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Companies need older workers: here is why

The demographic trend is no secret: the populations of the United States and other major industrial countries are getting older, and fast. That means workforces are aging too, but employers are doing surprisingly little to prepare to meet the challenges or adapt to employees' needs.

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Employers help pay student loans to attract workers

For public relations manager Maggie McCuen, having help from her job to repay student loans is not priceless - it is worth every tangible penny of the $1,416 her company has added to chip away at her loan balance since December 2016.

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Social reform is rare bright spot in Saudi economic gloom

Nouf al-Anzy's new life shows how Saudi Arabia's social reforms are helping its struggling economy. Six months ago she got her first job, one of tens of thousands of women to do so as the government tackles prejudice against female employment.

The prototype of an autonomous weeding machine by Swiss start-up ecoRobotix...

Robots fight weeds in challenge to agrochemical giants

In a field of sugar beet in Switzerland, a solar-powered robot that looks like a table on wheels scans the rows of crops with its camera, identifies weeds and zaps them with jets of blue liquid from its mechanical tentacles.

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Trump backs CEOs, proposes easing corporate reporting rules

U.S. President Donald Trump asked securities regulators to explore replacing quarterly reporting requirements with half-yearly filings at the urging of executives including PepsiCo Chief Executive Indra Nooyi, reigniting a debate about how often companies should give financial updates to investors.

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Wage growth puzzle on next week's Jackson Hole agenda

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell and other central bankers meeting in Grand Teton National Park next week plan a deep dive into the root causes of stubbornly low inflation, slow wage growth and tepid productivity gains, all of which have dogged growth in the United States and other developed economies for years.

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