Tuesday, July 27

Opinión

BI Commentary, Commentary Freelancer, Congress, Economy, Fight for 15, McDonald's, Minimum Wage, Opinión, Politics, Retail, Workers

It’s been 12 years since Congress last raised the minimum wage. As a McDonald’s worker who makes just $10 an hour, I’m getting sick of Congress delaying another much-needed raise.

It's been 12 years since the federal minimum wage was increased to $7.25 per hour. I'm a McDonald's worker who makes just $10 per hour. Millions of people across the country can no longer afford to wait — Congress must raise the minimum wage and lift workers out of poverty. Jarmier Owens has worked at a McDonald's location in Detroit for four years. This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
BI Commentary, Climate change, COVID-19, Economy, Farmers, Healthcare, Heatwaves, Opinión, permalancer, Politics, Science, Workers

Heatwaves are killing workers on the job. The government needs to set new rules for employers before more Americans needlessly die.

Extreme heat is a public health crisis, just like the coronavirus pandemic. Essential workers and communities of color are put at higher risk for heat-related illness and lack protections, just as they have during the pandemic. While emissions need to be cut, the present impacts of heat on people need to be addressed with changes to regulations and infrastructure. Abdullah Shihipar is a writer who covers public health, class, and race. This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
BI Commentary, Consumer spending, covid, delta variant, Economy, Federal Reserve, GDP, Markets, Opinión, Pandemic

The US economy’s boom is far from over — even with the Delta surge

With the Delta variant surging, COVID worries on once again on the rise. But there's no reason to worry about the US economy, even with new restrictions being floated. A helpful Fed, the encouraging data around vaccines, and flush consumers should keep the economy chugging along. This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
accessibility, BI Commentary, Commentary Freelancer, Labor, Old Age, Opinión, Tech, Tech Insider

The tech industry has a hidden unpaid labor problem

Tech services are increasingly reliant on young, tech-savvy people to explain products to older populations. Media depictions of older people not understanding technology often become self-fulfilling prophecies. Tech services must become more accessible for all age groups. Ingrid Cruz is a freelance writer based in Mississippi. This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
BI Commentary, Commentary Freelancer, Congress, Economy, Opinión, Payroll Tax, Politics, Unemployment

Congress is sitting on an easy solution to speed job growth without causing inflation

Congress should suspend employer payroll taxes for businesses that expand their current payrolls with new hires from the long-term unemployed. This kind of targeted tax cut was already done before in 2010, proved to be bipartisan, and doesn't cause inflation. A CBO study ranks this tool in the top tier for being cost effective in reducing unemployment. Joseph S. Fichera has served since 2000 as chief executive officer of Saber Partners, LLC, a boutique financial consulting firm for regulators and corporations. This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author. See more stories on Insider's business page. ...
Book Excerpt, Books, Contributor, contributor 2019, Nordic, Opinión, Psychology, Science

I’m a neuroscientist. I’m not worried about how screens will affect kids’ brains — here’s why.

David Eagleman is an author, neuroscientist at Stanford University, and host of "The Brain" on PBS. Below is an excerpt from his book, "Livewired," reprinted here with permission. In it, Eagleman says the internet, including screens, has unlocked a much richer level of education for children today. See more stories on Insider's business page. Given that the brain becomes wired from experience, what are the neural consequences of growing up on screens? Are the brains of digital natives different from the brains of the generations before them? ...
BI Commentary, Canada, Commentary Freelancer, Genocide, Indigenous People, Opinión, Politics

The revelation of Canada’s cultural genocide against native people should shake the world into a historical reckoning that extends beyond empty apologies

751 unmarked graves of indigenous Canadians were uncovered weeks after another mass grave was found. The shocking news should jolt not just Canada, but the entire global community into reckoning with their own histories of cultural genocide. From Australia to China and a number of nations in between, policy and not apologies are what marginalized communities need to heal. Parisa Hashempour is a freelance journalist and International Studies lecturer living in the Netherlands. This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author. Weeks after a mass grave of 215 children was uncovered at t...
caregivers, Childcare, Children, Contributor, contributor 2019, Daycare, Nordic, Opinión, Pandemic, Parenting, Strategy, The Conversation, Working parents

2 social scientists explain how childcare insecurity is hurting caregivers across the US

Childcare insecurity, or limited or uncertain access to adequate care, is a public health issue. The pandemic caused a spike in need that impacted the well-being and mental health of caregivers. Biden has proposed policies to address the issue, but economic constraints aren't the only cause. See more stories on Insider's business page. Childcare insecurity is a term we've come up with to describe limited or uncertain access to adequate childcare.It factors into many Americans' decisions whether to even have a child. Parents — mothers especially — often weigh the cost of childcare in their decision to return to work. And when a kid ...
BI Commentary, Biden, Commentary Freelancer, Healthcare, hearing aid, Opinión, OTC, Politics

Hearing aids cost an average of $5000. Biden’s plan to make them affordable doesn’t go far enough.

President Biden's recent executive order aims to address, among other things, the exorbitant costs of hearing aids. Hearing aids cost an average of $5,000 and are rarely covered by insurance. Only 14% of the 48 million Americans with hearing loss can afford hearing aids. Over-the-counter hearing aids are not meant for children or those with severe or profound hearing loss. Erin Marsh is a writer and yoga teacher from the Midwest. This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author. ...
BI Commentary, Birth Rate, Careers, Commentary Freelancer, Life, Motherhood, Opinión, Parenting, Strategy, Workplace Culture

I know firsthand that having kids while young is penalized at work. If we’re worried about declining birth rates, workplaces need to start supporting young motherhood.

The US birth rate is declining partly because women are delaying childbirth. Workplace culture that discriminates against mothers plays a big part in deterring women from having children earlier in life. Now is the time to address the part our workplaces play in families' reproductive options. Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt is a writer living in New York City. This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author. LoadingSomething is loading. ...