Yuki Noguchi

Yuki Noguchi is a correspondent on the Business Desk based out of NPR's headquarters in Washington D.C. Since joining NPR in 2008, she's covered business and economic news, and has a special interest in workplace issues — everything from abusive working environments, to the idiosyncratic cubicle culture. In recent years she has covered the housing market meltdown, unemployment during the Great Recession, and covered the aftermath of the tsunami in Japan in 2011. As in her personal life, however, her coverage interests are wide-ranging, and have included things like entomophagy and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Prior to joining NPR, Yuki started her career as a reporter for The Washington Post. She reported on stories mostly about business and technology, and later became an editor.

Yuki grew up with a younger brother speaking her parents' native Japanese at home. She has a degree in history from Yale.

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U.S.
4:52 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

New Rules Could Create A New Class Of Overtime Workers

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 6:22 pm

As President Obama promised, a new rule would make 5 million more Americans eligible for overtime pay.

Many workers say it's a welcome change. But businesses say employees could see negative, unintended consequences.

Barrett Zenger has managed a music store in Corpus Christi, Texas, for the past seven years, where he oversees two dozen employees, stocks inventory and fills in for sales clerks who call in sick.

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Business
3:15 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Obama Proposes Expanding Overtime Pay To Nearly 5 Million Workers

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 6:14 pm

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Business
5:43 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Business Groups Win After Senate Passes Fast-Track Trade Bill

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 12:49 pm

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U.S.
4:17 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

State Department Computer Glitch Creates A Visa Nightmare

A glitch in the State Department's visa system has affected people around the world. Many, including athletes, workers and students, have been unable to enter the United States.
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Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 7:56 pm

The State Department says it is working around the clock on a computer problem that's having widespread impact on travel into the U.S. The glitch has practically shut down the visa application process.

Of the 50,000 visa applications received every day, only a handful of emergency visas are getting issued.

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Business
3:30 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

Gap Announces Closure Of 175 North American Stores

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 5:21 am

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Business
3:31 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Judge Rules In Favor Of AIG In Bailout Case, But Offers No Damages

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 6:20 pm

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All Tech Considered
4:00 am
Wed June 10, 2015

Businesses Are Hanging Up On Voice Mail To Dial In Productivity

That little red "message" light may not be as ubiquitous in offices as it used to be.
Photo illustration: Ariel Zambelich/NPR

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 8:58 am

A few short years after voice mail was developed in the late 1970s, it quickly became an essential business tool.

But in the past few years, its use has been in decline. And some offices have opted to get rid of it altogether.

After JPMorgan Chase said last week it was canceling voice mail for most of its employees, I sent the bank's public relations department an email.

A bit later, there was that familiar red light on my desk phone:

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Shots - Health News
4:28 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

When Are Employee Wellness Incentives No Longer Voluntary?

There are legal questions about how far employers can go to encourage participation in wellness programs.
Bjorn Rune Lie Ikon Images/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 5:49 pm

Scotts Miracle-Gro makes products for the care and health of lawns. The Marysville, Ohio, company says it wants to nurture its 8,000 employees the same way.

"It's very much of a family culture here," says Jim King, a spokesman for the Scotts company, which offers discounted prescriptions, annual health screenings and some free medical care.

In states where it's legal, the company refuses to hire people who smoke.

"We've been screening for tobacco use for about a decade," King says. "We no longer employ tobacco users."

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All Tech Considered
2:24 am
Wed May 20, 2015

How A Bigger Lunch Table At Work Can Boost Productivity

A view of the central area of Atlassian's office in San Francisco. The software company found that desks were used only 20 percent of the workday — half as much as conference rooms were used.
Atlassian

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 2:09 pm

The loftlike San Francisco office of software maker Atlassian has an open central amphitheater, where all-staff gatherings and midday boot camp exercises are held.

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Business
3:31 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

McDonald's Plans To Rebrand Itself As A 'Progressive Burger Company'

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 1:02 am

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Business
4:02 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Comcast Drops $45 Billion Bid For Time Warner Cable

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 5:55 pm

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U.S.
3:22 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Some Companies Fight Pay Gap By Eliminating Salary Negotiations

Women stage a protest demanding equal pay for women at a 2012 rally in Miami.
J Pat Carter AP

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 9:56 am

When it comes to negotiating salaries, the research is pretty clear: women are less assertive than men. It's one reason women who start their careers with a narrower pay gap see it widen over time.

Carnegie Mellon economics professor Linda Babcock, who studies the gender pay gap, says men are four times more likely to negotiate their pay. That keeps women at a disadvantage, though they're not always aware of it.

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Business
3:34 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Verizon Announces Changes To Its Cable TV Service

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 9:05 pm

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Business
3:43 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

New York Investigates Retailers For Unpredictable Work Schedules

Gap is among 13 big retailers that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is investigating for possible violations of "reporting time" laws. Gap says it is establishing "sustainable scheduling practices."
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 1:49 pm

The unpredictable schedules of retail and fast-food workers is a big issue in workers rights campaigns. Now, the New York attorney general is investigating the way some of the country's biggest retailers handle scheduling.

In New York, if a worker shows up for a shift that he doesn't end up being needed for, the law says he still is due four hours of pay. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says retailers, especially, rely heavily on systems that require workers to be ready to work a shift — regardless of whether they end up working. It's called on-call work.

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Latin America
4:31 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Airbnb Finds Interest In Cuba But Hurdles Must Be Overcome First

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 6:56 am

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