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The Mystery Of Contract Work: Why So Many Guys?

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:19:19 -0500

An NPR/Marist poll shows 65 percent of contract workers are men and 62 percent are under 45. Contract workers gain flexibility, but when business goes down, they're often the first to be fired.

Do You Work A Side Gig On Top Of Your Full-Time Job?

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:53:02 -0500

NPR is interested in hearing from people who work side jobs on top of their full-time positions.

British Regulators Reject Murdoch's Bid For Sky

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:18:00 -0500

In a setback for Rupert Murdoch family, British regulators said the planned $15 billion takeover of Sky was not in the public interest and would be blocked unless there is a way to prevent the tycoon from influencing the network's news output.

Google Selfies

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:00:53 -0500

Today's Indicator: Your face. It's worth money. It's the next big thing. And, if you're like most of us, you're giving it away.

Facing Slumping Sales, Coke Hopes To Catch A Wave Of Fans With New Flavors

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:56:00 -0500

The beverage company hopes to entice young people and former soda drinkers with four new fruity versions of Diet Coke. The decline in sales reflects a shift toward bottled water and flavored seltzer.

Kimberly-Clark Announces Layoffs, Along With $3.3 Billion In Operating Profit

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:43:00 -0500

Kimberly-Clark plans to cut up to 5,500 jobs — about 13 percent of its workforce — and get rid of 10 manufacturing plants, as its CEO cites "a challenging environment."

Who's Trading Bitcoin? South Korea Wants To Know

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:25:00 -0500

Seoul announced that beginning next week, all trading in cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ether must be traceable. Authorities also say digital currency exchanges in South Korea will be taxed.

Rights Abuses Still 'Widespread' In Thailand's Fishing Industry, Report Says

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:06:00 -0500

Migrant workers from Myanmar and Cambodia are often paid below the minimum wage, are not paid on time, and are held in debt, says a new Human Rights Watch report.

World's Most Influential People Gather For Davos Economic Forum

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:03:00 -0500

From Switzerland, Washington Post foreign affairs writer Ishaan Tharoor talks to Rachel Martin about what entrepreneurs, politicians, artists and thinkers are talking about this year.

Will Work For No Benefits: The Challenges Of Being In The New Contract Workforce

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:02:00 -0500

A new NPR/Marist poll shows that more than half of contract workers don't get employee benefits. "We really don't have much of a social safety net, and that's terrifying," freelancer Matt Nelson says.

Tax Credit Aims To Boost Availability Of Paid Family Leave, But Will It Work?

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:00:24 -0500

Many specialists in family leave policy say the tax credits included in the new federal law are too small to persuade most employers to offer such benefits.

5 Workers Are Missing After An Explosion At Oklahoma Drilling Rig

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 03:46:00 -0500

One worker was taken to a hospital and 16 others made it out of the area safely. The fire was put out Monday night but rescue workers can't search for the missing until the site cools down.

Puerto Rico's Governor Announces Plan To Privatize Island's Troubled Electric Utility

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 03:13:00 -0500

Gov. Ricardo Rosselló says it may take 18 months to sell off the beleaguered Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, or PREPA, which has failed to fully restore electricity months after Hurricane Maria.

Trump Slaps Tariffs On Imported Solar Panels And Washing Machines

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:18:23 -0500

The move has met with both praise and criticism from the solar energy industry. Manufacturers lobbied for the tariffs, while solar installers warned that American jobs will be lost.

New York 'Daily News' Exec Investigated After Harassment Complaint

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:53:00 -0500

Parent company Tronc opened the inquiry after a request for comment by NPR. Daily News Managing Editor Robert Moore is accused of pressuring women for attention and punishing those who object.