month Some 3.5 million Americans from 26...

I loaned my son thousands of dollars last year when he was out of work. Now he is spending lavishly, while we are struggling

Dear Quentin, Last year, I loaned my adult son several thousand dollars while he was laid off during the pandemic. Now he has returned to...

‘You’ve got to do the right thing’: 50 healthcare groups ask employers to mandate worker COVID vaccines — but one big obstacle remains

In the face of rising COVID-19 case counts fueled by the delta variant and ongoing reluctance to get vaccinated among many Americans, more than 50...

Opinion: What is true financial freedom?

Two recent surveys show the troubles Americans are having with money, and especially with retirement. And it’s not just in the wake of the pandemic,...

No, you’re not crazy. Yes, the CDC’s mask guidelines are confusing — why you should wear a mask indoors even if you’re vaccinated

Wear a mask. Don’t wear a mask. Make one. Buy one. Wear it outdoors. Wear it indoors. Confused? You’re not alone. “The delta variant is...

Activision Blizzard CEO admits ‘tone deaf’ response to allegations, ahead of employee walkout

Facing an employee revolt ahead of the videogame company’s quarterly earnings report, Activision Blizzard Inc. Chief Executive Bobby Kotick went into damage-control mode Tuesday. Responding...

My girlfriend makes twice what I earn. I reluctantly paid the $200 dinner check for her first promotion. She just got another one. Should I pay again?

A couple of years ago, my girlfriend received a promotion to a management position. We both agreed that we should go out and celebrate her...

I successfully renovated a condo building. My new husband offered to manage my next project — and it all went horribly wrong

I come from a very poor background. I have been homeless a few times. Through hard work and sheer sacrifice I was not only able...

I’m a 55-year-old single mom adopting a teenager. I have $550,000 in my retirement account, make $295,000 a year but would like to retire early. Can I?

I am a 55-year-old single woman with one 19-year-old child, and am a lawyer. My annual salary is $295,000. I own a home worth about...

Uber showed drivers lower fares than passengers, blames California law it supported

Uber Technologies Inc. acknowledged Friday it had been showing drivers lower fares than what riders actually paid and promised to change the practice, which it...

Chipotle’s lunchtime business is picking up, a sign that workers are heading back to the office

Lunchtime at Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. is picking up, according to Chief Financial Officer Jack Hartung, a sign that workers are heading back to their...

Uber and Lyft drivers strike, seek passage of PRO Act

Ride-hailing drivers across the country executed a strike Wednesday, calling on the U.S. Senate to pass the PRO Act, a bill that would allow them...

This lucrative tax credit pays business owners who hire eligible veterans, teens and other workers

It’s not easy to hire workers these days. But if your business hires a member of a certain group, you can claim the potentially lucrative...

Why online-travel giant Booking is getting into the fintech game

Add Booking Holdings Inc. to the list of e-commerce companies betting that a tighter control over the payments process will create a better experience for...

I’m 56, my husband is 57 and retired. We have about $750,000 saved and a military pension. I’m ‘tired of working in America.’ Can I retire in three years?

I am 56 and my husband is 57. He spent 26 years in the military and is now retired from active duty. I continue to...

Game on? Netflix hires first videogame executive, signaling a new approach

Netflix Inc. announced its first major videogame hire Wednesday, potentially signaling a move beyond its streaming-video roots. Netflix NFLX, +1.34% hired Mike Verdu as vice...

Student-loan giant that manages Public Service Loan Forgiveness will stop servicing federal loans

The controversial organization that for years has been public servants’ main point of contact in accessing student-loan forgiveness will no longer be servicing federal student...

The No. 1 reason workers are considering switching jobs

Many workers are ready to bounce. Some 95% of respondents in a new survey were “currently considering changing jobs,” and 92% said they would switch...

Minneapolis Fed requiring COVID-19 vaccinations by next month — or employees will lose their jobs

Employees at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis have until the end of August to get vaccinated against COVID-19 if they want to keep their...

The pandemic is inspiring Kickstarter and Unilever to test four-day workweeks — but will it hurt productivity?

An office is no longer synonymous with conference rooms and cubicles. For many, it’s become synonymous with being at home with pets, family members or...

I earn $54K. My wife earns $28K. I pay most of our bills, but she’s upset that she pays our $3K annual taxes

Dear Quentin, My wife and I have been married for six and a half years. I bring home about $54,000 per year after taxes as...

This U.S. city has the highest share of superrich residents in the world — and it’s not New York, Seattle or San Francisco

If you’re hoping to mingle with multimillionaires this summer, you can skip the Hamptons and Lake Como. Where you’re most likely to bump into an...

There are plenty of jobs, but not enough people to fill them. What’s going on?

The U.S. created 850,000 new jobs in June. Great. Yet 9 million people who likely would be working right now had there been no pandemic...

Opinion: The tax shock that could save Social Security

If they come for our Social Security and Medicare checks in a few years’ time – and there is an ominous chance that they might –...

I’m 62, unemployed, living off my savings and waiting on Social Security — ‘Can I go fishing for the next 25 years and forget about work?’

I am a 62-year-old single male and have no children. I decided three years ago to quit work and enjoy my life instead of working...