Amid an uptick in coronavirus hospitalizations caused by the infectious delta variant, Amazon has pushed back its return-to-office date for tech and corporate workers until January 2022, according to internal messages seen by The Seattle Times.
Unlike crosstown rival Microsoft, Amazon will not mandate employees receive the COVID-19 vaccine ...Read more
Ford Motor Co. is offering buyouts to some salaried employees in the U.S. as part of a bid to eliminate about 1,000 positions as it looks to better align staffing with needed skills, the Dearborn automaker confirmed Thursday.
"We have offered a voluntary separation program to eligible U.S. salaried employees in select skill teams," the company ...Read more
Qualcomm has sparked a potential bidding war for a Swedish maker automotive safety technologies by making an unsolicited offer to acquire Veoneer Inc. for $4.55 billion.
The proposal from the San Diego smartphone chip firm announced Thursday tops Magna International's buyout price of $3.8 billion. Magna made its offer in July subject to a ...Read more
Q: I have a large tree on my property close to the property line that I have been trimming for years. Some branches fall on the property line, and some in the neighbor’s yard. This has never been an issue until the neighbor installed a fence on the property line. Now the neighbor says if I damage her fence, she’ll charge me to repair it. Can...Read more
Applications for U.S. state unemployment benefits eased last week, highlighting the latest incremental improvement in the labor market.
Initial unemployment claims in regular state programs totaled 385,000 in the week ended July 31, down 14,000 from the prior week, Labor Department data showed Thursday. The figure was in line with the median ...Read more
Q: Regarding the topic of clogged sunroof drain tubes, I have found a quick and easy way to clean them using weed-whacker trim line. It is long and flexible enough to navigate the entire drain tube yet firm enough to get the job done by pushing any blockage out without damaging anything in the process. And bonus, the trim line is still usable in...Read more
Rocket Companies Inc. will offer financing for solar panels and installation, leveraging its technology that allows customers to get mortgages, find homes and secure personal loans online.
As experts predict the booming housing and refinance market could be cooling, the Detroit-based mortgage giant has sought to expand into financial ...Read more
As Illinois begins to award much-delayed cannabis business licenses, the new business owners will face a long uphill climb. They’ll be pitting mom-and-pop startups against giant companies that have had a five-year head start to take control of the market.
Entry-level entrepreneurs will have, in many cases, one dispensary to compete with ...Read more
Like hundreds of thousands of other Washingtonians, Priscilla Bell, a personal trainer in Seattle, lost her job during the first chaotic weeks of the pandemic last year.
But unlike many of those laid off due to COVID-19, Bell hasn't been able to find work since, despite an intensive job search that started when gyms partially reopened for the ...Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Buyers grabbed hotel properties in the Bay Area and California at a record pace during the first half of 2021, a sign investors are confident the state and region will recuperate from coronavirus-linked maladies.
The Bay Area was one of the regions that led the boom in hotel purchases from January through June of this year,...Read more
Consumers who are facing a cash crunch are once again warned to avoid paying upfront fees and falling for sure-fire guarantees when it comes to fixing their credit problems.
The Federal Trade Commission announced a string of actions in the past few months connected to student loan debt relief schemes, mortgage debt relief schemes and credit ...Read more
The New York International Auto Show won't happen this month as planned, thanks to the rapidly evolving impacts of the coronavirus delta variant. It's the second year in a row that the virus has prompted the show's cancellation.
Organizers announced Wednesday they would cancel the show, which had been scheduled to be open to the public Aug. 20-...Read more
Facing looming debt payments, film studio STX, known for movies including “Hustlers” and the “Bad Moms” franchise, is trying to quickly generate cash from its 46-film library.
In a regulatory filing Tuesday, parent company Eros STX Global Corp. said it “has entered into an exclusive negotiation period with a third party to monetize ...Read more
Hollywood’s strict safety protocols are being tested as the COVID-19 Delta variant rips through Los Angeles.
Several TV and film productions have reported virus outbreaks and some have been forced to pause shoots, even as the industry grapples with new safety protocols. Fox's "The Masked Singer," CBS' "S.W.A.T" and the HBO Max movie "House ...Read more
Carnival Cruise Line announced it was shifting two COVID-19 policies this month, one that will require more mask wearing and another that will ask all passengers for a negative antigen test before boarding.
The mask policy, which goes into effect on Aug. 7, calls for all passengers, whether vaccinated or not, to wear a mask while on board in ...Read more
Cruise lines like Royal Caribbean and Disney may have gone through the trouble of simulated voyages that open the door for unvaccinated guests to sail, but a new policy in the U.S. Virgin Islands will thwart some from sailing.
The policy requires all cruise passengers ages 12 and over to be fully vaccinated or the territory will not allow the ...Read more
Target is the latest employer to increase higher education benefits as the tight labor market continues.
The Minneapolis-based employer said Wednesday that it would offer its 340,000 front-line workers access to free bachelor's and associate degree programs, including the cost of textbooks.
The benefit applies to both part- and full-time ...Read more
The dream — and the hype — of hydrogen-powered, zero-emissions aviation will prepare for takeoff from Moses Lake in Central Washington.
An ambitious new project aims to modify small regional turboprop aircraft there to fly on hydrogen fuel, test and certify them to carry passengers, and potentially offer a long-term solution to aviation's ...Read more
For the better part of a decade, a time bomb has been ticking at Oakland-based Kaiser Permanente — an accumulation of allegations that the giant health plan systematically defrauded Medicare by overstating the severity of its patients' medical conditions.
On July 30, the bomb detonated. That's when the Department of Justice joined six ...Read more
General Motors reported a strong second-quarter despite the challenges of low inventory as the industry battles a global semiconductor chip shortage. The automaker confidently increased its expected full-year earnings.
GM credits its gains to prioritizing the production of its highest demand vehicles such as full-size pickups and SUVs and ...Read more
- Drunk-driver detectors for cars part of infrastructure bill
- Real estate Q&A: Who pays if tree trimming damages fence between neighbors?
- Carnival Cruise Line shifts policy to require masks, antigen tests for all
- US Virgin Islands vaccine requirement throws wrinkle into Florida cruise plans
- Despite Washington's labor shortage, thousands on long-term unemployment can't find a job